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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for December 29

Last Updated 02-27-2021

🏆Pat Lawler -- is 92 in the year 2021 and 93 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1929 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: August 1955

🏆Fred Hansen -- is 81 in the year 2021 and 82 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1940
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field
Misc: pole vault

🏆🏈Charlie Gogolak -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1944
NFL Placekicker, College Football Player, Hungarian

🏆🎳Rich Wonders -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1946
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🏆🏁🏇Laffit Pincay Jr. -- is 75 in the year 2021 and 76 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1946
Hall of Famer, Jockey, Panamaian
Names/Places: b. in Panama City
Misc: 5-time Eclipse Award winner (1971,73-74,79,85); winner of 3 Belmonts and 1 Kentucky Derby (aboard Swale in 1984)

🏆Deanna Baker -- is 72 in the year 2021 and 73 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1949
Model, Playmate
Misc: May 1972

🏆🏀Randy Pfund -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1951
NBA Coach

🏆Kate Schmidt -- is 68 in the year 2021 and 69 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1953
Javelin Thrower, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-bronze-1972

🏆Thomas Bach -- is 68 in the year 2021 and 69 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1953 N.S.
Sports Figure
Misc: The president of the International Olympic Committee

🏆🏈Mervyn Fernandez -- is 62 in the year 2021 and 63 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1959
NFL Wide Receiver, CFL Figure, American
Names/Places: NN: Swervin' Mervyn
Sports Teams: B.C. Lions, Los Angeles Raiders

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🏆⚾Devon White -- is 59 in the year 2021 and 60 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1962
MLB Outfielder, Jamaican
Misc: 7x Gold Glove

🏆🏈Sean Payton -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1963 N.S.
NFL Coach, College Football Player, CFL Figure, Football Quarterback
Sports Teams: New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl XLIV win as coach)

🏆⚾Craig Grebeck -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1964
MLB Infielder

🏆⚾Rod Nichols -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1964
MLB Coach, MLB Pitcher

🏆🏈Henry Jones -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1967
NFL Safety
Misc: 3x AFC champ

🏆🏈Tony Tolbert -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1967
NFL Defensive End
Misc: 3x Super Bowl champ
Sports Teams: Dallas Cowboys

🏆🏈Darren Perry -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1968
NFL Coach, NFL Safety

🏆⚾James Mouton -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1968
MLB Outfielder

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🏆Matthew Berry -- is 52 in the year 2021 and 53 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1969 N.S.
Sports Journalist

🏆🏈Jay Fiedler -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1971
NFL Quarterback

🏆🏈Mark Montreuil -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1971
NFL Defensive, Canadian

🏆🏒Chris Marinucci -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1971
NHL Player, American

🏆🏈Malcolm Seabron -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1972
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏈Randy Neal -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1972
NFL Linebacker

🏆⚾Tomás Pérez -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1973
MLB Infielder, Venezuelan

🏆🏈James Darling -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1974
NFL Linebacker

🏆🏈Tom Knight -- is 47 in the year 2021 and 48 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1974
NFL Defensive

🎭🏆Kalin Olson -- is 46 in the year 2021 and 47 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1975
Actress, Model, Playmate
Misc: August 1997

🏆⚽Kieron Dyer -- is 43 in the year 2021 and 44 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1978 N.S.
Soccer Player, English

🏆🏈Eric Berry -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1988 N.S.
NFL Safety

🏆⚽Christen Press -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1988 N.S.
Soccer Player

🏆🎾Kei Nishikori -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1989 N.S.
Tennis Player, Japanese

🎭🏆Paris Berelc -- is 23 in the year 2021 and 24 in the year 2022; b.12/29/1998 N.S.
Actress, Gymnast, American
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🏆🥊Jess Willard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1881 d.12/15/1968 (86)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Misc: Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19)

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🏆🏒Gordon Allan "Phat" Wilson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1895 d.7/26/1970 (74)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, NHL Forward, Canadian
Misc: played 1917-1932
Sports Teams: Port Arthur Bearcats

🏆🏒Nels Stewart -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1902 d.8/21/1957 (54)
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Canadian
Names/Places: RN:Robert Nelson Stewart; NN:Old Poison
Misc: played 1925-1940, the first pro to score 300 goals
Sports Teams: Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, New York Americans

📰💰🏆Jim Murray -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1919 d.8/16/1998 (78)
Hall of Famer, Journalist, Businessperson, Sports Writer
Misc: Sports Illustrated founder; sports columnist for LA Times since 1961; 14-time Sportswriter of the Year; won Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1990.

🎨🏆🏌Pete Dye -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1925 N.S. d.1/9/2020 N.S. (94)
Hall of Famer, Architect, Golf Figure
Misc: noted golf course architect

🏆Andy Stanfield -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1927 d.6/15/1985 (57)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field

🏆🏈Ray Nitschke -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1936 d.3/8/1998 (61)
Hall of Famer, NFL Linebacker
Misc: his fierce play epitomized the champion Green Bay Packers of the Vince Lombardi era; 3x First Team All-Pro, 4x Second Team All-Pro, 5x NFL Champion, 2x Super Bowl Champion; Packers #66 retired and in the team's Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers (1958-1972)

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

💰🏆Wayne Huizenga -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1937 N.S. d.3/22/2018 N.S. (80)
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Sports Owner
Misc: Baseball, hockey and football owner; chairman of Blockbuster Entertainment, the video/music store powerhouse; paid $95 million for 1993 expansion Florida Marlins of NL; $50 million for 1993-94 expansion Florida Panthers of NHL; and $138 million for remaining 85% of NFL Miami Dolphins in 1994; also owns Joe Robbie Stadium.

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🏆Phillip George "Phil" Boggs -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/29/1949 N.S. d.7/4/1990 N.S. (40)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🎾Lawrence Doherty -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/14/1872 d.12/29/1910 (38)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, English

🏆🏀Harry Fisher -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/6/1882 d.12/29/1967 (85)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Fordham (coach 1904-05), Army (coach 1906-1907, 1921-1923, 1924-1925), Columbia (player 1902-1905, coach 1906-1916), St. John's (1909-1910)

🏆Ivo Van Damme -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/21/1954 d.12/29/1976 N.S. (22)
Olympic Athlete, Belgiumese
Misc: 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)

🏆🏒Roy Gordon Conacher -- Death 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

🏆🏀Larry McNeill -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/31/1951 d.12/29/2004 N.S. (53)
NBA Player

🏆⚾Steve Boros -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/3/1936 d.12/29/2010 (74)
MLB Player

🏆🏀Connie Dierking -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/2/1936 d.12/29/2013 (77)
NBA Player

💰🏆🏁Andy Granatelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/18/1923 d.12/29/2013 (90)
Hall of Famer, Businessperson, Sports Figure, Auto Racer
Misc: auto race sponsor; Indianapolis 500; CEO of STP

🏆🏁🎿Eero Mantyranta -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/20/1937 d.12/29/2013 (76)
Skier, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic Gold 1960

🏆Elzbieta Kržesińska -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/11/1934 d.12/29/2015 N.S. (81)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field, Polish
Misc: Olympic Gold 1956

🏆⚾Frank Malzone -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/28/1930 d.12/29/2015 N.S. (85)
MLB Third Baseman
Misc: 3x Gold Glove; .274 avg
Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox, California Angels

🏆🏈Reuben LaVell Edwards -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/11/1930 d.12/29/2016 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Misc: 257 career victories
Sports Teams: Utah State (player 1949-1951), BYU (assistant coach 1962-1971, head coach 1972-2000)

🏆🏁John Paul Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/19/1960 N.S. d.12/29/2020 N.S. (60)
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