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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for October 5

Last Updated 12-01-2021

🏆🏀Adrian "Odie" Smith -- is 85 in the year 2021 and 86 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1936 N.S.
NBA Player

🏆🏈Barry Switzer -- is 84 in the year 2021 and 85 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1937
NFL Coach, College Football Coach
Misc: coached Oklahoma to 3 national titles (1974-75,85); fourth on all-time winningest list with 157-29-4 record and .837 win percentage; resigned in 1989 after OU was slapped with 3-year NCAA probation and 5 players were brought up on criminal charges; hired as Dallas Cowboys head coach on Mar. 30, 1994.
Sports Teams: Arkansas (player 1956-1960, coach 1961-1965), University of Oklahoma (coach 1966-1988), Dallas Cowboys (coach 1994-1997)

⚖💰🏆⚾Eli Jacobs -- is 84 in the year 2021 and 85 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1937
Attorney, Financier, MLB Owner
Sports Teams: Baltimore Orioles (owned 1989-1993)

🏆Pat Russo -- is 80 in the year 2021 and 81 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1941 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: November 1965

🏆🏁🏊Ricardo Hoffmann -- is 80 in the year 2021 and 81 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1941
Swimmer
Misc: holder of the record for the greatest distance covered (299 miles) in a continuous swim.

🏆Terri Kimball -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1944
Model, Playmate
Misc: May 1964

🏆🏈Robert Holmes -- is 76 in the year 2021 and 77 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1945
NFL Runningback
Misc: Super Bowl IV
Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

⚛📰🏆⚾Bill James -- is 72 in the year 2021 and 73 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1949
Theorist, Historian, Baseball Writer
Misc: Statistician

🏆🏀Aaron James -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1952
NBA Player

🏆🏀Charles Davis -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1958
NBA Player

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🏆🏁Michael Mario Andretti -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1962
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: 1992 CART national champion with single season record 8 wins; Indy 500 Rookie of Year (1984); left IndyCar circuit for ill-fated Formula One try in 1993; returned to IndyCar in '94; entered 1994 with 27 career wins; son of Mario.

🏆🏌Laura Davies -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1963
Hall of Famer, Golfer, English

🎭🏆Penny Baker -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: January 1984

🏆🏈Trace Armstrong -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
NFL Defensive End
Names/Places: RN:Raymond Lester
Sports Teams: Chicago Bears

🏆🏒Mario Lemieux -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: 4-time NHL scoring leader (1988-89,92-93); Rookie of Year (1985); 3-time All-NHL first team (1988-89,93); 2-time regular season MVP (1988,93); 3-time All-Star Game MVP; led Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1991 and '92) and was playoff MVP both years; won 1993 scoring title despite missing 24 games to undergo radiation treatments for Hodgkin's disease; missed 62 games during 1993-94 season mostly due to back injuries; announced on Aug. 29, 1994 he would sit out 1994-95 season due to fatigue.
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins (possibly 1994-1997 and 2000-2006)

🏆🏒Patrick Roy -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
Hall of Famer, NHL Coach, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: playing career 1985-2003; led Montreal to 2 Stanley Cup titles; playoff MVP as rookie in 1986 and again in '93; has won Vezina Trophy 3 times (1989-90,92).
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche

🏆🎾Richey Reneberg -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
Tennis Player

🏆🏒Howard Baldwin -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1965
NHL Owner, NHL Player
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins (owner)

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🏆🏒Fredrik Olausson -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1966
NHL Player, Swedish

🏆🏀Rex Chapman -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1967
NBA Guard

🏆⚾Rey Sánchez -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1967
MLB Player, Puerto Rican

🏆⚾Alan Diaz -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1968 N.S.
MLB Outfielder

🏆⚾Alex Diaz -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1968
MLB Player

🎭🏆Josie Bissett -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1970
TV/Movie Actress, Model
Names/Places: Rob Estes' wife
Misc: many also say b. 1969
TV Shows: Melrose Place (as Jane Mancini), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (as Kathleen)
Movie Titles: Mikey, The Doors

🏆🏈Anthony Phillips -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1970
NFL Player

🏆🏈Thomas Randolph -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1970
NFL Player

🏆🏈Chad Lewis -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1971
NFL Tight End

🏆🏈Chris Whitney -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1971
NFL Player

🏆🏒Dan Plante -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1971
NHL Player, American

🏆🏀Grant Hill -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1972 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Dream Team
Sports Teams: Duke University, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers

🏆⚾Yamil Benítez -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1972 N.S.
MLB Player, Puerto Rican

🏆⚾Manuel Aybar -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1974
MLB Pitcher, Dominican Republican

🏆⚽Kevin Mirallas -- is 34 in the year 2021 and 35 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1987 N.S.
Soccer Player, Belgiumese

