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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for December 5

Last Updated 05-13-2022

🏆🎾Brian Tobin -- is 92 in the year 2022 and 93 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1930
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Australian

🏆🏈Jim Plunkett -- is 75 in the year 2022 and 76 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1947
Hall of Famer, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Names/Places: b. in San Jose, CA
Misc: Heisman Trophy winner in 1970; led Oakland-LA Raiders to Super Bowl wins in 1981 and '84; Super Bowl XV MVP; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Stanford University, New England Patriots (1971-1975), San Francisco 49ers (1976-1977), Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1978-1986)

🎵🎸Jim Messina -- is 75 in the year 2022 and 76 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1947
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist, Rock & Roll Bassist
Names/Places: b. in Maywood, CA
Group Names: Loggins & Messina, Poco, Buffalo Springfield (substituting for some of the shows after Jim Palmer was busted for possession)

🏆🏌Lanny Wadkins -- is 73 in the year 2022 and 74 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1949
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: some say b. 1950

✍🏆🥊Larry Zbyszko -- is 71 in the year 2022 and 72 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1951
Hall of Famer, Author, Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Lawrence Whistler

🏆🏀Ann "Muffet" McGraw -- is 67 in the year 2022 and 68 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1955 N.S.
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach

🏆🏈Art Monk -- is 65 in the year 2022 and 66 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1957
Hall of Famer, NFL Wide Receiver
Misc: passed for 11,628 yards avg 13.7, 63 TDs; in college and pro football hall of fames
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins (1980-1993), New York Jets (1994), Philadelphia Eagles (1995)

🏆🏁🏊Pablo Morales -- is 58 in the year 2022 and 59 in the year 2023; b.12/5/1964 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Pedro Pablo Morales Jr.

🏆🏒Riley Hern -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1880 N.S. d.6/24/1929 N.S. (48)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1898-1911
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Keystones (WPHL), Portage Lakes (IPHL), Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA/NHA)

🏆🥊Kidd Williams -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1893 d.10/18/1963 (69)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Danish (Denmark)
Names/Places: RN:John Gutenko

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🎵Rice Miller -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1899 d.5/25/1965 (65)
Hall of Famer, Harmonicaist, Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN:Aleck Ford
Misc: he was billed as the original Sonny Boy Williamson after the original was murdered; DOB on gravestone sez 3-11-1908 and a passport sez 4-7-1909

🎨✍🎭Walt Disney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1901 d.12/15/1966 (65)
Hall of Famer, Animator, Writer, TV Host, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, IL; FN:Walter Elias
Misc: Cartoon Creator, Empire Founder; Created Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, etc.; produced Snow White, the first animated movie; Disneyland TV Show host; created Disneyland in Anaheim, planned Walt Disney World in Florida that opened five years after his death
TV Shows: Disneyland (host)

🎭🎵Ray Whitley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1901 d.2/21/1979 (77)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

🏆🏀Bruce Drake -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1905 N.S. d.12/4/1983 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Oklahoma (player 1926-1929, coach 1938-1955), Air Force (1956-?)

🏆🏒Winthrop Hale "Ding" Palmer Jr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1906 N.S. d.2/4/1970 N.S. (63)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player, Olympic Athlete

🏆🏀🏒William Morse "Bill" Davidson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1922 N.S. d.3/13/2009 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, NBA Owner, NHL Owner
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (principal owner), Detroit Shock (principal owner, WNBA), Tampa Bay Lighting (owner)

🏆🥊Chris Tolos -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1929 d.8/13/2005 (75)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Canadian, Greek

⚖🏆🥊Tom Drake -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1930 d.2/2/2017 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, Politician, Attorney, Wrestler
Misc: Alabama House of Representatives 1960-1992, Speaker 1983-1987

🎵Little Richard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/5/1932 N.S. d.5/9/2020 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Gay
Names/Places: b. in Macon, GA; NN:The Architect of Rock & Roll; RN:Richard Wayne Penniman
Misc: many say b. Dec 25
Song Titles: Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille, Jenny Jenny, Keep-a-Knockin, Good Golly Miss Molly, Great Gosh A'Mighty (It's a Matter of Time)
Album Titles: Here's Little Richard

📰🏆🥊Jimmy Cannon -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/10/1909 d.12/5/1973 (64)
Hall of Famer, Journalist, Sports Writer, Boxing Figure
Misc: in the International Boxing (for coverage of that sport) and National Sportscasters Halls of Fame

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🏆🎾Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/20/1886 N.S. d.12/5/1974 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: She won her first national title in 1909 and her last in 1955 at the age of 68! In her career she won 50 national titles in singles and doubles indoors and out.

🏆🏈🏀Edgar S. "Eddie" Hickey -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/20/1902 N.S. d.12/5/1980 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Creighton University (football 1934, basketball 1934-1943, 1946-1947), St. Louis University (basketball 1947-1958), Marquette University (basketball 1958-1964)

🏆🏒Peter Angelo "Pete" Bessone -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/13/1913 N.S. d.12/5/1989 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player
Misc: played 1931-1950
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Hornets, Cleveland Barons, Providence Reds

🎭Roone Arledge -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/8/1931 d.12/5/2002 (71)
Hall of Famer, TV Executive, TV Producer
Names/Places: b. in Forest Hills, N.Y.
Misc: introduced instant replay, stop-action, split screens, & slow motion
TV Shows: ABC's Wide World of Sports (producer), ABC Sports (executiuve), ABC News (executive)

🏆⚽Geoff Coombes -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/23/1919 d.12/5/2002 (83)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, English

🏆Markovits Kálmán -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/26/1931 N.S. d.12/5/2009 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Hungarian

🎭🏆🏈Don Meredith -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/10/1938 d.12/5/2010 (72)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Commercial Actor, Sports Commentator, NFL Quarterback
Names/Places: b. in Mt. Vernon, TX; NN:Dandy
Misc: Lipton Ice Tea
Sports Teams: Southern Methodist University, Dallas Cowboys (1960-1968)
TV Shows: Monday Night Football

🏆🏌Peter Alliss -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/28/1931 N.S. d.12/5/2020 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, Golfer, English
Misc: BBC television presenter and commentator, author and golf course designer.

🏆🏈Bill Glass -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/16/1935 N.S. d.12/5/2021 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, NFL Defensive End, College Football Player, CFL Figure
Sports Teams: Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL, 1957) Detroit Lions (1958-1961), Cleveland Browns (1962-1968)

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