On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 7

  • 1857 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1868 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • 1887 A.C. "Jack" Russell, English cricket batsman (10 Tests, 5 x 100s; Essex CCC), born in Leyton, England (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Cyril Allcott, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 113 runs @ 22.6, 6 wickets; Auckland), born in Lower Moutere, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Frank Boucher, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Ottawa Sens, Vancouver Maroons, NY Rangers), coach (Stanley Cup 1939–40 NY Rangers) and executive (GM NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)

Chuck Klein

1904 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933; MLB All-Star 1933, 34; NL MVP 1932; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)

  • 1914 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Grady Hatton, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American Basketball HOF coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67, Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Dick Szymanski, American football center (Pro Bowl 1955, 62, 64; Baltimore Colts) and executive (GM Baltimore Colts 1977-82), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1934 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Ann Haydon-Jones, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1969, French Open 1961, 66), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1938 Carlos Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (30 caps; Universidad de Chile), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), born in Petrich, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1943 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and 7 other teams) and coach (NY Yankees, and 4 other teams), born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1952 Graham Yallop, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, [7 captain], 8 x 100s, 9 x 50, HS 268; Victoria CA), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1952 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1956 Brian Sutter, Canadian NHL left wing, 1976-88 (St. Louis Blues), and coach, 1988-2004 (St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, and 2 other teams), born in Viking, Alberta

Jayne Torvill

1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham, England

  • 1961 Tony Sparano, American football coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11; Oakland Raiders 2014), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1964 Rich Delucia, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Paul Stewart, British footballer (Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool), born in Manchester, England
  • 1965 Juul Ellerman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Twente), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1967 Mariana Perez-Roldan, Argentinan tennis star, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1968 Erick Anderson, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Martin Haywood, Australian cricketer (NSW opening batsman), born in Tamworth, Australia
  • 1970 Daniel Collins, Australian canoeist (World C'ship gold K-2 500m 1997; Olympic silver 2000), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • 1970 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Le'Shai Maston, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Johnnie Morton, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973 Gerald McBurrows, American safety (St Louis Rams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Priest Holmes, American running back (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1973 Dida, Brazilian footballer, born in Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974 Benjamin Oberman, American pairs skater (with partner Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Shannon MacMillan, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Syosset, New York
  • 1976 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1976 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian soccer defender (93 caps; Arsenal, Panathinaikos), born in Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais
  • 1976 Charles Woodson, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Heisman Trophy 1997, U of Michigan; 9 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2010, Green Bay Packers), born in Fremont, Ohio
  • 1976 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Avià, Spain
  • 1977 Clayton Miller, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1978 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer, born in Shrirampur, India
  • 1979 Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast, born in Constanța, Romania
  • 1982 Madjid Bougherra, Algerian footballer, born in Longvic, France
  • 1982 Jermain Defoe, English footballer, born in Beckton, London
  • 1982 Robby Ginepri, American tennis player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1984 Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer, born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1985 Evan Longoria, American baseball player, born in Downey, California
  • 1986 Lee Nguyen, American soccer player, born in Richardson, Texas
  • 1986 Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 1987 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand