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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 21

Last Updated 06-02-2024

🏆🏈Gerry Faust -- is 89 in the year 2024 and 90 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1935
College Football Coach, College Football Coach
Sports Teams: Notre Dame

🏆🏀Gene Keady -- is 88 in the year 2024 and 89 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1936 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Garden City Community College (player 1954-1956), Kansas State (player 1956-1958), Beloit HS (coach 1959-1965), Hutchinson JC (coach 1965-1974), Arkansas (coach 1975-1978), Western Kentucky (coach 1978-1980), Purdue University (coach 1980-2005), Toronto Raptors (coach 2005-2006), St. John's (coach 2010-2015)

🏆⚾Bobby Cox -- is 83 in the year 2024 and 84 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1941
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Third Baseman
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (player 1968-1969), Atlanta Braves (manager 1978-1981, 1990-2010), Toronto Blue Jays (manager 1982-1985)

🏆🏈Pete Banaszak -- is 80 in the year 2024 and 81 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1944 N.S.
NFL Runningback
Misc: Super Bowl II, XI
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders

🏆🏌Dorothy Germain -- is 77 in the year 2024 and 78 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1947
Golfer
Names/Places: aka Dorothy "Dot" Germain; Dorothy Germain Porter's niece

🎭🏆🥊Mr. T -- is 72 in the year 2024 and 73 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1952
TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Wrestler
Names/Places: aka Mister T; b. in Chicago; RN:Lawrence Tero
TV Shows: celebrity bodyguard 1970s; The A-Team (as Sgt. Bosco aka B.A.) Baracus, Mister T (cartoon star), T and T (as T.S. Turner)
Movie Titles: The Blues Brothers (as Guy on Street), Rocky III, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

🏆🏈Dave Wannstedt -- is 72 in the year 2024 and 73 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1952
NFL Coach, College Football Coach, College Football Player

🏆Marina Langner -- is 70 in the year 2024 and 71 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1954
Beauty Pagent Winner, German
Misc: Miss World runner-up (1975)

🏆🏈Jim Ritcher -- is 66 in the year 2024 and 67 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1958
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: North Carolina State, Buffalo Bills (1980-1993), Atlanta Falcons (1994-1995)

🏆⚾Paul Runge -- is 66 in the year 2024 and 67 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1958
MLB Player

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🏆🏌Mark Carnevale -- is 64 in the year 2024 and 65 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1960
Golfer

🏆🏁🏊Vladimir Salnikov -- is 64 in the year 2024 and 65 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1960 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Soviet

🏆⚾Kent Hrbek -- is 64 in the year 2024 and 65 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1960
MLB First Baseman

🏆🏒Tommy Albelin -- is 60 in the year 2024 and 61 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1964
NHL Player, Swedish

🏆🏈Tracy Simien -- is 57 in the year 2024 and 58 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1967
NFL Player

🏆🏒Reid Simpson -- is 55 in the year 2024 and 56 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1969
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏈Dorsey Levens -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1970
NFL Runningback

🏆⚾Bryce Florie -- is 54 in the year 2024 and 55 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1970
MLB Pitcher

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🏆⚾Chris Widger -- is 53 in the year 2024 and 54 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1971
MLB Catcher

🏆Alesha Oreskovich -- is 52 in the year 2024 and 53 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1972
Model, Playmate
Misc: June 1993

🏆⚾Mark Quinn -- is 50 in the year 2024 and 51 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1974
MLB Player

🏆⚾Travis Harper -- is 48 in the year 2024 and 49 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1976
MLB Player

🏆🏈Ricky Williams -- is 47 in the year 2024 and 48 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1977 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NFL Runningback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1998); Texas Longhorns #34 retired; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Texas, New Orleans Saints (1999-2001), Miami Dolphins (2002-2005), Toronto Argonauts (2006), Miami Dolphins (2007-2010), Baltimore Ravens (2011)

🏆⚾Josh Hamilton -- is 43 in the year 2024 and 44 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1981 N.S.
MLB Pitcher
Misc: AL LCS MVP 2010, AL MVP 2010
Sports Teams: Texas Rangers

🏆🏉Ma'a Nonu -- is 42 in the year 2024 and 43 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1982 N.S.
Rugby Player, New Zealand

🏆⚾Andrew Miller -- is 39 in the year 2024 and 40 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1985 N.S.
MLB Pitcher
Misc: ALCS MVP (2016)
Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians

🏆🏁🚲Mark Cavendish -- is 39 in the year 2024 and 40 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1985 N.S.
Bicyclist, English

🏆⚾Matt Wieters -- is 38 in the year 2024 and 39 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1986 N.S.
MLB Catcher
Misc: 3x All-Star, 2x Gold Glove; active as of 2015
Sports Teams: Baltimore Orioles

🏆⚽Mario Mandžukić -- is 38 in the year 2024 and 39 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1986 N.S.
Soccer Player, Croatian

🏆Tom Daley -- is 30 in the year 2024 and 31 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1994 N.S.
Diver, Olympic Athlete, English

