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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 1

Last Updated 01-01-2020

🏆🏀Chris Anstey -- is 45 in the year 2020 and 46 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1975
NBA Player

🏆🏈Justin Armour -- is 47 in the year 2020 and 48 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1973
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏌Jerilyn Britz -- is 77 in the year 2020 and 78 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1943
Golfer

🏆🏈Johnie Church -- is 46 in the year 2020 and 47 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1974
NFL Player

🎭🏆Audrey Daston -- is 90 in the year 2020 and 91 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1930 N.S.
Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: March 1959

🏆🏀Glen Davis -- is 34 in the year 2020 and 35 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1986 N.S.
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Big Baby

🏆⛸Meryl Davis -- is 33 in the year 2020 and 34 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1987
Ice Dancer, Olympic Athlete, Skater

🏆🏈Irv Eatman -- is 59 in the year 2020 and 60 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1961
NFL Player, USFL Figure, Football Offensive Tackle
Misc: 3x All-USFL selection

🎵🏆🥊James Ray "Jimmy" Hart -- is 76 in the year 2020 and 77 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1944 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Composer, Musician, Wrestling Manager

🏆🏈Mercury Hayes -- is 47 in the year 2020 and 48 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1973
NFL Wide Receiver, CFL Figure

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🏆🏈Andy Heck -- is 53 in the year 2020 and 54 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1967
NFL Tackle, Football Offensive Lineman
Sports Teams: Seattle Seahawks

🏆🏒Bobby Holík -- is 49 in the year 2020 and 50 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1971
NHL Player, Czech Republican

🏆🏈Pierce Holt -- is 58 in the year 2020 and 59 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1962
Hall of Famer, NFL Defensive End, College Football Player
Misc: 1x Pro Bowl and All-Pro; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Angelo State University, San Francisco 49ers (1988-1992), Atlanta Falcons (1993-1995)

🏆⚾LaMarr Hoyt -- is 65 in the year 2020 and 66 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1955
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: FN:Dewey
Misc: AL Cy Young Award winner in 1983 (White Sox), All Star MVP 1985 (Padres)
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres

🏆🏁Jacques Ickx -- is 75 in the year 2020 and 76 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1945 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer, Belgiumese
Names/Places: RN: Jacqyes Bernard Ickx
Misc: Formula One; Sports car racing; Le Mans auto race (6-time winner).

🏆🏁🏊Lina Kačiušytė -- is 57 in the year 2020 and 58 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1963 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Lithuanian

🏆⚾Dallas Keuchel -- is 32 in the year 2020 and 33 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1988 N.S.
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Kid Keuchey
Misc: 4x Gold Glove, AL Cy Young Award (2015)

🏆🏁🏊Ford Konno -- is 87 in the year 2020 and 88 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1933 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

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🏆🏈Kevin Lee -- is 49 in the year 2020 and 50 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1971
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏈Barron Miles -- is 48 in the year 2020 and 49 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1972
NFL Player, CFL Figure, Football Coach, Canadian

🏆🏈Frank Minnifield -- is 60 in the year 2020 and 61 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1960
NFL Cornerback, USFL Figure
Misc: 4x Pro Bowl; inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Louisville, Chicago Blitz, Arizona Wranglers, Cleveland Browns

🏆Elin Nordegren -- is 40 in the year 2020 and 41 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1980
Model

🏆🏈Jason Pierre-Paul -- is 31 in the year 2020 and 32 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1989 N.S.
NFL Defensive

🏆⚾Roberto Rivera -- is 51 in the year 2020 and 52 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1969
MLB Pitcher, Puerto Rican

🏆⛸Michael Seibert -- is 60 in the year 2020 and 61 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1960
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater, Ice Dancer

🏆🏒Dave Silk -- is 62 in the year 2020 and 63 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1958
NHL Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1980 U.S. Hockey Team

🏆🏈Lance Smith -- is 57 in the year 2020 and 58 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1963
NFL Guard

🏆Joe Tessitore -- is 49 in the year 2020 and 50 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1971 N.S.
Sportscaster
TV Shows: Monday Night Football, Holey Moley

🎭🏆Karen Thompson -- is 78 in the year 2020 and 79 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1942 N.S.
Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: August 1961

🏆🏌Leonard Thompson -- is 73 in the year 2020 and 74 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1947
Golfer

🏆⚽Jack Wilshere -- is 28 in the year 2020 and 29 in the year 2021; b.1/1/1992 N.S.
Soccer Player, English

🏆🥊Newsboy Brown -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1904 d.1/1/1977 (73)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏈Harry Galbreath -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1965 d.7/27/2010 (45)
NFL Player

🏆🏈Harold Gores -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1891 d.6/4/1969 (78)
College Football Coach

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🎭🏆🥊Rocky Graziano -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1919 d.5/22/1990 (71)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Panelist, Boxer
Names/Places: NN:Da Rock; RN:Thomas Rocco Barbella
Misc: World middleweight champ 1940s; some sources give Dec 31, 1921, Jan 1, 1922, and June 7, 1922
TV Shows: Pantotime Quiz (panelist)

⛪🏆⚾"Hammerin'" Hank Greenberg -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1911 d.9/4/1986 (75)
Hall of Famer, Jewish, MLB First Baseman
Names/Places: RFN:Henry Benjamin
Misc: AL MVP 1935, 1940; Tigers #5 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Tigers (1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1946), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947)

🏆🥊Young Griffo -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1871 d.12/10/1927 (56)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Australian
Names/Places: RN:Albert Griffiths

🏆🏁🏃Kinue Hitoma -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1907 d.8/2/1931 (24)
Runner, Olympic Athlete, Japanese
Misc: 800m runner (Oly-silver-1928)

