Birthdays in Sport on October 25

  • 1889 'Smoky' Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher/outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1897 (Edmond) "Doc" Souchon, American jazz guitarist, music journal writer and editor, and New Orleans jazz historical preservationist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1968)

Denny Shute

1904 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1974)

Primo Carnera

1906 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), born in Sequals, Italy (d. 1967)

  • 1912 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Bobby Brown, American baseball third baseman (NY Yankees; World Series 1947, 49–51) and executive (president American League 1984-94), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1925 Yakov Rylsky, USSR sabre team (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Aleksandrovka, Verkhubinsky District, Kazakhstan (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Franklin "Bud" Held, American field athlete (2 x WR javelin; first to throw 800-gram javelin over 80m), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Headley Keith, South African cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 21.19; Natal), born in Dundee, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1929 LaDell Andersen, American college basketball coach (Utah State, BYU), born in Malad City, Idaho (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • 1931 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Lambeg, Ireland
  • 1933 Bobby Collins Jr., American college football coach (head coach University of Southern Mississippi; Southern Methodist University), born in Laurel, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Ron Archer, Australian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, 1 x 100, 48 wickets; Queensland CA), born in Highgate Hill, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Roy Swetman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper late 50's), born in Westminster, London
  • 1934 Joe Mercer, English thoroughbred race horse jockey (British flat racing Champion Jockey 1979), born in Bradford, England (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Alan Smith, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire
  • 1938 Robert Webster, American diver (Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1939 Zelmo Beaty, American Basketball HOF center (2 × NBA All-Star; 3 × ABA All-Star; St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars, LA Lakers), born in Hillister, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Bobby Knight, American college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • 1941 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, born in Tottenham, North London (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Berkrerk Chartvanchai, Thai boxer (WBA flyweight title 1970), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2022)
  • 1948 Dan Gable, American 68kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 1948 Dan Issel, American NBA coach and player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets), born in Batavia, Illinois

Dave Cowens

1948 Dave Cowens, American NBA forward, 1970-80, 1982-83, Rookie of the Year, 8X All-Star (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), and coach, 1978-79, 1996-2001 (Boston, Charlotte Hornets), born in Newport, Kentucky

  • 1949 Réjean Houle, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec
  • 1950 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end, 1973-82 (Oakland Raiders and 3 other teams), and actor (Caveman; The Goonies), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1952 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2004)
  • 1953 Mark McNulty, Irish-Zimbabwean golfer (The Tradition 2007; 16 European Tour titles), born in Bindura, Zimbabwe
  • 1953 Muffin Spencer-Devlin, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Piqua, Ohio

Mike Eruzione

1954 Mike Eruzione, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts

  • 1955 Danny Darwin, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1955 Tim Rosaforte, American golf writer (Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest) and broadcaster (USA Network, Golf Channel), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1958 Dipak Patel, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (37 Tests, 5 x 50s, 75 wickets; 75 ODIs; Worcestershire CCC, Auckland CA), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1958 Kornelia Ender, East German swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-1972, 76), born in Plauen, East Germany
  • 1960 Kelli McMullen-Temple, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1964 Johan de Kock, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Sliedrecht, Netherlands
  • 1964 Pat Swilling, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1965 Steve Decker, American baseball catcher (SF Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • 1965 Warren Ayres, Australian cricketer (Victorian right-handed batsman since 1987-88), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1966 Wendel Clark, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL Draft #1 pick Toronto Maple Leafs 1985), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Anthony Johnson, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 Kelly Chase, Canadian NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan
  • 1968 Corey Miller, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina
  • 1969 Eric Guliford, American NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1969 Josef Beranek, Czech NHL center (Vancouver Canucks, Olympic Gold 1998), born in Litvinov
  • 1969 Larry Thomas, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Oleg Salenko, Russian-Ukrainian footballer, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1970 J.A. Adande, American sports columnist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Kelvin Ingram, American NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1970 Peter Aerts, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1971 Geoffrey Prommayon, Thai-American soccer player (PSV), born in Udon Thani, Thailand
  • 1971 Laura Chapot, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1971 Pedro Martínez, Dominican Baseball HOF pitcher (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 2004; Cy Young Award 1997, 99, 2000; Triple Crown 1999; Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox), born in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 Simon Charlton, English footballer (Southampton), born in Huddersfield, England
  • 1972 Leland Taylor, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1973 Steve White, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1974 Chris Murray, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Port Hardy, British Columbia
  • 1974 Frank Middleton, American NFL football player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1974 Lee Byung-Kyu, South Korean baseball player, born in Gimje, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
  • 1975 Ryan Clement, American football quarterback, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1976 Steve Jones, Northern Irish footballer, born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1977 Birgit Prinz, German footballer (three-time FIFA World Player of the Year), born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
  • 1978 Riley Mants, 200m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1978 Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer (Sunderland), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1979 Rob Hulse, English footballer (Sheffield United), born in Crewe, England
  • 1979 Tony Torcato, American baseball player, born in Woodland, California
  • 1980 Ilana Goldfogel, American pairs skater (with partner Erik Schulz), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1981 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer (Manchester City), born in Greenwich, England
  • 1987 Darron Gibson, Irish football player (Manchester United), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1987 Fabian Hambüchen, German gymnast (Olympic gold 2016, silver 2012, bronze 2008), born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • 1990 Mirim Lee, South Korean golfer (ANA Inspiration 2020), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1993 Xander Schauffele, American golfer (British Open 2018, US Masters 2019 runner-up), born in San Diego, California