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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age May 17

Last Updated 12-05-2019

🏆🏁🏊John Griffith Davies -- is 90 in the year 2019 and 91 in the year 2020; b.5/17/1929 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

🎵Taj Mahal -- is 77 in the year 2019 and 78 in the year 2020; b.5/17/1942
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Singer, Multi-instrumentalist
Misc: Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Calypso, African, & Bahamian styles

🏆🎾Tony Roche -- is 74 in the year 2019 and 75 in the year 2020; b.5/17/1945
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Tennis Coach, Australian

🎵🎸Bill Bruford -- is 70 in the year 2019 and 71 in the year 2020; b.5/17/1949
Hall of Famer, Record Company Owner, Music Producer, Composer, Percussionist, Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Group Names: Yes, King Crimson, Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe

🏆🥊Sugar Ray Leonard -- is 63 in the year 2019 and 64 in the year 2020; b.5/17/1956
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Wilmington, NC; RFMN:Ray Charles
Misc: light welterweight Olympic champ (1976), World Boxing Council world welterweight title 1979 and four more titles; retired after losing to Terry Norris on Feb. 9, 1991, with record of 36-2-1 and 25 KOs.

🏆George Sheldon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1874 N.S. d.11/25/1907 N.S. (33)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🥊Sam McVey -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1884 d.12/23/1921 (37)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆⚾James "Cool Papa" Bell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1903 N.S. d.3/7/1991 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, MLB Outfielder
Misc: top Negro League player

🏆⚾🏈"Ace" Parker -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1912 d.11/6/2013 (101)
Hall of Famer, MLB Player, College Baseball Coach, NFL Quarterback
Misc: in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL 1937-1941), Boston Yanks (NFL 1945), New York Yankees (AAFC 1946), Philadelphia Athletics (MLB 1936-1937)

📰🎭🎵Grant Turner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1912 d.10/19/1991 (79)
Hall of Famer, Commentator, Announcer, Radio Disc Jock
Misc: Grand Ole Opry announcer for half-a-century

🏆🥊Billy Red Lyons -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1932 N.S. d.6/22/2009 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Canadian
Names/Places: RN: William Snip

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🎵Pervis Jackson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/17/1938 N.S. d.8/18/2008 N.S. (70)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Spinners

🏆🏈Steve Owen -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/21/1898 d.5/17/1964 (66)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Player, College Football Player
Sports Teams: Kansas City Blues (player 1924), Hartford Blues (player 1925), Cleveland Bulldogs (player 1925), Kansas City Cowboys (player 1925), New York Giants (player 1926-1931), New York Giants (player 1933), New York Giants (coach 1930-1953), Philadelphia Eagles (coach 1956-1957), Toronto Argonauts (coach 1959), Calgary Stampeders (coach 1960), Saskatchewan Roughriders (coach 1961-1962), Syracuse Stormers (coach 1963)

🏆Ernst Magnus Brandsten -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/13/1883 N.S. d.5/17/1965 N.S. (81)
Hall of Famer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, Swedish

🏆🥊Randolph "Randy" Turpin -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/7/1928 N.S. d.5/17/1966 N.S. (37)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English

🎵John Wesley Work III -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/15/1901 d.5/17/1967 (65)
Hall of Famer, Educator, Composer, Musicologist
Misc: scholar of African-American folklore and music.

🏆🏒Hector "Toe" Blake -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/21/1912 N.S. d.5/17/1995 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1934-1948; his eight Stanley Cup championships in 13 seasons as coach of the Montreal Canadiens is a National Hockey League record; led Montreal to 2 Stanley Cups as a player and 8 more as coach; regular season MVP in 1939.
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons

🎵Johnny "Guitar" Watson -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1935 N.S. d.5/17/1996 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: influenced musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa

🏆🏒Donald "Don" Clark -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/25/1915 N.S. d.5/17/1999 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Executive

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⛪🏆⚾Harmon Killebrew -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/29/1936 d.5/17/2011 (74)
Hall of Famer, Mormon, MLB First Baseman
Names/Places: MN:Clayton
Misc: 13x All-Star, AL MVP 1969; slugger who led AL in HRs 6 times and RBI 3 times; 573 career HRs; Twins #3 retired
Sports Teams: Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins (1954-1974), Kansas City Royals (1975)

🎨⛪🎭🎵Donna Summer -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/31/1948 d.5/17/2012 (63)
Hall of Famer, Artist, Baptist, Movie Actress, Songwriter, Disco Singer
Names/Places: Bruce Sudano's wife, b. in Boston; RN:LaDonna Andrea Gaines; NN:The Queen of Disco
Misc: novelty song about her: Donna Summer On The Radio
Song Titles: Last Dance, Hot Stuff, Love To Love You Baby, Heaven Knows, I Feel Love, Bad Girls, MacArthur Park, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough with Barbra Streisand), On The Radio, Sunset People, The Wanderer, Dim All The Lights, She Works Hard for the Money, Love is in Control, Dinner With Gershwin, This Time I Know It's For Real
Album Titles: Live and More, Love to Love You Baby, I Remember Yesterday, Bad Girls, The Wanderer, She Works Hard for the Money
Movie Titles: Thank God It's Friday

🏆🏌Ken Venturi -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/15/1931 d.5/17/2013 (82)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: worked at CBS Sports as a golf analyst for 35 years until he retired in 2002.

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