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, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • 1896 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)
  • 1901 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)

Person of interestChuck Klein

1904 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown, 1933; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)

Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • 1913 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (son of Mr & Mrs Trumper NSW 1940-41), born in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1981)
  • 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 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)
  • 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 player, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1952 Graham Yallop, Australian cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6), born in Balwyn, Australia

  • 1952 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia

Person of interestJayne Torvill

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

Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
  • 1961 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), 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