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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 17

Last Updated 06-02-2024

🏆🏀Bill Blair -- is 82 in the year 2024 and 83 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1942
NBA Coach

🏆🎾Tony Roche -- is 79 in the year 2024 and 80 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1945
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Tennis Coach, Australian

🏆🏈Pat Toomay -- is 76 in the year 2024 and 77 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1948
NFL Player

🏆⚾Carlos May -- is 76 in the year 2024 and 77 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1948
MLB Player

🏆🏈Norv Turner -- is 72 in the year 2024 and 73 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1952
NFL Coach

🏆🥊Sugar Ray Leonard -- is 68 in the year 2024 and 69 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1956
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Wilmington, NC; RFMN:Ray Charles
Misc: light welterweight Olympic champ (1976), World Boxing Council world welterweight title 1979 and four more titles; retired after losing to Terry Norris on Feb. 9, 1991, with record of 36-2-1 and 25 KOs.

🏆Jim Nantz -- is 65 in the year 2024 and 66 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1959 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Sports Announcer

🏆🏈Scott Case -- is 62 in the year 2024 and 63 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1962
NFL Player

🏆🏀Kim Mulkey -- is 62 in the year 2024 and 63 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1962 N.S.
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach

🏆🏀Jon Koncak -- is 61 in the year 2024 and 62 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1963
NBA Center

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🏆⚾Rob Nelson -- is 60 in the year 2024 and 61 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1964
MLB Player

🏆🏀Daniel Ricardo "Danny" Manning -- is 58 in the year 2024 and 59 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1966 N.S.
NBA Forward, College Basketball Coach

🏆🏈Tim Grunhard -- is 56 in the year 2024 and 57 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1968
NFL Center

🏆🏈Craig Erickson -- is 55 in the year 2024 and 56 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1969
NFL Quarterback

🏆🏈Derrick Deese -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NFL Player

🏆🏀Chris (Basketball) Smith -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NBA Guard

🏆🏀Hubert Davis -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NBA Guard, College Basketball Coach

🏆🏀Todd Mundt -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NBA Player

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🏆🏒Jim Cummins -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NHL Player

🏆🏒Dane Jackson -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1970
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏒Bill Lindsay -- is 53 in the year 2024 and 54 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1971
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏈John Burrough -- is 52 in the year 2024 and 53 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1972
NFL Player

🏆🏒Mike Prokopec -- is 50 in the year 2024 and 51 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1974
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆⚾Wiki González -- is 50 in the year 2024 and 51 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1974 N.S.
MLB Catcher, Venezuelan

🏆⚾José Guillén -- is 48 in the year 2024 and 49 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1976
MLB Player, Dominican Republican

🏆⚾Carlos Peña -- is 46 in the year 2024 and 47 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1978
MLB First Baseman, Dominican Republican
Names/Places: RN: Carlos Felipe Pena
Misc: Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, AL Home Run Leader 2009
Sports Teams: Texas Rangers (2001), Oakland Athletics (2002), Detroit Tigers (2002-2005), Boston Red Sox (2006), Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2007-2010), Chicago Cubs (2011), Tampa Bay Rays (2012), Houston Astros (2013), Kansas City Royals (2013), Texas Rangers (2014)

🏆🏈Matt Cassel -- is 42 in the year 2024 and 43 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1982
NFL Quarterback

🏆🏀Tony Parker -- is 42 in the year 2024 and 43 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1982 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Player, Belgiumese, French

🏆🏈Matt (Football) Ryan -- is 39 in the year 2024 and 40 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1985 N.S.
NFL Quarterback
Misc: NFL MVP (2016)
Sports Teams: Atlanta Falcons

🎭🏆Karrueche Tran -- is 36 in the year 2024 and 37 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1988 N.S.
Actress, Model

🏆Tessa Virtue -- is 35 in the year 2024 and 36 in the year 2025; b.5/17/1989 N.S.
Ice Dancer, Olympic Athlete

🏆Wilhelm Steinitz -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1856 d.8/12/1900 (44)
Chess Player, Czech
Misc: the first world chess champion 1866-94; DOD was entered as DOB on Pat Kincaid's database(???), else DOD is unconfirmed

🏆George Sheldon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1874 N.S. d.11/25/1907 N.S. (33)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🥊Sam McVey -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1884 d.12/23/1921 (37)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

