On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 24

  • 1857 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1894)
  • 1872 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1909 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, born in Shanghai, China (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Marshall Goldberg, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Ken Mackay, Australian cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder), born in Windsor, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959), born in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Arvind Apte, Indian cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
  • 1944 Viktor Prokopenko, Ukranian footballer and coach, born in Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1953 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)

  • 1953 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • 1955 Ghulam Parkar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982), born in Kaluste, Maharashtra, India
  • 1957 Ron Gardenhire, German-American baseball manager, born in Butzbach, Hessen, West Germany
  • 1960 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer and broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
  • 1960 Joachim Winkelhock, German race car driver, born in Waiblingen, West Germany
  • 1961 Rafael Belliard, MLB infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic
  • 1962 Jay Novacek, American NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Martin, South Dakota
  • 1963 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer, born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1965 Donald Frank, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  • 1965 Vernice Smith, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966 F. P. Santangelo, American baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1966 Shawn Lee, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Ian Bishop, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian fast bowler), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1968 Adrian Dale, South African cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1968 Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • 1968 Ken Ryan, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1969 Arthur Rhodes, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1969 Kelvin Pritchett, American NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Lamont Hollinquest, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Walter Dunson, NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)

  • 1971 Aaron Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971 Mike Verstegen, American NFL guard (New Orleans Saints), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Eric Sutton, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1972 Ruxandra Dragomir, Romanian tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles), born in Piteşti, Romania
  • 1972 T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aurora, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1972 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Kenny Holmes, American football defensive end (Tennessee Oilers), born in Gifford, Florida
  • 1973 Levi Leipheimer, American road racing cyclist, born in Butte, Montana
  • 1973 Mike Matthews, American baseball player, born in Woodbridge, Virginia
  • 1973 Jackie McNamara, Scottish football coach and executive, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1974 Nathan Parks, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Chico, California
  • 1974 Jamal Mayers, Canadian NHL hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975 Corey Dillon, American football running back (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer, born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1976 Yanda Nossiter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer, born in Momchilgrad, Bulgaria
  • 1977 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • 1978 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer (Trinidad and Tobago national football team), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1980 James Killian, American football player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • 1980 Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer, born in Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana
  • 1982 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1982 Macay McBride, American baseball player, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1983 Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (British Open 2015 runner-up), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • 1983 Brian Vickers, American race car driver, born in Thomasville, North Carolina

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1985 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool, England

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  • 1986 John Ruddy, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 1987 Charlie White, American ice dancer (Oympic gold & silver 2014, silver 2010), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1987 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer, born in Likasi, Zaire (now Congo)