Birthdays in Sport on October 5

  • 1804 Nicholas Wanostrocht [Felix], English amateur cricket batsman (Kent CCC, Surry CCC) and author (Felix on the Bat), born in London, England (d. 1876)
  • 1894 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1920), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1948)
  • 1898 Linus McAtee, American Hall of Fame jockey (Preakness Stakes 1916; Kentucky Derby 1927, 29; US Champion Jockey by earnings 1928), born in Frenchtown, New Jersey (d. 1963)

Ray 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)

  • 1917 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1921 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Jock Stein, Scottish soccer manager (Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Scotland [1965, 78-85], Celtic, Leeds United), born in Burnbank, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1922 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 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 cricket fast bowler (5 Tests), born in Fishponds, Bristol (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Jimmy Binks, English cricket wicket-keeper (England twice v India 1964), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1937 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1937 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Bob Cowper, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 307 v England 1966; Victoria CA, WA CA), born in Melbourne Australia
  • 1941 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1942 Bengt Madsen, Swedish soccer administrator (chairman Malmö FF 1999-2009), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Bonnie Bryant, American golfer (only left-hander to win an LPGA Tour event, Bill Branch Classic 1974), born in Tulare, California
  • 1946 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada

Bill James

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

  • 1951 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois

Imran Khan

1952 Imran Khan, 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan (2018-2022) and cricket all-rounder (88 Tests, 3,807 runs, 362 wickets), born in Lahore, Pakistan

  • 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 Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • 1962 Mike Conley Sr., American athlete (Olympic gold triple jump 1992; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Laura Davies

1963 Laura Davies, British golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1987), born in Coventry, England

  • 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

Mario Lemieux

1965 Mario Lemieux, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, team owner (3-time NHL MVP, Pittsburgh Penguins owner), born in Montreal, Quebec

Patrick Roy

1965 Patrick Roy, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (4-time Stanley Cup, 3-time Vezina Trophy winner), born in Québec City, Québec

  • 1965 Richey Reneberg, American tennis player (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Theo Bos, Dutch soccer player: Vitesse
  • 1965 Trace Armstrong, American football defensive end (Pro Bowl 2000 Miami Dolphins), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1966 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1966 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1966 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1966 Peter Fonseca, Canadian politician and marathon runner (Toronto, Houston Marathon 1995), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1966 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1967 Rex Chapman, NBA guard (Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1968 Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)
  • 1970 Mark Luijpers, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Cadier en Keer, Netherlands
  • 1970 Thomas Randolph, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1970 Tina Poitras, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 1996), born in Thompson, Canada
  • 1971 Chad Lewis, American football tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1971 Chris Whitney, American basketball guard (Wash Wizards), born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Dan Plante, American ice hockey player (NY Islanders), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Mauricio Pellegrino, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1972 Grant Hill, American basketball player (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974 Rich Franklin, American mixed martial artist (UFC Middleweight title 2005-06), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1975 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer, born in Marseille, France
  • 1976 J. J. Yeley, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1977 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1978 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1978 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1979 Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Canada
  • 1979 Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player, born in Dandenong, Australia
  • 1982 Natalie Vlandis, American pairs skater (with partner Jered Guzman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Narail District, Bangladesh
  • 1984 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer, born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1987 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver, born in Colunga, Spain
  • 1987 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium