🏆🏀Alexander "Alex" English -- is 64 in the year 2018 and 65 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1954
Hall of Famer, NBA Forward
Misc: scored 2000 points in 8 straight seasons; played 1,193 games; 8x NBA All-Star (1982-1989); 3x All-NBA Second Team (1982-1983, 1986); J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1988); NBA Scoring Champion (1983); Nuggets #2 retired, University of South Carolina #22 retired
Sports Teams: South Carolina College (1972-1976), Milwaukee Bucks (1976-1978), Indiana Pacers (1978-1980), Denver Nuggets (1980-1990), Dallas Mavericks (1990-1991), Basket Napoli (Italy 1991-1992)
🏆🏈Jim Otto -- is 80 in the year 2018 and 81 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1938
Hall of Famer, NFL Center
Misc: 9x AFL All-Star, 3x Pro Bowl, 10x All-AFL, 3x All-Pro
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders (1960-1974)
🏆🥊Dwight Muhammad Qawi -- is 65 in the year 2018 and 66 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1953
Hall of Famer, Boxer
🎵🎸Chris Stein -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1950
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, New Wave Guitarist
Group Names: Blondie
🎵Grady Thomas -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1941
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Parliament, Funkadelic
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🏆🎳Jim Godman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1946 d.5/3/2001 (55)
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: one of the most prolific bowlers during the 1970s.
💰🏆⚾Bancroft "Ban" Johnson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1864 d.3/28/1931 (67)
Hall of Famer, Executive, MLB Player
Names/Places: b. in Norwalk, CT
Misc: the American League of professional baseball owes its existence and its equal footing with the National League to Ban Johnson; Johnson encouraged a fierce competition with the N.L. that ended with a merger in 1903
🏆🎾Chuck McKinley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1941 d.8/10/1986 (45)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
🏆🏈Chuck Noll -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1932 d.6/13/2014 (82)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Player
Names/Places: b. in Cleveland
Misc: coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to 4 Super Bowl titles (1975-76,79-80); retired after 1991 season ranked 5th on all-time list with 209 wins (including playoffs) in 23 years; record 209-156-1 (.572)
Sports Teams: University of Dayton, Cleveland Browns (player 1953-1959), Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (coach 1960-1965), Baltimore Colts (coach 1966-1968), Pittsburgh Steelers (coach 1969-1991)
⚛💰🎵Sam Phillips -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1923 d.7/30/2003 (80)
Hall of Famer, Engineer, Businessperson, Music Producer, Radio Disc Jock
Misc: Founder of Sun Records, discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, and Roy Orbison
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🏆🎳Don Carter -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/29/1926 d.1/5/2012 (85)
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: 6-time Bowler of Year (1953-54,57-58,60-61); voted Greatest of All-Time in 1970.
⚛George Washington Carver -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/12/1861 d.1/5/1943 (81)
Hall of Famer, Scientist, Botanist, Chemist, Inventor, Educator
Misc: studied the peanut; d. in Tuskegee, Alabama
🏆⚾Jerry Coleman -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/14/1924 d.1/5/2014 (89)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Announcer, MLB Second Baseman
Misc: Ford C. Frick Award winner in 2005; CBS Radio broadcaster: Favorite blooper: "There's a long drive. The outfielder is back at the warning track and hits his head on the wall! It rolls back toward second base! This could be a triple!"
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (1949-1957, broadcaster 1963-1969), San Diego Padres (manager 1980, broadcaster 1974-1979, 1981-2013)
🏆⚾Rogers Hornsby -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/27/1896 d.1/5/1963 (66)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Second Baseman
Names/Places: NNLThe Rajah
Misc: NL League Award Winner 1925, 1929; 2,930 hits, 2X triple crown winner; batting leader 1920-25; the best right-handed batter in major league history, whose lifetime average was .358, second only to Ty Cobb's .367, and in 1924 he bettered Cobb's single season record of .420 with an incredible .424. Hornsby played 23 seasons.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (player 1915-1926), New York Giants (player 1927), Boston Braves (player 1928), Chicago Cubs (player 1929-1932), St. Louis Cardinals (player 1933), St. Louis Browns (player 1933-1937), St. Louis Cardinals (manager 1925-1926), New York Giants (manager 1927), Boston Braves (manager 1928), Chicago Cubs (manager 1930-1932), St. Louis Browns (manager 1933-1937, 1952), Cincinnati Reds (manager 1952-1953)
🏆🏀"Pistol Pete" Maravich -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/22/1947 d.1/5/1988 (40)
Hall of Famer, NBA Guard, College Basketball Player
Names/Places: RN:Peter Press Maravich
Misc: scored NCAA record 44.2 ppg & 3,667 points during collegiate career; led NBA in scoring '77; most free throws in a college game (30); Legendary scoring guard raised for early age to star in basketball. Scored 40 points per game at LSU as collegian, then starred for the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Jazz; career 15,948 points, 2,747 rebounds, 3,563 assists; LSU #23 retired, Jazz #7 retired, New Orleans Pelicans #7 retired
Sports Teams: LSU (1967-1970), Atlanta Hawks (1970-1974), New Orleans/Utah Jazz (1974-1980), Boston Celtics (1980)
🏆🏀Jack "Jumpin' Jack" McCracken -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/15/1912 d.1/5/1958 (45)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player
Misc: Second place in National High School Tournament in Chicago (Classen High School, 1929); 8-time AAU All-America (1932, 1935, 1937-39, 1940, 1942, 1945); 3 AAU national titles (1937, 1939, 1942)
🏆🏀Ralph Morgan -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/9/1884 N.S. d.1/5/1965 N.S. (80)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Administrator
Misc: was instrumental in early 20th century development of basketball rules; founded the College Basketball Rules Committee in 1905, and founded the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League which later became the Ivy League
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