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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for January 21

Last Updated 02-18-2021

🏆🏌Jack Nicklaus -- is 81 in the year 2021 and 82 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1940
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Columbus, Ohio; "The Golden Bear"
Misc: won 4 U.S. Opens, 6 Masters, 5 PGAs and 3 British Opens, not to mention the U.S. Amateur title twice. This brings his total of "major" victories to 20; the oldest player to win Masters (46 in 1986); PGA Player of Year 5 times (1967,72-73,75-76); named Golfer of Century by PGA in 1988; 6-time Ryder Cup player and 2-time captain (1983,87); won NCAA title (1961) and 2 U.S. Amateurs (1959,61); entered 1994 with 70 PGA Tour wins (2nd to Sam Snead's 81); won 2nd U.S. Senior Open in 1993. Leading money earner 8Xs; $5 million earner.

🏆🥊Józef Bednarski -- is 80 in the year 2021 and 81 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1941 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Body Builder, Polish
Names/Places: ring name: Ivan Putski

🏆⚽Alex McLeish -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1959
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish

🏆🏀Akeem Aboul Olajuwon -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1963
Hall of Famer, NBA Center, Nigerian
Names/Places: aka Hakeem; NN:The Dream
Misc: Nigerian native who was consensus All-Americain 1984 and Final Four MVP in 1983 for Houston; overall first pick by Houston Rockets in 1984 NBA Draft; led Rockets to 1994 NBA championship as regular season and playoff MVP; 5-time All-NBA 1st team (1987-89,93-94); career 21,342+ points and 11,410+ rebounds; 1996 Dream Team; 2x NBA Champion (1994, 1995); NBA MVP (1994); 12x NBA All-Star (1985-1990, 1992-1997); 2x NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995); 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993-1994); 6x All-NBA First Team Selection (1987-1989, 1993-1994, 1997); 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1986, 1990, 1996); 3x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1991, 1995, 1999); 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1987-1988, 1990, 1993-1994); 4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1985, 1991, 1996-1997); NBA All-Rookie Team (1985); 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Sports Teams: Houston Rockets (1984-2001), Toronto Raptors (2001-2002)

🏆🏒Scott Fusco -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1963 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Hockey Coach, Hockey Center, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: Harvard Crimson, EHC Olten, United States Olympic Team

🏆Aleksandar Šoštar -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1964 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Serbian

🏆🏒Doug Weight -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1971
Hall of Famer, NHL General Manager, NHL Coach, NHL Center
Names/Places: RN:Douglas Daniel Weight
Misc: played 1991-2010
Sports Teams: New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders

🎖Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1824 N.S. d.5/10/1863 N.S. (39)
Hall of Famer, General
Names/Places: b. in Clarksburg, VA
Misc: Confederate general in the American Civil War, one of its most skillful tacticians, who gained his sobriquet "Stonewall" by his stand at the First Battle of Bull Run (called First Manassas by the South) in 1861; died from wounds received at Chancellorsville

🏆🎳John Koster -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1872 d.8/14/1945 (73)
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: the first to win four ABC Tournament titles.

🏆🏒Georges Vézina -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1887 d.3/27/1926 (39)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Names/Places: RN:Joseph-Georges-Gonzague Vezina; NN:The Chicoutimi Cucumber
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens (possibly 1910-1925)

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🏆🥊Arnold Skaaland -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1925 N.S. d.3/13/2007 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Wrestling Manager

🏆🏈George Connor -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1925 d.3/31/2003 (78)
Hall of Famer, NFL Linebacker, NFL Tackle
Names/Places: NN:Moose
Misc: 4x Pro Bowl, 4x All-Pro; in the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (1948-1955)

🏆🏀John Chaney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1932 N.S. d.1/29/2021 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Bethune-Cookman (player 1951-1955), Sunbury Mercuries (player 1955-1963), Williamsport Billies (player 1963-1966), Sayre JHS (coach 1963-1966), Simon Gratz HS (coach 1966-1972), Cheyney State (coach 1972-1982), Temple (coach 1982-2006)

🎭🎵Wolfman Jack -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1939 d.7/1/1995 (56)
Hall of Famer, Announcer, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, NY; RN:Robert "Bob" Smith; d. in Belvidere, N.C.
Misc: Legendary oldies D.J.; in the 1970s, he was heard on 2200 radio stations in 42+ world countries!
TV Shows: The Midnight Special (announcer), TNN's Rock and Roll Palace
Movie Titles: American Graffiti

🎵Edwin Starr -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1942 N.S. d.4/2/2003 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Soul Singer
Names/Places: RN:Charles Hatcher
Song Titles: War

🎵D.J. Jam Master Jay -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1965 d.10/30/2002 (37)
Hall of Famer, Rap Music Performer
Names/Places: RN:Jason Mizell
Group Names: Run-DMC

🏆🥊Tom Johnson -- Death Anniversary -- b.??/??/1750 d.1/21/1797
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English
Misc: The champion of England 1784-1791

🏆🥊Leo Florian Hauck -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/4/1888 d.1/21/1950 (61)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏀Edward S. "Ned" Irish -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/6/1905 N.S. d.1/21/1982 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, NBA Owner, NBA Executive
Misc: a basketball promoter and one of the key figures in popularizing professional basketball
Sports Teams: New York Knickerbockers (founder and president 1946-1974)

🎵Jackie Wilson -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/9/1934 N.S. d.1/21/1984 N.S. (49)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit, MI; RFN:Jack Leroy
Song Titles: Reet Petite, Lonely Teardrops, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

🏆🥊Eddie Graham -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/15/1930 N.S. d.1/21/1985 N.S. (55)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Edward F. Gossett
Misc: Wrestling Promoter

🎵🏆🥊"Champion" Jack Dupree -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/4/1910 d.1/21/1992 (82)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Drummer, Guitarist, Pianist, Blues Singer, Boxer
Names/Places: RFN:William

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🏆⚾Charlie Gehringer -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/11/1903 d.1/21/1993 (89)
Hall of Famer, MLB Second Baseman
Names/Places: NN:Mechanical Man; RFN:Charles Leonard
Misc: AL MVP 1937, 6x All-Star; Tigers #2 retired
Sports Teams: Detroit Tigers (1924-1942)

🎵Charles Brown -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/13/1922 d.1/21/1999 (76)
Hall of Famer, Pianist, Blues Singer

🎵Robert Lester -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/16/1942 N.S. d.1/21/2010 N.S. (67)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Musician
Names/Places: NN:Squirrel
Group Names: Chi-Lites

🎵Ella Maxine Brown -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/27/1931 N.S. d.1/21/2019 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Singer, Country-Pop Performer
Group Names: The Browns

🏆🏀Morgan Wootten -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/21/1931 N.S. d.1/21/2020 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Coach
Misc: won 5 High School championships, 22 Washington DC championships, and 33 WCAC championships
Sports Teams: DeMatha Catholic High School (coach 1956-2002)

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