Birthdays in Sport on September 17

  • 1879 Rube Foster, American Baseball HOF manager and executive (Negro National League pennant 1920–22, 26; Chicago American Giants), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1930)
  • 1882 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), born in Cochecton, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1894 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), born in Sydney NSW (d. 1973)
  • 1897 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), born in White County, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Hughie Critz, American MLB baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1927 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)

Stirling Moss

1929 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England (d. 2020)

  • 1932 Tom Young, American basketball coach (American Uni, Rutgers Uni, Catholic Uni, Old Dominion Uni), born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)

Maureen Connolly

1934 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)

  • 1937 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1938 Francisco Aritmendi, Spanish athlete (International Cross Country Championships 1964), born in Cogolludo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Nils Arne Eggen, Norwegian soccer defender (29 caps; Rosenborg, Vålerengen FC) and manager (Norway; Rosenborg), born in Orkdal, Norway (d. 2022)
  • 1941 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Des Lynam, British TV and radio sportscaster, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1942 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968), born in Gig Harbor, Washington

Phil Jackson

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

  • 1946 Billy Bonds MBE, English soccer defender (Charlton, West Ham United 663 games) and manager (WHU, Millwall), born in London, England
  • 1955 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1958 Daniel Nunez, Cuban weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1960 John Franco, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • 1963 Warren Gatland, New Zealand rugby player and coach (Wales, British and Irish Lions), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1964 Karen Straker, British horse show jumper, born in County Durham
  • 1964 Mosese Taga, Fijian rugby union front rower (48 Tests; Suva RFU, Nabua RUFC), born in Nailaga, Fiji (d. 2022)
  • 1966 Fred Childress, American CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1968 Valeri Zelepukin, Russian NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Soviet Union
  • 1969 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • 1969 Rob Zamuner, Canadian NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada 1998), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1970 Mark Brunell, American NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars) and coach, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 David Hynes, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973 David Reid, American light middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer (AEK Athens), born in Giessen, West Germany
  • 1974 Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Rasheed Wallace, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004; NBA All-Star 2000, 01, 06, 08; Portland Trailblazers, Detroit Pistons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Jimmie Johnson, American auto racer (7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1976 Jonathan Nichols, American dance skater (with partner Tami Tyler), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1977 Becky Turner, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1977 Simone Perrotta, Italian football player (Roma), born in Ashton-under-Lyne, England
  • 1977 Tony Goskowicz, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Wauwautosa, Wisconsin
  • 1978 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • 1979 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • 1980 Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • 1980 Danny Haren, American baseball player, born in Monterey Park, California
  • 1981 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • 1981 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • 1981 Francis Manioru, Solomon Island 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 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player (13 ATP Tour titles), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
  • 1986 Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
  • 1986 Landry Mulemo, Belgian footballer
  • 1987 Paul Huntington, English footballer, born in Carlisle, England

Patrick Mahomes

1995 Patrick Mahomes, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2020; KC Chiefs), born in Tyler, Texas