On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 17

  • 1879 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (Negro leagues), 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)
  • 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)
  • 1934 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player who won the 1st women's Grand Slam in 1953, 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 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

Person of interestPhil Jackson

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

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 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
  • 1958 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1960 John Franco, 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
  • 1964 Karen Straker, horse show jumper
  • 1966 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 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 (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • 1970 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ashley Ambrose, NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Mark Brunell, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 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)

  • 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 auto racer (7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion), 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

Person of interestPatrick Mahomes

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

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes