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Mon Aug 5, 2013, 11:15 PM

August 5 was a big day for sports births (a long list)...

I saw a man on the bus today with a brand-new baseball cap on his head. The back of the cap read: "8/5/1980"

That got me searching for some significance to the date. (I was going to ask him about the date as I exited the bus, but he moved all the way to the back to make room for an elderly woman. Since the cap was brand new, and since my search didn't uncover anything significant about that date, I assume the cap was a birthday gift. He looked like he could be 33, which would be consistent with that birth date.)

In my search, I discovered that an unusual number of athletes was born on August 5...

1866 – Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
1879 – Wladimir Aοtoff, French rugby player (d. 1963)
1910 – Herminio Masantonio, Argentine footballer (d. 1956)
1918 – Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
1929 – Ottσ Boros, Hungarian water polo player (d. 1988)
1937 – Herb Brooks, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)v
1939 – Roger Clark, British rally driver (d. 1998)
1940 – Roman Gabriel, American football player
1943 – Nelson Briles, American baseball player (d. 2005)
1945 – Csaba Giczy, Hungarian canoe racer
1946 – Bruce Coslet, American football player and coach
1947 – Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
1948 – Ray Clemence, English footballer
1950 – Goldie Rogers, Canadian wrestler (d. 2012)
1953 – Rick Mahler, American baseball player (d. 2005)
1961 – Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer
1962 – Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American basketball player
1962 – Richard de Groen, New Zealand cricketer
1962 – Otis Thorpe, American basketball player

Beginning in 1968, the list starts to get pretty crowded...

1968 – Kendo Kashin, Japanese wrestler
1968 – Oleh Luzhnyi, Ukrainian footballer
1968 – Colin McRae, British rally driver (d. 2007)
1968 – John Olerud, American baseball player
1969 – Vasbert Drakes, Barbadian cricketer
1969 – Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer
1969 – Robert Scott, Australian rower
1972 – Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese wrestler
1972 – Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer
1972 – Theodore Whitmore, Jamaican footballer
1973 – Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
1973 – Justin Marshall, New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster
1974 – Alvin Ceccoli, Australian footballer
1974 – Olle Kullinger, Swedish footballer
1974 – Julio Cιsar Enciso, Paraugayan footballer
1974 – Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
1976 – Jeff Friesen, Canadian ice hockey player
1976 – Marian Pahars, Latvian footballer
1976 – Eugen Trică, Romanian footballer
1977 – Eric Hinske, American baseball player
1977 – Soraya Jimιnez, Mexican weightlifter (d. 2013)
1977 – Mark Mulder, American baseball player
1977 – Michael Walsh, English footballer
1978 – Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
1978 – Cosmin Bărcăuan, Romanian footballer
1979 – David Healy, Irish footballer
1980 – Wayne Bridge, English footballer
1980 – Salvador Cabaρas, Paraguayan footballer
1980 – Jason Culina, Australian footballer
1980 – Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer
1981 – David Clarke, English ice hockey player
1981 – Carl Crawford, American baseball player
1981 – Maik Franz, German footballer
1981 – Erik Guay, Canadian skier
1981 – Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
1982 – Jamie Houston, English-German rugby player
1982 – Lolo Jones, American hurdler
1982 – Michele Pazienza, Italian footballer
1983 – Korey Hall, American football player
1985 – Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
1985 – Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
1985 – Erkan Zengin, Swedish footballer
1985 – Gil Vermouth, Israeli footballer
1986 – Paula Creamer, American golfer
1988 – Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
1988 – Michael Jamieson, Scottish/British swimmer
1989 – Ryan Bertrand, English footballer
1989 – Mathieu Manset, French footballer
1991 – Esteban Gutierrez, Mexican Formula 1 Racing Driver
1991 – Andreas Weimann, Austrian footballer
1993 – Patrick McBrearty, Irish Gaelic footballer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_5#Births

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Response to Shampoobra (Original post)

Tue Aug 6, 2013, 01:45 PM

1. A few people to add to my birthday list

 

which also includes Neil Armstrong, Loni Anderson, and, I just discovered, Ja'Net Dubois.

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Response to Shampoobra (Original post)

Tue Aug 6, 2013, 05:53 PM

2. Wow, your effort is appreciated.

That must have taken you a long time to type.

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Response to Boomerproud (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 6, 2013, 07:31 PM

3. Just some copying and pasting from the Wikipedia page

Thanks, but it wasn't much effort, other than weeding out the non-athletes from the list

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Response to Shampoobra (Original post)

Tue Aug 6, 2013, 07:34 PM

4. What team/colors were on the hat?

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 6, 2013, 07:49 PM

5. I only saw the back of it, but...

...it was black with stark white lettering (the "8/5/1980" message).

Edited to add:

I mentioned up-thread that he looked like he could be 33, which would be consistent with the inscribed date being his birth date. So I did see his face and a glimpse of the front of the cap, and I remember the cap's visor having a gold emblem of some kind. This is the Seattle area, and I don't know of any local teams with black and gold colors.

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