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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for December 22

Last Updated 02-27-2021

✍🎭🎵🏆Red Steagall -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1938
Poet, Actor, Songwriter, Singer, Country Performer, Rodeo Cowboy

🏆⚾Steven Norman "Steve" Carlton -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1944
Hall of Famer, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Lefty; b. in Miami, FL; MN:Norman Carlton
Misc: LHP; won 20 or more games 6 times; 4-time NL Cy Young winner in 1972, 1977, 1980, and 1982 with Philadelphia, 10x All-Star, 2x World Series champion, 4x NL wins leader, 5x NL strikeout leader, Gold Glove; 329 career wins; Phillies #32 retired
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1971), Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1986), San Francisco Giants (1986), Chicago White Sox (1986), Cleveland Indians (1987), Minnesota Twins (1987-1988)

🎭🏆⚾Steve Garvey -- is 73 in the year 2021 and 74 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1948
TV Talk Show Host, Panelist, MLB First Baseman
Names/Places: b. in Tampa, Florida; Cyndy's ex-husband
Misc: NL MVP and All Star MVP 1974, All Star MVP 1978, NL LCS MVP 1978 and 1984, 10x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove; Padres #6 retired
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers (1969-1982), San Diego Padres (1983-1987)
TV Shows: The Gong Show (occasional panelist)

🏆🏈Ray Guy -- is 72 in the year 2021 and 73 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1949
Hall of Famer, NFL Punter
Misc: star punter for Southern Mississippi [1970-72], Oakland Raiders: Super Bowl XI, XV, XVII
Sports Teams: Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-1986)

🏆🏒Bob Fitchner -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1950
NHL Player, English
Misc: WHA Figure

🏆🏌Jan Stephenson -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1951 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Golfer, Australian
Misc: golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974)

🎭🏆Marcy Hanson -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1952
Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: October 1978

🏆🏈Charles Phillips -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1952
NFL Player
Misc: Super Bowl XI
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders

🏆🏒Ian Turnbill -- is 68 in the year 2021 and 69 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1953
NHL Defensive, Canadian

🏆⚾Ken Landreaux -- is 67 in the year 2021 and 68 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1954
MLB Center Fielder

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🏆🏒Ron Greschner -- is 67 in the year 2021 and 68 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1954
NHL Defensive, Canadian

🏆⚾Lonnie Smith -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1955
MLB Left Fielder

🏆⚾Glenn Wilson -- is 63 in the year 2021 and 64 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1958
MLB Right Fielder

🏆⚾Andy Allanson -- is 60 in the year 2021 and 61 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1961
MLB Catcher

🏆🏒Angela James -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1964
Hall of Famer, Hockey Figure
Misc: played center; the first real superstar in women's hockey

🏆⚾Mike Jackson -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1964
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏁Shelley Anderson -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1965
Auto Racer

🏆Dmitri Bilozerchev -- is 55 in the year 2021 and 56 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1966
Gymnast, Russian

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🏆🏈Mike Sullivan -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1967
NFL Player

🎭🏆Dina Meyer -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1968
Actress, Producer, Model
TV Shows: Scoundrels, Birds of Prey, Beverly Hills 90210 (as Professor Lucinda Nicholson in 1994)
Movie Titles: Johnny Mnemonic, DragonHeart, Starship Troopers, Saw (movie series)

🏆⚾David Nied -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1968
MLB Pitcher

🏆🎯Gary Anderson -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1970 N.S.
Dart Thrower, Scottish
Names/Places: NN:The Flying Scotsman

🏆🏈Mike Thompson -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1972
NFL Player

🎭🎵🏆Vanessa Paradis -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1972
Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Composer, Pop Singer, Model, French
Misc: Chanel model
Song Titles: Walk on the Wild Side, Joe le taxi
Movie Titles: The Girl on the Bride, Heartbreaker, A Monster in Paris, White Wedding

🏆🏒Kirk Maltby -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1972
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🏈Jamel Williams -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1973
NFL Safety

🏆🏈Stanley Pritchett -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1973
NFL Runningback

🏆🏒Stanislav Neckář -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1975
NHL Player, Czechoslovakian

🏆Zoltán Szécsi -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1977 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Hungarian

