Birthdays in Sport on October 5

  • 1894 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), born in Kimberley, Northern Cape (d. 1948)

Person of interestRay Kroc

1902 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1921 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1934 David Smith, English cricketer (England opening bowler v India 1961-62), born in Fishponds, Bristol, England (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Jimmy Binks, English cricket wicket-keeper (England twice v India 1964), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1937 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1940 Bob Cowper, Australian cricketer (307 v England at the MCG 1966), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1941 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1946 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada

Person of interestBill James

1949 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

  • 1951 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • 1955 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957 Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris' sister
  • 1957 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1960 Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • 1961 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1962 Johnny Huang, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1962 Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1962 Michael Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • 1962 Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic silver 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Person of interestLaura Davies

1963 Laura Davies, British golfer (4 LPGA Tour major titles), born in Coventry, England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1963 Tony Dodemaide, cricketer (Victorian, Sussex & Australian all-rounder)
  • 1964 Denean Howard, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988), born in Sherman, Texas
  • 1964 Terry Mathews, Alexandria LA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 John Keller Jr, team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Toledo, Ohio

Person of interestMario Lemieux

1965 Mario Lemieux, NHL high scoring center (Pitts Penguin, #66), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Person of interestPatrick Roy

1965 Patrick Roy, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche), born in Quebec City, Québec

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1965 Paul Moloney, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965 Richey Reneberg, tennis star (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Theo Bos, Dutch soccer player: Vitesse
  • 1965 Trace Armstrong, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1966 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1966 Peter Fonseca, Lisbon Portugal, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)

  • 1966 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1967 Ellie Gibson, golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-5th), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1967 Rex Chapman, NBA guard (Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1968 Sally Smith, Orange NSW, golfer (1993 T67 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • 1968 Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)
  • 1969 Martin Driever, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Anthony Phillips, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 Thomas Randolph, NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1970 Tina Poitras, Thompson Manitoba, 10k walker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Chad Lewis, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Chris Whitney, NBA guard (Wash Wizards)
  • 1971 Dan Plante, Hayward, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1971 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine former footballer
  • 1972 Derek Sholdice, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Grant Hill, NBA forward/guard (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer
  • 1976 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver
  • 1977 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1978 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • 1978 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player
  • 1979 Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player
  • 1982 Natalie Vlandis, American pairs skater (& Jered Guzman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1987 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver