Birthdays in Sport on September 17

  • 1879 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (d. 1930)
  • 1900 Hughie Critz, baseball player (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (d. 1984)
  • 1927 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)
  • 1929 Stirling Moss, race car driver, born in London, England
  • 1934 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st woman Grand Slam 1953), born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)
  • 1937 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1941 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Desmond Lynam, British sportscaster
  • 1942 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Mary Lou Crocker, LPGA golfer

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1945 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

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  • 1946 Billy Bonds, English soccer defender and manager (Charlton, West Ham United), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • 1955 Scott William Simpson, PGA golfer (1987 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • 1958 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Hank Ilesic, Edmonton, CFL punter, place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto)
  • 1960 Hank Baran, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Won Mexican), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Wayne Riley, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1964 Karen Straker, horse show jumper
  • 1966 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1967 Dan Dupuis, Ashcroft BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Canadian Golf)
  • 1967 Derek Ware, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1967 Maurice Hurst, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1968 Stacey Dillard, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1968 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969 Rob Zamuner, NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada 1998)
  • 1969 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player
  • 1970 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ashley Ambrose, NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Mark Brunell, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Wolfgang Kromp, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1971 David Hynes, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Paul Janssen, soccer player (Fortuna S, NAC)
  • 1972 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Darrius Johnson, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 David Reid, light middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer
  • 1974 Bas Leferink, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1974 Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Rasheed Wallace, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1975 Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver (83 race wins), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1976 Jonathan Nichols, dance skater (& Tami Tyler), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1977 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Tony Goskowicz, Wauwautosa Wis, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977 Simone Perrotta, Italian football player
  • 1978 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • 1979 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • 1980 Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • 1980 Danny Haren, American baseball player
  • 1981 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • 1981 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • 1981 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • 1982 Garth Murray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Alexander Ovechkin, Russian hockey player
  • 1985 Brendan Clarke, Irish Soccer Player with St. Patrick's Athletic
  • 1985 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player (13 ATP Tour titles), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
  • 1985 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Landry Mulemo, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
  • 1987 Paul Huntington, English footballer