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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for December 17

Last Updated 02-27-2021

🏆⚾Roland Sheldon -- is 85 in the year 2021 and 86 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1936
MLB Pitcher
Sports Teams: New York Yankees

🏆⚾Leo Cárdenas -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1938
MLB Player, Cuban
Misc: 5x All-Star, Gold Glove; Reds Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Reds

🏆🏈Russ Washington -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1946
NFL Tackle

🏆🏈Joe Rizzo -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1950
NFL Linebacker
Misc: Super Bowl XII
Sports Teams: Denver Broncos

🏆⛸Colleen O'Connor -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1951
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater, Ice Dancer

🏆🏁🏃Tatyana Kazankina -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1951
Runner, Olympic Athlete, Russian
Misc: middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)

🏆🏀Brad Davis -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1955
NBA Player

🏆⚾Bob Ojeda -- is 64 in the year 2021 and 65 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1957
MLB Pitcher
Sports Teams: New York Mets

🏆🏌Tammie Green -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1959
Golfer

🏆🏀Albert King -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1959
NBA Player

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🏆⚾Marvell Wynne -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1959
MLB Player

🎭🏆Venice Kong -- is 60 in the year 2021 and 61 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1961
Actress, Model, Playmate, Jamaican
Misc: September 1985

🏆🏀Brad Sellers -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1962
NBA Forward

🏆🏌⚾Rocco Mediate -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1962
Golfer, MLB Player

🏆🏈Tyrone Braxton -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1964
NFL Safety

🏆🏀Joe Wolf -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1964
NBA Player

🏆🏒Frank Musil -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1964
NHL Player, Czechoslovakian

🏆🏌Scott Gump -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1965
Golfer

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🏆🏀Jeff Grayer -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1965
NBA Forward, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-bronze-1988

🏆⚾Jeff Cook -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1965
MLB Player

🏆🏒Craig Berube -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1965
NHL Coach, NHL Player, Canadian

🏆⚾Steve Parris -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1967
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏒Vincent Damphousse -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1967
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆⚾Curtis Pride -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1968
MLB Player, College Baseball Coach

🏆🏈Marty Carter -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1969
NFL Safety

🏆🥊Chuck Liddell -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1969 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Mixed Martial Arts
Names/Places: NN: The Iceman
Misc: in the UFC Hall of Fame

🏆🏈Earl Dotson -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1970
NFL Player, Football Offensive Tackle

🏆🏈Carl Reeves -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1971
NFL Defensive End

🏆🏈Tony Richardson -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1971
NFL Fullback, German

🏆🏀Nikki McCray -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1971 N.S.
Basketball Figure
Misc: 1996 Women's Dream Team

🎭🏆John Abraham -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1972 N.S.
Actor, Model, India

🏆🏈Brian (Football) Williams -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1972
NFL Linebacker

🏆🏈Don Davis -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1972
NFL Coach, NFL Linebacker

🏆🏈Reinard Wilson -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1973
NFL Linebacker

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🎭🎵🏆Milla Jovovich -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1975
Actress, Composer, Singer, Model, Russian
Names/Places: PRON:MEE-LA JO-VO-VICK
Movie Titles: The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Return of the Blue Lagoon, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, A Perfect Getaway

🏆Heather Spytek -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1977
Model, Playmate
Misc: June 2001

⚖🎭🏆🥊Manny Pacquiao -- is 43 in the year 2021 and 44 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1978
Politician, Entertainment Figure, Boxer, Phillipean
Names/Places: NN:Pac-Man

🏆⚾Chase Utley -- is 43 in the year 2021 and 44 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1978 N.S.
MLB Second Baseman

🎭🏆Jaimee Foxworth -- is 42 in the year 2021 and 43 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1979
Actress, Producer, Model
TV Shows: Amen, Family Matters (as Judy Winslow)

🏆⚽Billy Wingrove -- is 39 in the year 2021 and 40 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1982 N.S.
Soccer Player, English

🏆⚽John Rooney -- is 31 in the year 2021 and 32 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1990
Soccer Player, English

🏆🏀Buddy Hield -- is 28 in the year 2021 and 29 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1993 N.S.
NBA Guard, College Basketball Player, Bahamas

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🏆⚽Martin Odegaard -- is 23 in the year 2021 and 24 in the year 2022; b.12/17/1998 N.S.
Soccer Player, Norweigan

🏆⚾🏈🏀Justin McCarthy "Sam" Barry -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1892 N.S. d.9/23/1950 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Knox College (football 1918-1921, basketball 1918-1922, baseball 1923-1924), Iowa (football 1922-1928, basketball 1922-1929, baseball 1923-1924), USC (football 1929-1941, 1945-1950, basketball 1929-1941, 1945-1950, baseball 1930-1942, 1946-1950)

