On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 23

John Heisman

1869 John Heisman, American football coach (legalised forward pass, originated the center-snap; Heisman Trophy named after him), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

  • 1886 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago White Sox; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Rube Bressler, American baseball player, born in Coder, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Douglas Jardine, English cricketer (England's Bodyline captain), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1958)
  • 1904 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American football tackle and coach (Brooklyn (NFL), 1938-44; Navy (AAFC), 1945; NY Yankees (NFL), 1946-7), born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1920 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), born in McAlister, New Mexico (d. 1968)

Jim Bunning

1931 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame MLB pitcher, 1955-71 (9X All-Star; perfect game 1964; no-hitter 1958; Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies), and politician (US Senator from Kentucky, 1999-2011; US Representative, 1987-99), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)

  • 1933 Tom Dewdney, West Indian cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1936 Barry Sinclair, New Zealand cricket batsman (21 Tests, 3 x 100s; Wellington CA), born in Wellington, New Zealand


1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil

  • 1941 Colin Milburn, English cricket batsman (9 Tests, 2 x 100, 2 x 50, HS 139; Northamptonshire CCC, MCC, WA CA), born in Burnopfield, England (d. 1990)
  • 1946 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Betsy Nagelsen, American tennis player, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1956 Darrell Pace, American archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist (3x 500cc World Champion), born in Downey, California
  • 1961 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer (Barcelona), born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 1962 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • 1962 Doug Flutie, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1984, Boston College; Grey Cup MVP 1992, 96, 97; Pro Bowl 1998, Buffalo Bills), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1962 Mike Tomczak, *American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Calumet City, Illinois
  • 1963 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Al Leiter, American pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets), born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • 1966 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver who raced with prosthetic limbs, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1967 Jaime Yzaga, Peruvian tennis star, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1968 Bettina Fulco Villella, Argentinian tennis star (1993 Futures), born in Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  • 1968 Kevin Henry, american NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • 1972 Tiffeny Milbrett, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1973 Blaine McElmurry, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1974 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974 Dani Tyler, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Sander Westerveld, Dutch soccer coach and player (FC Twente), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1975 Keith Van Horn, American NBA forward, 1997-2006 (New Jersey Nets, and 4 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer, born in Ashington, England
  • 1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer and TV host (Soccer AM), born in East Ham, England
  • 1978 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer, born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • 1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer (Fulham), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • 1979 Jorge Solís, Mexican boxer (WBA Super Featherweight title 2010), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1980 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player, born in Fantino, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver, born in Heemstede, Netherlands
  • 1983 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer, born in Kenourgio, Greece
  • 1988 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • 1992 Álvaro Morata, Spanish footballer (Juventus), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1993 Fabinho [Fábio Tavares], Brazilian footballer (Liverpool), born in Campinas, Brazil
  • 1997 Nick Bosa, American NFL player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida