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, American 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)
  • 1932 Ted Nash, American rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1960), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1943 Dušan Ivković, Serbian basketball point guard (Radnički Belgrade) and coach (Yugoslavia 1987-95; Serbia 2008-13; FIBA HOF), born in Belgrade. Serbia (d. 2021)
  • 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

Denis Potvin

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

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

Mike Gartner

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

  • 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 hurdler, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • 1961 Joel Otto, American NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Olympics 1998), born in Elk River, Minnesota
  • 1964 Greg Montgomery, American NFL punter (Baltimore Ravens), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Jackie Pereira, Australian field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1964 May Allison, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Greg Gohr, American pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Johann Olav Koss, Norwegian speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994), born in Drammen, Norway
  • 1969 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer, born in Frankfurt, West Germany
  • 1970 Chris Thorpe, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1970 Dan Ratushny, Canadian NHL player (Florida Panthers) and coach, born in Nepean, Ontario
  • 1970 Edwin van der Sar, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax)
  • 1970 Marquez Pope, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1970 Phillip Cocu, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, PSV), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • 1971 Greg Blewett, Australian cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • 1971 Matthew Hayden, Australian cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
  • 1973 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973 Robert Pirès, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Reims, France
  • 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 and commentator (Captain of England), born in Eccles, England
  • 1978 Travis Henry, American football player, born in Frostproof, Florida
  • 1978 Kelly Smith, English football player (Arsenal Ladies), born in Watford, England
  • 1980 B.J. Sams, American NFL player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980 Miguel Cotto, Puerto Rican boxer (1st Puerto Rican first four-weight world champion), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1981 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1983 Maurice Clarett, American football player and public speaker, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1983 Dana Eveland, American MLB player, born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1983 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish-British racing driver, born in Bristol, England
  • 1984 Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2006 Carolina Hurricanes; World C'ship gold 2007; Winter Olympic gold 2010), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1985 Vijender Singh, Indian boxer, born in Kaluwas, Bhiwani, India
  • 1987 Andy Dalton, American NFL player (Chicago Bears), born in Katy, Texas
  • 1989 Primož Roglič, Slovenian road cyclist (winner Vuelta a España), born in Trbovlje, Yugoslavia
  • 1992 Evan Fournier, French NBA player (New York Knicks), born in Saint-Maurice, France
  • 1998 Lance Stoll, Canadian-Belgian F1 racing driver, born in Montreal, Quebec