🏆🎾Gerald Patterson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1895 d.6/13/1967 (71)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

🏆🥊Jimmy McLarnin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1905 d.10/28/2004 (98)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Canadian, Irish
Misc: a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame

🏆⚽Ray Wilson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1934 N.S. d.5/15/2018 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, English
Misc: MBE; left back

🏆⚾Cal Ripken Sr. -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1935 d.3/25/1999 (63)
MLB Manager, MLB Player

🏆🏁🏃Sir Peter Snell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1938 N.S. d.12/12/2019 N.S. (80)
Runner, Olympic Athlete, Track and Field, New Zealand
Misc: won the gold medal in 800m at 1960 Olympics, then won both the 800m and 1,500m at 1964 Games.

🏆⚽Ference Bene -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1944 d.2/27/2006 (61)
Soccer Player, Hungarian
Misc: record 12 soccer goals (Olympic-gold-1964)

🏆Nancy Harwood -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/17/1948 N.S. d.5/??/2014 N.S. (65)
Playmate
Misc: February 1968

🏆🏒Frederick McLaughlin -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/27/1877 d.12/17/1944 (67)
Hall of Famer, NHL Owner
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks (founder of a multi-time Stanley Cup winner)

🏆⚾Frank S. "Ping" Bodie -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/8/1887 N.S. d.12/17/1961 N.S. (74)
MLB Player

🏆🏌Richard S. Tufts -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/16/1896 N.S. d.12/17/1980 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: USGA prez

🏆🏀Hank Luisetti -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/16/1916 d.12/17/2002 (86)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player
Names/Places: RN:Angelo-Giuseppi Luisetti
Misc: revolutionized the game with the first use of a one-handed shot. 3 Pacific Coast Conference championships (Stanford, 1936-38); National championship (Stanford, 1937); Helm's Foundation Player of the Year (1937-38); 2-time All-America (1937-38)
Sports Teams: Stanford University (1935-1938)

🏆🏈Otto Everett Graham -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1921 d.12/17/2003 (82)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Quarterback, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Misc: Football QB and basketball All-America at Northwestern; in pro ball, led Cleveland Browns to 7 league titles in 10 years, winning 4 AAFC championships (1946-50) and 3 NFL (1950,54-55); 5-time All-Pro; 2-time NFL MVP (1953,55).
Sports Teams: Cleveland Browns (player 1946-1955), NCAA Coast Guard (coach 1959-1965), Washington Redskins (coach 1966-1968), NCAA Coast Guard (coach 1974-1975)

🏆⚾Larry Sherry -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/25/1935 d.12/17/2006 (71)
MLB Pitcher
Misc: World Series MVP 1959
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers

🏆Don Chevrier -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/29/1937 d.12/17/2007 (69)
Sports Announcer
Sports Teams: Toronto Blue Jays (voice)

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🏆🏈"Slingin'" Sammy Baugh -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/17/1914 d.12/17/2008 (94)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Quarterback
Misc: held numerous records after 16 pro seasons; QB-DB-P; led Washington to NFL titles in 1937 (his rookie year) and '42; led league in passing 6 times, punting 4 times and interceptions once; record 85 yard punt
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins (player 1937-1952), Hardin-Simmons (coach 1955-1959), New York Titans (coach 1960-1961), Houston Oilers (coach 1964)

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

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

🏆⚾Walt Dropo -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/30/1923 d.12/17/2010 (87)
Hall of Famer, MLB First Baseman
Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox (1949-1952), Detroit Tigers (1952-1954), Chicago White Sox (1955-1958), Cincinnati Redlegs (1958-1959), Baltimore Orioles (1959-1961)

🏆⚾Phil Cavarretta -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/19/1916 d.12/17/2010 (94)
MLB Player
Misc: NL MVP 1945
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs

🏆⚾Frank Pastore -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/21/1957 d.12/17/2012 (55)
MLB Player

🏆🏁Bob Glidden -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/18/1944 d.12/17/2017 N.S. (73)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer, Drag Racer
Misc: NHRA pro stock car drag racing champion

🏆Karin Balzer -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/5/1938 N.S. d.12/17/2019 N.S. (81)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field, German
Names/Places: aka Karin Richert
Misc: hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

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🏆🏈John Hayden Fry -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/28/1929 N.S. d.12/17/2019 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Sports Teams: Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University, University of Iowa (all as coach)

🏆🏒Bronco Horvath -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/12/1930 N.S. d.12/17/2019 N.S. (89)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: active from 1949-1970

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