Birthdays in Sport on October 23

Person of interestJohn Heisman

1869 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1894 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (England's Bodyline captain)
  • 1904 Harvey Penick, American golfer (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1924), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, NFL, AAFC tackle (NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Tom Dewdney, cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's)
  • 1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican PGA golfer (1972 Byron Nelson), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1936 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)

Person of interestPele

1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century - 1281 goals in 1363 games), born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • 1941 Colin Milburn, cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short)
  • 1946 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1956 Darrell Pace, archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1957 Sue Ertl, American LPGA golfer, born in Ionia, Michigan
  • 1960 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • 1961 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • 1962 Christo van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1962 Doug Flutie, CFL/NFL quarterback (Argonauts, Generals, Bears, Pats)
  • 1962 Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 David Bedard, 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Al Leiter, Toms River NJ, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets)
  • 1966 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver
  • 1967 Jaime Yzaga, Peruvian tennis star, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1967 Michael Philbrick, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1968 Bettina Fulco Villella, Mar Del Plata Arg, tennis star (1993 Futures)
  • 1968 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • 1971 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1973 Blaine McElmurry, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Mac Cozier, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Sjoerd Sanders, soccer player (PSV/MVV)
  • 1974 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • 1974 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1975 Keith Van Horn, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • 1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • 1978 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • 1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
  • 1979 Jorge Solís, Mexican professional boxer
  • 1980 Jade Davidson, Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver
  • 1981 Ben Francisco, American baseball player
  • 1982 Valentin Badea, Romanian footballer
  • 1983 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer
  • 1986 Jake Robinson, English footballer
  • 1988 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player