On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 31

  • 1872 James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), born in Glenbane, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1910)
  • 1883 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1915)
  • 1887 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • 1887 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30) (d. 1930)
  • 1895 C. K. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (7 Tests for India in 30's), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40) (d. 1954)
  • 1920 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Fritz Walter, German footballer (1. FC Kaiserslautern) and captain of West Germany, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Phil Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachine, Canada

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1933 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

  • 1941 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1941 Derek Bell, British racing driver, born in Pinner, Middlesex, England
  • 1942 Dave McNally, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969-70, 72; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), born in Billings, Montana (d. 2002)

  • 1946 Ramnath Parkar, Indian cricket batsman (Indian in 2 Tests v England 1972-73), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1999)
  • 1947 Frank Shorter, American marathoner (Olympic gold/silver-72, 76), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1951 Nick Saban, American football coach (National NCAA C'ships 2003, 09, 11-12, 15, 17; LSU, Alabama, Miami Dolphins), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1953 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1958 Russ Cochran, American golfer (Senior Open C'ship 2011), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1958 Jeannie Longo, French cyclist (59-time French champion and 13-time world champion), born in Annecy, France
  • 1959 Ann Henricksson, American tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1960 Janice Harrer, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1989, Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1961 Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic gold 1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1961 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne Australia
  • 1961 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Fred McGriff, American baseball infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963 Dunga [Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri], Brazilian footballer, born in Ijuí, Brazil
  • 1964 Marco van Basten, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1965 Blue Edwards, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Ruud Hesp, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1966 Brian Keyser, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1968 Antonio Davis, American NBA forward-center (Indiana Pacers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Eddie Taubensee, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Beeville, Texas

  • 1969 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Henry John Mills, American NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969 Lee Woodall, American NFL linebacker (SF 49ers), born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Steve Trachsel, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1970 Nicholas "Nicky" Wu, Taiwanese singer, actor and martial arts expert (Xiao Hu Dui/Little Tiger Team), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1971 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1971 Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1972 Jamie Asher, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972 Matt Dawson MBE, English rugby union halfback (77 caps England, 7 British & Irish Lions; Northampton, London Wasps) and broadcaster ( A Question of Sport, BBC), born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1973 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1973 Ross Verba, American NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1973 Grigorios Georgatos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1973 David Dellucci, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jeff Gooch, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Serge Heuveling, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • 1974 Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer, born in Mile End, London
  • 1975 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • 1975 Jagan Hames, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • 1975 Fabio Celestini, Swiss footballer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1976 Guti [José María Gutiérrez Hernández], Spanish footballer, born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
  • 1977 Sylviane Félix, French athlete, born in Créteil, France
  • 1978 Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
  • 1978 Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player, born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands
  • 1979 Simão Sabrosa, Portuguese footballer, born in Vila Real, Portugal
  • 1979 Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1982 Tomáš Plekanec, Czech ice hockey player, born in Cladno, Czech Republic
  • 1986 Chris Alajajian, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1988 Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver, born in Aigle, Switzerland
  • 1997 Marcus Rashford, English footballer (Manchester United) and advocate for school lunches, born in Wythenshawe, England