On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 28

  • 1877 Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Cowden, Illinois (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1969)
  • 1881 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Harold Shepherdson, British soccer trainer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1955)
  • 1921 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball player and coach, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports impresario (F1), born in St Peter, South Elmham
  • 1933 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, born in Pau Grande, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • 1934 Jim Beatty, American track runner (1st sub 4 minute indoor mile), born in NYC, New York

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1937 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1938 Peter Carlstein, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64), born in Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • 1939 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast (Olypmics gold 1964, 68), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia

  • 1942 Kees Verkerk, Dutch skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympic gold 1968), born in Maasdam, Netherlands
  • 1945 Dennis Lillie [sic], cricketer (Queensland leg-spinner 1965-66/80-82)
  • 1946 Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1949 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathalete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality, and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1950 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1953 Mark James, British golfer (Senior Players Championship 2004), born in Manchester, England
  • 1954 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1962 Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman, Neth WC 1996)
  • 1962 Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • 1963 Kevin Dineen, Canadian NHL right wing, coach (Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1963 Lisa Bettio, WPVA volleyballer (Ft Myers Beach-17th-1992), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Robert Bailey, cricketer (England batsman in four Tests 1988-90)
  • 1964 Lenny Harris, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1964 Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)
  • 1965 Eric Floyd, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1965 Mark Carrier, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966 Benoit Hogue, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Repentigny, Quebec
  • 1966 Juan Guzman, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Kaylynn Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)

  • 1966 Tim Bogar, infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 James Joseph, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)
  • 1968 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Glenn Clear, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1968 Rodney Thomas, NFL running back (Houston Oilers), born in Trinity, TX, (d. 2014)
  • 1968 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Stan Thomas, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 1968 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1969 Denny Fercho, Ventura California, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Bracey Walker, NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Rob Hitchcock, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 John Coker, NBA center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1971 Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1972 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Chad Folk, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1972 Terrell Davis, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Frank Juric, Australian soccer goalie (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Braden Looper, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 1974 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • 1974 Vicente Moreno, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1980 Alan Smith, English footballer
  • 1981 Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • 1981 Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1982 Jeremy Bonderman, American baseball player
  • 1982 Anthony Lerew, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jarrett Jack, American basketball player
  • 1984 Obafemi Martins, Nigerian footballer
  • 1987 Choi Na-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012), born in Seoul, South Korea