🏆🥊Drew Hankinson -- is 38 in the year 2021 and 39 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1983 N.S.
Wrestler, American
Names/Places: Stage Names: Luke Gallows and Festus

🏆🏉Leigh Halfpenny -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1988 N.S.
Rugby Player, Welsh (Wales)

🏆🏀Nick Johnson -- is 29 in the year 2021 and 30 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1992 N.S.
NBA Guard

🏆🏄Gabriel Medina -- is 28 in the year 2021 and 29 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1993 N.S.
Surfer, Brazilian

🏆🏀Chris Walker -- is 27 in the year 2021 and 28 in the year 2022; b.12/22/1994 N.S.
NBA Player

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🏆⚾Connie (Baseball) Mack -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1862 d.2/8/1956 (93)
Hall of Famer, MLB Owner, MLB Manager, MLB Player
Names/Places: MLB owner; NN:The Tall Tactician; RN:Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy; MLB Grand Old Man
Misc: he owned and managed the Philadelphia Athletics 1901-50; as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics he won 3776 games but lost 4025, both records. His A's won 9 League titles and 5 World Series. All in his 67 year career!
Sports Teams: Washington Nationals (player 1886-1889), Buffalo Bisons (player 1890), Pittsburgh Pirates (player 1891-1896, manager 1894-1896), Philadelphia Athletics (manager 1901-1950)

🏆🏌Charles Boswell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1916 d.10/22/1995 (78)
Golfer
Misc: lost his sight in World War II and went on to win a string of championships for blind golfers

🏆🏈Dan Devine -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1924 d.5/9/2002 (77)
NFL Coach, College Football Coach
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers, Notre Dame

⚖🏆🏈Arthur Fletcher -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1924 d.7/12/2005 (80)
Government Official, NFL Player
Misc: Deptartment of Labor assistant secretary, the highest ranking black in the Nixon administration

🏆⚾Billy Bruton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1925 d.12/5/1995 (69)
MLB Player

🏆🏁William Tyler "Bill" Jenkins -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1930 d.3/29/2012 (81)
Hall of Famer, Drag Racer
Names/Places: NN:Grumpy or The Grump
Misc: engine builder and drag racer

🏆🏁David Pearson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1934 N.S. d.11/12/2018 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: 3x NASCAR champ, 1x Daytona

🏆🏀Tom Hawkins -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1936 d.8/16/2017 N.S. (80)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Sports Teams: University of Notre Dame, Los Angeles Lakers

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🏆⚾Matty Alou -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1938 d.11/3/2011 (72)
MLB Outfielder

🏆⚾Elrod Hendricks -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1940 d.12/21/2005 (64)
MLB Coach, MLB Catcher

🏆🏁🏇Randy Romero -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1947 N.S. d.8/29/2019 N.S. (71)
Hall of Famer, Jockey

🏆⚾John Hoover -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/22/1962 d.7/8/2014 (51)
MLB Pitcher

🏆🥊John Joseph "Jake" Kilrain -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/9/1859 d.12/22/1937 (78)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏈Robert Zuppke -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1879 d.12/22/1957 (78)
College Football Coach
Misc: credited with introducing (in the early 1920s) the offensive huddle, enabling the team with the ball to plan each play immediately before executing it.

🏆⚾🏀Benny Bengough -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/27/1898 d.12/22/1968 (70)
MLB Player, NBA Player

🏆🏌Henry Cotton -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/26/1907 d.12/22/1987 (80)
Hall of Famer, Golfer, English
Misc: British Open 1934, 1937, 1948

🏆⚾Fred Green -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/14/1933 d.12/22/1996 (63)
MLB Pitcher
Misc: of the 1960 World Series Champ Pittsburgh Pirates
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates

🏆⚾José Oliva -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/3/1971 d.12/22/1997 N.S. (26)
MLB Player, Dominican Republican

🏆🏈Coy Bacon -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/30/1942 d.12/22/2008 (66)
NFL Player
Names/Places: RN:Lander McCoy

🏆🏈Harold Jay "Hal" Bedsole -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/21/1941 N.S. d.12/22/2017 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, NFL Tight End, College Football Player
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Southern California, Minnesota Vikings

🏆🏈Pervis Atkins -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/24/1935 N.S. d.12/22/2017 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, NFL Runningback, NFL Tight End, College Football Player
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Santa Ana College, New Mexico State, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

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