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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 31

Last Updated 05-09-2021

🏆🎳Jim Schroeder -- is 92 in the year 2021 and 93 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1929
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🏆Ronald Laird -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1938
Misc: Race Walker

🎭🏆🏈Joe Namath -- is 78 in the year 2021 and 79 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1943
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Commercial Actor, Football Announcer, NFL Quarterback
Names/Places: b. in Beaver Falls, PA; FN: Joseph William; NN: Broadway Joe
Misc: signed for unheard-of $400,000 as rookie with AFL's NY Jets in 1965; 2-time All-AFL (1968-69) and All-NFL (1972); Super Bowl III MVP; led the New York Jets to Super Bowl title upset in 1969; passed 27,663 yards, 173 TDs; was the first to pass as high as 4007 in a season; 4x AFL All-Star, 2x AFL MVP, 2x UPI AFL Player of the Year; Jets #12 retired; Pantyhose seller
Sports Teams: University of Alabama, New York Jets (1965-1976), Los Angeles Rams (1977)
TV Shows: Monday Night Football, Waverly Wonders (as Joe Casey)

🏆🏈Roosevelt Manning -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1950
NFL Tackle
Names/Places: NN: Rosie

🏆🏒Jean Lemieux -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1952
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏌Laura Baugh -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1955

🏆🏒Jim (Hockey) Craig -- is 64 in the year 2021 and 65 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1957
NHL Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1980 hockey team

🏆🏌Gary Hallberg -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1958

🏆🏁🏊Stephen Holland -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1958 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🏆🏈Norm Johnson -- is 61 in the year 2021 and 62 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1960
NFL Kicker
Sports Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons

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🏆⚾Joe Orsulak -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1962
MLB Player

⛪🎭🏆Brooke Shields -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1965
Roman Catholic, Vegetarian, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress, Producer, Model
Names/Places: b. in New York, NY; RFMN:Christa Brooke Camille; Andre Agassi's ex-wife
Misc: Calvin Klein jeans ads, stage: Grease (as Betty)
TV Shows: Lipstick Jungle (as Wendy), Army Wives (as Katherine "Kat" Young), Mr. Pickles (as Mrs. Goodman), Michael J. Fox Show (as Deborah), Creative Galaxy (as Seraphina), Bob Hope (specials frequent guest), Suddenly Susan (as Susan Keane), That 70's Show (as Pamela Burkhardt, Jackie's mom), Hannah Montana (as Miley's mom)
Movie Titles: The Muppets Take Manhattan, Endless Love, The Midnight Meat, The Blue Lagoon, Brenda Starr, Pretty Baby

🏆⚾Kenny Lofton -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1967
MLB Outfielder
Misc: 4x Gold Glove, 6x All-Star

🏆🏀Duane Causwell -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1968
NBA Center

🏆🏒Jeff Odgers -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1969
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏈Lenny McGill -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1971
NFL Player

🎭🏆Sarah O'Hare -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1972
Actress, Model, Australian, English

🏆🏈Tyrone Williams -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1973
NFL Wide Receiver, American, Canadian

🏆⚾Marty Janzen -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1973
MLB Pitcher

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🏆🏈Steve Martin -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1974
NFL Player
Misc: not the Wild and Crazy Guy

🏆🏒Jim Carey -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1974
NHL Player, American
Misc: not to be confused with comic actor Jim Carrey

🏆⚾Mac Suzuki -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1975
MLB Pitcher, Japanese

🏆⚾Dave Flemming -- is 45 in the year 2021 and 46 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1976 N.S.
Sportscaster, Baseball Announcer
Names/Places: RN: David Braxton Flemming; not to be confused with pitcher Dave Fleming (with one "m")
Misc: Monday Night Baseball (ESPN), NBA Basketball (ESPN Radio), college football and basketball
Sports Teams: San Francisco Giants (broadcaster)

🏆🏁🏊Domenico Fioravanti -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1977 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Italian

🏆⚾Jake Peavy -- is 40 in the year 2021 and 41 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1981
MLB Pitcher
Misc: NL Cy Young Award winner in 2007, Gold Glove, 2x NL strikeout leader, 3x All-Star; active as of 2015
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants

