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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for January 21

Last Updated 02-20-2021

🏆🏌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

🏆⚾Mike Krukow -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1952
Sports Commentator, Baseball Announcer, MLB Pitcher
Sports Teams: San Francisco Giants (color commentator)

🏆🎾Peter Fleming -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1955
Tennis Player
Misc: (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)

🏆🏈Jacob Green -- is 64 in the year 2021 and 65 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1957
NFL Defensive End
Sports Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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

🏆⚾Andy Hawkins -- is 61 in the year 2021 and 62 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1960
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏈Jessie Hester -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1963
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏀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

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🏆🏀Detlef Schrempf -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1963
NBA Forward, American, West German

🏆🏈Dalton Hilliard -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1964
NFL Runningback

🏆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

🏆🏒John LeBlanc -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1964
NHL Left Wing, Canadian

🏆🏈Eric Moore -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1965
NFL Guard, Football Offensive Lineman

🏆🏒Brian Bradley -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1965
NHL Center, Canadian

🏆⚾Matthew Stark -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1965
MLB Catcher
Misc: MLB Designated Hitter

🏆⚾Chris Hammond -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1966
MLB Pitcher

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🏆🎾Ulf Stenlund -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1967
Tennis Player, Swedish

🏆⚾Keith Shepherd -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1968
MLB Pitcher

🏆⚾Tom Urbani -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1968
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏈Ashley Sheppard -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1969
NFL Linebacker

🏆🏈Matt Willig -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1969
NFL Player, Football Offensive Tackle

🏆⚾Rusty Greer -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1969
MLB Left Fielder
Misc: in the Rangers Hall of Fame

🏆⚾Jeff McCurry -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1970
MLB Pitcher, Japanese

🏆🏒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

🏆🏀Doug Edwards -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1971
NBA Forward

🏆⚾Brian S. Giles -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1971
MLB Outfielder

🏆🏒Craig Martin -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1971
NHL Right Wing, Canadian

🏆🏀Howard Nathan -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1972
NBA Player

🏆⚾Alan Benes -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1972
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏈Grady Jackson -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1973
NFL Defensive, Football Defensive Tackle

🏆🏈Jerald Sowell -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1974
NFL Fullback

🏆🏈Jerry Wunsch -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1974
NFL Player, Football Offensive Tackle

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🏆🏈Orpheus Roye -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1974
NFL Defensive End

🏆Lynn Thomas -- is 45 in the year 2021 and 46 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1976
Model, Playmate
Misc: May 1997

🏆⚽🏉Brian O'Driscoll -- is 42 in the year 2021 and 43 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1979 N.S.
Soccer Player, Rugby Player, Irish

🏆🥊Maryse Ouellet -- is 38 in the year 2021 and 39 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1983 N.S.
Wrestler, Beauty Pagent Winner, Model, Canadian
Names/Places: ring name: Maryse

🏆🏒Ryan Suter -- is 36 in the year 2021 and 37 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1985 N.S.
NHL Defensive, American

🏆🏒Jonathan Quick -- is 35 in the year 2021 and 36 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1986 N.S.
NHL Goaltender, American

🏆⚾Brandon Crawford -- is 34 in the year 2021 and 35 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1987 N.S.
MLB Shortstop, American
Misc: 3x Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 2x World Series champ; active as of 2016

🏆Ashton Eaton -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1988 N.S.
Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Decathlete

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🏆⚽Henrikh Mkhitaryan -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1989 N.S.
Soccer Midfielder, Armenian

🏆⚾José (B. 1990) Ramírez -- is 31 in the year 2021 and 32 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1990 N.S.
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: RN: José Altagracia Ramírez

🎭🏆Chanelle Peloso -- is 27 in the year 2021 and 28 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1994 N.S.
Actress, Gymnast, Canadian
TV Shows: Incredible Crew
Movie Titles: Zapped

🏆⚽Marco Asensio -- is 25 in the year 2021 and 26 in the year 2022; b.1/21/1996 N.S.
Soccer Player, Spanish

🏆🎳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)

🏆🏈Wesley Theodore Englehorn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1890 d.9/3/1993 (103)
College Football Coach, College Football Player

🎭🏆Jinx Falkenberg -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1919 d.8/27/2003 (84)
Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Panelist, Model, Spanish
Names/Places: b. in Barcelona; Tex McCrary's wife
TV Shows: Masquerade Party, Tex & Jinx Show

🏆🥊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)

🎭🏆Steve Reeves -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1926 d.5/1/2000 (74)
Movie Actor, Body Builder
Misc: Mr. World, Mr. Universe
Movie Titles: Hercules, Hercules Unchained

✍🏆Alice Denham -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1927 N.S. d.1/27/2016 N.S. (89)
Writer, Model, Playmate
Misc: July 1956 Playmate; birth year of 1933 was faked for a long time until her death

🏆🏀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)

🏆⚾Johnny Oates -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1946 d.12/24/2004 (58)
MLB Manager, MLB Player

💰💻🏆🏈🏀⚽Paul Allen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1953 N.S. d.10/15/2018 N.S. (65)
Philanthropist, Investor, Computer Company Owner, NFL Owner, NBA Owner, Soccer Owner
Misc: Microsoft co-founder
Sports Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (owner), Seattle Seahawks (owner), Seattle Sounders FC (owner)

🏆⚾Dave Smith -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1955 d.12/17/2008 (53)
MLB Player

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🏆⚾José Uribe -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/21/1960 d.12/8/2006 (46)
MLB Player, Dominican Republican

🏆🥊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)

🏆🥊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

🏆⚾Carl Furillo -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/8/1922 d.1/21/1989 (66)
MLB Player
Misc: NL Batting Champ 1953
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers

🎵🏆🥊"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

🏆⚾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)

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🏆🏀Alex Groza -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/7/1926 d.1/21/1995 (68)
College Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete

🏆🏈Shane Dronett -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/12/1971 d.1/21/2009 (38)
NFL Player

🏆⚾Bobby Bragan -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/30/1917 d.1/21/2010 (92)
MLB Manager, MLB Coach, MLB Shortstop, MLB Catcher

🏆⚽Emiliano Sala -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/31/1990 N.S. d.1/21/2019 N.S. (28)
Soccer Player, Argentine

🏆🏀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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