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🏆⚾James "Cool Papa" Bell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1903 N.S. d.3/7/1991 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, MLB Outfielder
Misc: top Negro League player

🏆⚾🏈"Ace" Parker -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1912 d.11/6/2013 (101)
Hall of Famer, MLB Player, College Baseball Coach, NFL Quarterback
Misc: in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL 1937-1941), Boston Yanks (NFL 1945), New York Yankees (AAFC 1946), Philadelphia Athletics (MLB 1936-1937)

🏆🏒Carl Liscombe -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1915 d.2/23/2004 (88)
NHL Player

🏆Lydia Wideman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1920 N.S. d.4/13/2019 N.S. (98)
Olympic Athlete, Finnish
Misc: 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)

🏆🏁🏊John Griffith Davies -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1929 N.S. d.3/24/2020 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🏆🥊Billy Red Lyons -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1932 N.S. d.6/22/2009 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Canadian
Names/Places: RN: William Snip

🏆🏈Earl E. Morrall -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1934 d.4/24/2014 (79)
NFL Quarterback
Misc: backup QB; NFL Player of the Year [1968], Super Bowls III, V, VII, VIII; AFC Player of the Year [1971]
Sports Teams: San Francisco '49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

🏆⚾Pascual Pérez -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1957 d.10/31/2012 (55)
MLB Pitcher, Dominican Republican

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🏆🏈Chris Henry -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1983 d.12/17/2009 (26)
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏈Harold "Brick" Muller -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/12/1901 N.S. d.5/17/1962 N.S. (60)
NFL Player

🏆🏈Steve Owen -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/21/1898 d.5/17/1964 (66)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Player, College Football Player
Sports Teams: Kansas City Blues (player 1924), Hartford Blues (player 1925), Cleveland Bulldogs (player 1925), Kansas City Cowboys (player 1925), New York Giants (player 1926-1931), New York Giants (player 1933), New York Giants (coach 1930-1953), Philadelphia Eagles (coach 1956-1957), Toronto Argonauts (coach 1959), Calgary Stampeders (coach 1960), Saskatchewan Roughriders (coach 1961-1962), Syracuse Stormers (coach 1963)

🏆Ernst Magnus Brandsten -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/13/1883 N.S. d.5/17/1965 N.S. (81)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, Swedish

🏆🥊Randolph "Randy" Turpin -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/7/1928 N.S. d.5/17/1966 N.S. (37)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English

🏆⚾"Dixie" Walker -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/24/1910 d.5/17/1982 (71)
MLB Player

🏆🏒Hector "Toe" Blake -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/21/1912 N.S. d.5/17/1995 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1934-1948; his eight Stanley Cup championships in 13 seasons as coach of the Montreal Canadiens is a National Hockey League record; led Montreal to 2 Stanley Cups as a player and 8 more as coach; regular season MVP in 1939.
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons

🏆🏁Scott Brayton -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/20/1959 d.5/17/1996 (37)
Auto Racer

🏆🏒Donald "Don" Clark -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1915 N.S. d.5/17/1999 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Executive

🏆🏁🏊Thelma Kalama -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/24/1931 d.5/17/1999 (68)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)

🏆⚾Joe Black -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/8/1924 d.5/17/2002 (78)
MLB Player

⛪🏆⚾Harmon Killebrew -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/29/1936 d.5/17/2011 (74)
Hall of Famer, Mormon, MLB First Baseman
Names/Places: MN:Clayton
Misc: 13x All-Star, AL MVP 1969; slugger who led AL in HRs 6 times and RBI 3 times; 573 career HRs; Twins #3 retired
Sports Teams: Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins (1954-1974), Kansas City Royals (1975)

🏆🏌Ken Venturi -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/15/1931 d.5/17/2013 (82)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: worked at CBS Sports as a golf analyst for 35 years until he retired in 2002.

🎭🏆🥊Shad Javier Gaspard -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/13/1981 N.S. d.5/17/2020 N.S. (39)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Wrestler
Names/Places: Ring Name: Shad

🎭🏆Marnie Schulenburg -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/21/1984 N.S. d.5/17/2022 N.S. (37)
Actress, Gymnast

🎨🏆🥊Superstar Billy Graham -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/7/1943 N.S. d.5/17/2023 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Artist, Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Eldridge Wayne Coleman

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