On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 29

  • 1859 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Frank Wykoff, athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), born in Falköping, Västra Götalands län, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Frank Sedgman, Australian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles, doubles Grand Slam 1951), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1932 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1935 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Brian Yuile, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1943 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), born in Gateshead, England (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Claude Brochu, Canadian Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1946 Anura Tennekoon, Sri Lankan cricketer (World Cup captain 1975-79), born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

  • 1954 Herman Ronald Frazier, 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1959 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

1959 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1960 Michael Carter, American NFL nose tackle (Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89; Pro Bowl 1985, 87, 88; First-team All-Pro 1986, 87, 88; SF 49ers) and athlete (Olympic silver shot put 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • 1961 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Greg Montgomery, punter (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1964 Jackie Pereira, field hockey center/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1964 May Allison, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Greg Gohr, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994)
  • 1969 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Chris Thorpe, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1970 Dan Ratushny, Nepean, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1970 Edwin van der Sar, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax)
  • 1970 Marquez Pope, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Phillip Cocu, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, PSV)
  • 1971 Greg Blewett, cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)

  • 1971 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
  • 1972 Rhonda Blades, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1973 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973 Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • 1974 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 R A Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • 1978 Travis Henry, American football player
  • 1980 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • 1981 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1983 Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • 1983 Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish racing driver
  • 1984 Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player