Birthdays in Sport on October 9

  • 1864 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), born in London, England (d. 1946)

Rube MarquardRube Marquard (1886-1980)

American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1898 Joe Sewell, American Baseball HOF infielder (World Series 1920, 32; Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees; MLB record 167.7 at-bats per strikeout 1932), born in Titus, Alabama (d. 1990)
  • 1900 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), born in Cavaellon, Haiti (d. 1952)
  • 1903 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Klaes Karppinen, Finnish athlete, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic gold 1936), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1952-55; NBA C'ship 1951, 57; Rochester Royals, Boston Celtics), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Paul Barton, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 1 x 100; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1938 Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968, 72), born in Cluj, Romania (d. 2022)

Joe PepitoneJoe Pepitone (82 years old)

1940 American baseball 1st baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1945 Naftali Bon, Kenyan 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Kapsabet, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
  • 1949 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1950 Brian Downing, American baseball player (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Mick Malone, Australian cricketer (WA seamer, Test 1977, made 46 took 5-63, 1-14), born in Scarborough, Australia
  • 1951 Greg Robinson, American football coach (Syracuse University 2005-08; Super Bowl 1997, 98 DC Denver Broncos), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)
  • 1953 Hank Pfister, American tennis star, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1955 Steve Ovett, British athlete (Olympics gold 800m, bronze 1500m 1980), born in Brighton, England
  • 1957 Don Garber, American sports executive (Commissioner USMLS 1999- ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961 Arlene Boxall, Zimbabwean field hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1961 Trevor Matich, American NFL center, 1985-96 (New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and 3 other teams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Jorge Burruchaga, Argentine soccer attacking midfielder and manager (57 caps; Independiente, Nantes), born in Gualeguay, Argentina
  • 1964 Martín Jaite, Argentine tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1967 Carling Bassett-Seguso, Canadian tennis player and actress (Spring Fever, 2 x WTA titles), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Gheorghe Popescu, Romanian soccer player (Barcelona), born in Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
  • 1969 Dwayne Sabb, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Annika SörenstamAnnika Sörenstam (52 years old)

1970 Swedish golfer (10 LPGA major titles; 8-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year), born in Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1970 Kenny Anderson, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1971 Pete Mitchell, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1972 Maurice Kelly, American CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1972 Roman Oben, American football tackle (NY Giants), born in Cameroon
  • 1973 A. J. Ofodile, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Brandon Pollard, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Carlos Pavón, Honduran footballer (Real España), born in El Progreso, Honduras
  • 1973 Dexter McCleon, American football cornerback (St Louis Rams), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1974 Kavika Pittman, American defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1974 Keith Booth, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1975 Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indian cricketer (Guyanese leg-spinner), born in Whim, Berbice, Guyana
  • 1975 Mark Viduka, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977 Brian Roberts, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1978 Juan Dixon, American basketball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1979 Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer (Defensor), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1980 Henrik Zetterberg, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Njurunda, Sweden
  • 1980 Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian footballer (Victory Sports Club), born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1981 Darius Miles, American basketball player, born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1982 António Mendonça, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1982 Shi Jun, Chinese footballer, born in Dalian, China
  • 1983 Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver, born in Judenburg, Austria
  • 1983 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter (Olympic gold 2008), born in Gangwon, South Korea
  • 1983 Stephen Gionta, American NHL ice hockey player, 2010-19 (New Jersey Devils;, New York Islanders), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1986 Laure Manaudou, French swimmer, born in Villeurbanne, France