🏆🏈Josh (Football) Allen -- is 28 in the year 2024 and 29 in the year 2025; b.5/21/1996 N.S.
NFL Quarterback

🏆⚾Fred Dunlap -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1859 d.12/1/1902 (43)
MLB Player
Names/Places: NN:Sure Shot

🏆⛸Joseph Savage -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1879 d.3/10/1956 (76)
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

🏆🏒James Henry "Jimmy" Gardner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1881 N.S. d.11/7/1940 N.S. (59)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, NHL Forward, Canadian
Misc: Played from 1899-1911
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Professionals, Montreal Wanderers, Montreal Shamrocks, Calumet Miners, New Westminster Royals, Montreal Canadiens

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🏆⚾Earl Howard Averill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1902 d.8/16/1983 (81)
Hall of Famer, MLB Center Fielder
Misc: some say b. 1903 or 1915; Cleveland Indians all-time home run champ
Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians (1929-1939), Detroit Tigers (1939-1940), Boston Braves (1941)

🏆🏌Harold "Jug" McSpaden -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1908 N.S. d.4/22/1996 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Golfer

🏆⚾Monty Stratton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1912 d.9/29/1982 (70)
MLB Pitcher

⚖🏆🏁🏊Keo Nakama -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1920 N.S. d.9/8/2011 N.S. (91)
Hall of Famer, Politician (m), Swimmer, Hawaiian

🏆🏈Ara Parseghian -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1923 N.S. d.8/2/2017 N.S. (94)
Hall of Famer, Football Announcer, NFL Player, College Football Coach
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Miami University (player 1946-1947, coach 1950-1955), Cleveland Browns (coach 1948-1949), Northwestern University (coach 1956-1963), University of Notre Dame (coach 1964-1974)

🏆🏌Bettye Danoff -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1923 N.S. d.12/22/2011 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: An LPGA Co-Founder

🏆🏀Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1923 N.S. d.4/18/2005 N.S. (81)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: retired as coach of Div. II Winston-Salem after 1992-93 season with 828-446 record in 47 years; ranks second on all-time NCAA list behind Adolph Rupp's 876; in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Morgan State University (player 1941-1945), Winston-Salem State University (coach 1946-1993)

🏆🏁Everett "Cotton" Owens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1924 N.S. d.6/7/2012 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR

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🏆⚾Edward Ray Fitzgerald -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1924 N.S. d.6/14/2020 N.S. (96)
MLB Coach, MLB Catcher

🏆🏀John Kennedy "Jack" Twyman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1934 N.S. d.5/30/2012 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Sportscaster, NBA Forward, Canadian
Names/Places: RN:John Kennedy Twyman
Misc: All-America at Cincinnati (1955); six-time NBA All-Star (1957-60, 1962-63); twice Second Team All-NBA (1960, 1962); among the NBA's top 15 scorers for eight seasons. Also known for serving as guardian of former teammate Maurice Stokes from his crippling head injury in 1958 until his death in 1970; Kings #27 retired
Sports Teams: Rochester/Cincinnatti Royals (1955-1966)

🏆🏈Johnny Majors -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1935 N.S. d.6/3/2020 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach, College Football Player, CFL Figure
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Tennessee (player 1953-1956, coach 1957-1959, 1977-1992), Montreal Alouettes (player 1957), Mississippi State (coach 1960-1963), Arkansas (coach 1964-1967), Iowa State (coach 1968-1972), Pittsburgh (coach 1973-1976, 1993-1996)

🏆🏁🏊John Konrads -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1942 N.S. d.4/25/2021 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🏆🏁Danny Ongais -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1942 N.S. d.2/26/2022 N.S. (79)
Auto Racer, Hawaiian

🏆🥊Chris Benoit -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/21/1967 N.S. d.6/24/2007 N.S. (40)
Wrestler, Canadian

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

🏆🥊Charles Ledoux -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/27/1892 N.S. d.5/21/1967 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, French
Misc: active from 1909-1926

🏆🏀Edward S. "Ed" Steitz -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/7/1920 N.S. d.5/21/1990 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach
Misc: Basketball Official who was considered the leading worldwide authority on amateur basketball rules

🏆⚾Piper Davis -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/3/1917 d.5/21/1997 (79)
Baseball Figure
Misc: Negro League legend

🏆June Cochran -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/20/1942 d.5/21/2004 (62)
Beauty Pagent Winner, Model, Playmate
Misc: December 1962, Playboy Playmate Of The Year 1963

🏆🏈David Lang -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/28/1967 d.5/21/2005 N.S. (38)
NFL Runningback

🏆🏈Stanley Paul "Stan" Jones -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/24/1931 N.S. d.5/21/2010 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, NFL Guard
Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (1954-1965), Washington Redskins (1966)

🏆🏌Mike Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/25/1950 d.5/21/2014 N.S. (63)
Golfer

🏆🏒Bill White -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/26/1939 d.5/21/2017 N.S. (77)
NHL Coach, NHL Player, Canadian

🏆⚾Dave Garcia -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/15/1920 N.S. d.5/21/2018 N.S. (97)
MLB General Manager, MLB Manager, MLB Coach

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