🏆⚽Alan Navarro -- is 40 in the year 2021 and 41 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1981 N.S.
Soccer Midfielder, English

🏆🏀Nate Robinson -- is 37 in the year 2021 and 38 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1984 N.S.
NBA Guard

🏆🏈Jordy Nelson -- is 36 in the year 2021 and 37 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1985 N.S.
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆⚽Marco Reus -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1989 N.S.
Soccer Player, German

🏆⚽Sean Johnson -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1989 N.S.
Soccer Player, American

🏆🏒Erik Karlsson -- is 31 in the year 2021 and 32 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1990 N.S.
NHL Defensive, Swedish

🏆🏈Bryce Petty -- is 30 in the year 2021 and 31 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1991 N.S.
NFL Quarterback

🏆⚾Shane Bieber -- is 26 in the year 2021 and 27 in the year 2022; b.5/31/1995 N.S.
MLB Pitcher
Misc: All-Star MVP for 2019, AL Cy Young Award 2020

🏆🏌Willie Anderson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1880 d.10/25/1910 (30)
Hall of Famer, Golfer, Scottish
Misc: some say b.1878

📰🏆🏌Herb Graffis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1893 d.2/13/1989 (95)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, Golf Figure
Misc: Golfing magazine founder; golf writer and founder of the U.S. National Golf Foundation.

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🏆🏀John D. Russell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1902 d.11/15/1973 (71)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, Basketball Player
Misc: ABL championship as a player-coach (Cleveland Rosenblums, 1926); Eastern League championship (Trenton Moose, 1933); ABL championship (New York Jewels, 1939); played in the Interstate, New York State, Pennsylvania State, Metropolitan, and American Basketball Leagues.
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (first coach 1946-1948), Seton Hall University (coach)

🏆🏒Cecil Ralph "Tiny" Thompson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1903 d.2/9/1981 (77)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1928-1941
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings

🏆🏒Art Coulter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1909 d.10/14/2000 (91)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Misc: played 1932-1942
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers

⚖🏆🏈Edward Bennett Williams -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1920 d.8/13/1988 (68)
Attorney/Lawyer, NFL Owner
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins/Baltimore Orioles (owner)

🏆🏀Harold "Happy" Hairston -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/31/1942 N.S. d.5/1/2001 N.S. (58)
NBA Player

🏆🥊Johnny Kilbane -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/9/1889 d.5/31/1957 (68)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: aka: John Kilbane
Misc: a featherweight boxer in the early part of the 20th century

🏆🥊Manuel Ortiz -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1916 d.5/31/1970 (53)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Misc: one of the best boxers of the 1940s

🏆🏒Terry Sawchuk -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1929 d.5/31/1970 (40)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian, Ukrainian
Misc: 103 career shutouts; played 1949-1970
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers

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⛪🏆🥊Jack Dempsey -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/24/1895 d.5/31/1983 (87)
Hall of Famer, Mormon, Boxer, Irish
Names/Places: b. in Manassa, CO; NN:The Manassa Mauler; FN:William H.; d. in New York
Misc: was the longest-lived heavyweight champ; a successful N.Y. restauranteur; heavyweight boxing champ (1919-26), Dempsey was known for his savage attacking style of boxing and lost only 5 bouts in 69 fights. He fought his first bout in 1914 and won the heavyweight title 5 years later.

🏆🏈Dunstan Anderson -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/31/1970 d.5/31/2004 N.S. (33)
NFL Defensive End

🏆🥊Janice-Lee York Romary -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/6/1927 d.5/31/2007 (79)
Fencer, Olympic Athlete
Misc: competed in all six Olympic Games from 1948 to 1968; holder of 10 U.S. championships.

🏆🏈Andy Robustelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1925 N.S. d.5/31/2011 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1951-1955), New York Giants (1956-1964)

🏆🎾Pauline Betz Addie -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/6/1919 d.5/31/2011 (91)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: Wimbledon champ 1946

🏆🏀Orlando Woolridge -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/16/1959 d.5/31/2012 (52)
NBA Forward

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