🏆🏉Sam Warburton -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1988 N.S.
Rugby Player, Welsh (Wales)

🏆🏈Travis Kelce -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1989 N.S.
NFL Tight End

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🏆🏀Cody Zeller -- is 29 in the year 2021 and 30 in the year 2022; b.10/5/1992 N.S.
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Indiana University, Charlotte Bobcats

🏆⚾Claude Ritchey -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1873 d.11/8/1951 (78)
MLB Player
Names/Places: NN:Little All Right

✍🏆🏀David Walsh -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1889 N.S. d.6/2/1975 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, Author, Basketball Referee
Misc: co-authored the first ever Manual of Basketball Officiating

🏆⚾James Bagby -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1889 d.7/28/1954 (64)
MLB Player

💰🏆⚾Ray A. Kroc -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1902 d.1/14/1984 (81)
Restaurateur, MLB Owner
Misc: builder of McDonalds empire; McDonald's says Oct 2
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres (owned)

🏆🏀Renalto William Jones -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1906 d.4/22/1981 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, Sports Executive, Basketball Figure, Italian
Misc: co-founder Int'l Basketball Association and MLB exec; a popularizer of basketball in Europe and in Asia

🏆🏁🏊Jack Medica -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1914 N.S. d.4/15/1985 N.S. (70)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🏒Roy Gordon Conacher -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1916 d.12/29/1984 (68)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1938-1951
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks

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🏆🏈Bill Willis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1921 d.11/27/2007 (86)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player
Misc: AAFC and NFL Hall of Fame middle guard
Sports Teams: Ohio State University, Cleveland Browns (1946-1953)

🏆⚽John "Jock" Stein -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1922 N.S. d.9/10/1985 N.S. (62)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish
Misc: CBE; centre half and manager

🏆🏁🏇Merlin Volzke -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1925 d.2/21/2013 (87)
Jockey

🏆🏒William Wadsworth "Bill" Wirtz -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1929 N.S. d.9/26/2007 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, NHL Owner
Misc: was the chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of the family-owned Wirtz Corporation
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks (owned for 41 years)

🏆🏈Drew Hill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1956 d.3/18/2011 (54)
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🥊Jeanne Evert -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1957 N.S. d.2/20/2020 N.S. (62)
Wrestler
Names/Places: Chris's sister

🏆⚾Terry Mathews -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1964 d.2/24/2012 (47)
MLB Player

🏆🏈Dennis Byrd -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/5/1966 N.S. d.10/15/2016 N.S. (50)
NFL Defensive

🏆⚾Oscar Charleston -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/14/1896 N.S. d.10/5/1954 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Manager, Baseball Player
Misc: Negro Leagues star
Sports Teams: Indianapolis ABCs (1915-1918), Lincoln Stars (1916), Chicago American Giants (1919), Detroit Stars (1919), Indianapolis ABCs (1920), St. Louis Giants (1921), Indianapolis ABCs (1922-1923), Harrisburg Giants (1924-1927), Hilldale Club (1928-1929), Homestead Grays (1930-1931), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932-1937), Toledo Crawfords (1939), Indianapolis Crawfords (1940), Philadelphia Stars (1941)

🏆🏌Walter C. Hagen -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/21/1892 d.10/5/1969 (76)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: won 2 U.S. Opens, 5 PGA, & 4 British Opens

🏆🏈Ken Strong -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/21/1906 d.10/5/1979 (73)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player
Misc: NFL, AFL halfback; the first player in NFL history to attempt and score on a fair catch kick.
Sports Teams: New York University, Staten Island Stapletons (1929-1932), New York Giants (1933-1935), New York Yankees (AFL II, 1936-1937), New York Giants (1939), New York Giants (1944-1947)

🏆⚾Lee Gamble -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/15/1910 N.S. d.10/5/1994 N.S. (84)
MLB Outfielder

🏆🏌Dave Marr -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/27/1933 d.10/5/1997 (63)
Golfer

🏆🏒Wayne Rutledge -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/5/1942 d.10/5/2004 (62)
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏀George King -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/16/1928 d.10/5/2006 (78)
NBA Player

🏆⚾Brian Powell -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/10/1973 d.10/5/2009 (35)
MLB Player

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🏆🏀Larry Siegfried -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/22/1939 d.10/5/2010 (71)
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics

✍📰🏆🏁Brock Yates -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/21/1933 N.S. d.10/5/2016 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Author, Screenwriter, Journalist, Racing Figure
Misc: longtime executive order of Car and Driver magazine

🏆⚾Andy Etchebarren -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/20/1943 N.S. d.10/5/2019 N.S. (76)
MLB Catcher

🎨🎭🏆Margaret Nolan -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/29/1943 N.S. d.10/5/2020 N.S. (76)
Artist, Actress, Model, English
Movie Titles: A Hard Day's Night, Goldfinger

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