🏆🥊Tom Hyer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1819 d.6/26/1864 (45)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆⚾Tim Keefe -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1857 d.4/23/1933 (76)
Hall of Famer, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Smiling Tim and Sir Timothy
Misc: 2x NL wins leader, 3x NL ERA leader
Sports Teams: Troy Trojans (1880-1882), New York Metropolitans (1883-1884), New York Giants (1885-1889), New York Giants (PL 1890), New York Giants (1891), Philadelphia Phillies (1891-1893)

🏆🏀John Logan -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1921 d.9/16/1977 (56)
NBA Coach, NBA Player

🏆🏈Billy Lothridge -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1942 N.S. d.2/24/1996 (54)
NFL Player, College Football Player

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🏆🏈Kevin Mitchell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1971 d.4/29/2007 (36)
NFL Player

🏆🏒Eddie Olson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1922 N.S. d.2/10/1995 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player
Sports Teams: St. Louis Flyers (1946-1951), Cleveland Barons (1951-1955)

🏆🏒Elwin Romnes -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1907 N.S. d.7/21/1984 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, NHL Player, Hockey Coach
Misc: played 1927-1940
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Americans

🏆🏁Frank Stack -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1906 d.1/5/1987 (81)
Speed Skater, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Misc: Bronze 1932

🏆🏈Derrick Thomas -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1967 d.2/8/2000 (33)
Hall of Famer, NFL Linebacker
Misc: Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, 9x Pro Bowl, 7x First Team All-AFC; Chiefs #58 retired
Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1999)

🏆⚾Earl Torgeson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1924 d.11/8/1990 (66)
MLB Player

🏆🏈Doak Walker -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1927 d.9/27/1998 (71)
Hall of Famer, NFL Halfback, College Football Player
Misc: won Heisman Trophy as SMU junior in 1948; led Detroit to 2 NFL titles (1952-53); All-Pro 5 times in 6 years; Lions #37 retired
Sports Teams: Southern Methodist University, Detroit Lions (1950-1955)

🏆Willye B. White -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1940 d.2/5/2007 (67)
Olympic Athlete
Misc: Long Jumper, (Olympics-silver-1956).

🏆Pierre de Coubertin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1863 d.9/2/1937 (74)
Sports Figure, French
Misc: founder & president of the modern International Olympic Committee 1896-1925

🏆🏁🏊Willy den Ouden -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/1/1918 N.S. d.12/6/1997 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Dutch (Netherlands)

🏆🥊Newsboy Brown -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/1/1904 d.1/1/1977 (73)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🎾Mabel Cahill -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/2/1863 d.1/1/1905 (41)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Irish

🏆⚽Ralph Caraffi -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/19/1901 d.1/1/1978 (76)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Midfielder

🏆🏀Max "Marty" Friedman -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/12/1889 d.1/1/1986 (96)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: player 1910-1927 (played in almost every league in the East)

🏆⚾Danny Frisella -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/4/1946 d.1/1/1977 (30)
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏌Harold Henning -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/3/1934 d.1/1/2004 (69)
Golfer

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🏆⚾William "Wee Willie" Keeler -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/3/1872 d.1/1/1923 (50)
Hall of Famer, MLB Right Fielder
Misc: 2962 hits; scored a record 2,065 hits in his first ten years in the majors; known for his seeing eye singles, coined the phrase "hit 'em where they ain't"
Sports Teams: New York Giants (1892-1893), Brooklyn Grooms (1893), Baltimore Orioles (1894-1898), Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1902), New York Highlanders (1903-1909), New York Giants (1910)

🏆Hannes Kolehmainen -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/9/1889 d.1/1/1966 (76)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field, Finnish

🏆⚾Don Larsen -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/7/1929 N.S. d.1/1/2020 N.S. (90)
MLB Pitcher
Misc: he pitched the first perfect game in World Series history--N.Y. Yankees 2, Brooklyn 0 (October 8, 1956); World Series MVP 1956
Sports Teams: New York Yankees

🏆🏀Ken Loeffler -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/14/1902 d.1/1/1975 (72)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Penn State (player 1920-1924), Geneva College (1928-1934), Yale University (1935-1942), University of Denver (1945-1946), St. Louis Bombers (1946-1948), Providence Steamrollers (1948-1949), La Salle (1949-1955), Texas A&M (1955-1957)

🏆🥊Billy Miske -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/12/1894 d.1/1/1924 (29)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏒Bruce Norris -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/19/1924 d.1/1/1986 (61)
Sports Owner, NHL Executive
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings (owned for 35 years)

🏆🏁Mauri Rose -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/26/1906 d.1/1/1981 (74)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: Indianapolis 500

🎭🏆Catya Sassoon -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/3/1968 d.1/1/2002 (33)
Actress, Model
Names/Places: Vidal's daughter

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🏆🏁Ake Seyffarth -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/15/1919 d.1/1/1998 (78)
Speed Skater, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1948)

🏆John Steadman -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/14/1927 N.S. d.1/1/2001 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Sports Writer
Misc: The Baltimore Sun

🏆🏀David J. Stern -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/22/1942 N.S. d.1/1/2020 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, NBA Executive
Misc: Marketing expert and former NBA commissioner; took office the year Michael Jordan turned pro; has presided over stunning artistic and financial success of NBA both nationally and internationally, best demonstrated by reception of the Dream Team at 1992 Olympics; league has grown from 23 teams to 27 during his watch and will expand to 29 in 1995 with arrival of Toronto and Vancouver; received unprecedented 5-year, $27.5 million contract extension in 1990.

🏆🎾Helen Wills-Moody -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/6/1905 d.1/1/1998 (92)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: LN:Roark; NN:Queen of the Nets
Misc: winner of 7 U.S., 8 British, 4 French women's singles titles; some say b. 1906

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