On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 4

  • 1804 Nicholas "Felix" Wanostrocht, English amateur cricket batsman (Kent, Surry), born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1876)
  • 1872 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1955)
  • 1877 Razor Smith, English cricket spin bowler (245 first class matches, Surry), born in Oxford, England (d. 1946)
  • 1880 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1927)
  • 1888 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1954)
  • 1889 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD), born in Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1910 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball shortstop and 3rd base coach (record 17 World Series titles as player & coach; NY Yankees), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • 1918 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1920 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), born in Yarraville, Victoria (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1928 Rip Repulski, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1959), born in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Basil D'Oliveira, English cricket all-rounder (44 Tests, 2,484 @ 40.06, 47 wickets), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Sam Huff, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5-time Pro Bowl; NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Edna, West Virginia

  • 1935 Jimmy Orr, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1959, 65; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • 1936 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1940 Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,004 NHL games; NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1941 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1943 Owen Davidson, Australian tennis player (mixed doubles Grand Slam 1967; Lesley Turner Bowrey, Billie Jean King), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1943 Jimy Williams, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros), born in Santa Maria, California

Person of interestTony La Russa

1944 Tony La Russa, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder and manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 1946 André Bolhuis, Dutch field hockey player, coach and administrator (World Cup gold 1973; president Dutch Field Hockey Federation; chairman Dutch Olympic Committee), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1948 Tom Webster, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (NY Rangers, LA Kings), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1949 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1951 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952 Anita Luceete Defrantz, American rower (Olympic bronze 1976; first female vice-president IOC executive committee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Jorge Valdano, Argentine soccer forward and manager (23 caps; Real Madrid), born in Las Parejas, Argentina
  • 1955 John Rutherford, Scottish rugby union fly-half (42 caps; British & Irish Lions 1983), born in Selkirk, Scotland
  • 1956 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (73 caps; PSV Eindhoven; technical director KNVB), born in Utrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestSherri Turner

1956 Sherri Turner, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1988), born in Greenville, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • 1959 Tony Meo, English snooker player (British Open 1989; English Pro C’ship 1986-87), born in London, England
  • 1961 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1963 A. C. Green, American basketball power forward (most consecutive games [1,192] in NBA and ABA history; LA Lakers), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1964 David Brain, Zimbabwean cricket fast mediam bowler (9 Tests; 23 ODIs), born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe
  • 1964 Mark McLemore, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Matthew Cetlinski, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x200m freestyle relay 1988), born in Fort Worth, Florida
  • 1965 Orlin Norrris, American boxer (WBA cruiserweight champion 1993-95), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1965 Micky Ward, American boxer (WBU light welterweight champion 2000; famous Arturo Gatti fight trilogy), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1966 John van den Brom, Dutch soccer midfielder and manager (2 caps; SBV Vitesse, Anderlecht), Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1967 Nick Green, Australian rower and administrator (Olympic gold 1992, 96; CEO Cycling Australia), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967 Roger Pavlik, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1996; Texas Rangers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Vicky Bullett, American basketball forward and coach (Olympic gold 1988; World C’ship gold 1990), born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • 1970 Ryan McNeil, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 2001; San Diego Chargers), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1975 Cristiano Lucarelli, Italian soccer striker and manager (6 caps; AS Liverno), born in Livorno, Italy
  • 1976 Mauro Camoranesi, Italian soccer winger and manager (55 caps; Juventus), born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1978 Kyle Lohse, American baseball pitcher (14th pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams; Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Chico, California
  • 1979 Adam Voges, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; oldest [35] to score a century on Test debut 2015), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1980 Sarah Fisher, American auto racer and team owner (first woman to claim a pole position in a major American open-wheel race, IRL 2002), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1980 Tomáš Rosický, Czech soccer midfielder (105 caps; Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1981 Justin Williams, Canadian NHL right wing (World C’ship gold 2004, 07; Stanley Cup 2006, 12, 14; Carolina Hurricanes, LA Kings), born in Cobourg, Ontario
  • 1982 Jered Weaver, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010-12; LA Angels), born in Northridge, California
  • 1983 Kurt Suzuki, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2014; Washington Nationals), born in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • 1984 Álvaro Parente, Portuguese auto racer (British F3 C’ship 2005; Formula Renault 3.5 Series 2007), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1988 Derrick Rose, American basketball point guard (NBA Draft 2008 #1 overall pick Chicago Bulls; NBA MVP 2011; NBA All-Star 2010–12), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater (World C’ship gold singles 2006), born in Bel Air, Maryland