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Berry Oakley -- b.4/4/1948 d.11/11/1972 (24)
Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: The Allman Bros. Band

Adam Oates -- b.8/27/1962
NHL Coach, NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played from 1985-2004; career 1,079 assists
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Edmonton Oilers

John Oates -- b.4/7/1948
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: some say b. 1949
Group Names: Hall and Oates

Davey O'Brien -- b.6/22/1917 d.11/18/1977 (60)
NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1938)
Sports Teams: Texas Christian University, Philadelphia Eagles (1939-1940)

Jack O'Brien -- b.1/17/1878 d.11/12/1942 (64)
Boxer
Names/Places: NN:Philadelphia

John J. O'Brien -- b.11/4/1888 N.S. d.12/9/1967 N.S. (79)
Basketball Figure
Misc: Basketball referee and administrator, founded the Metropolitan Basketball League in 1925 which featured the Original Celtics; executive of the American Basketball League 1928-1953

Lawrence F. "Larry" O'Brien -- b.7/7/1917 d.9/27/1990 (73)
Politician, NBA Executive
Names/Places: RN:Lawrence Francis "Larry" O'Brien, Jr.
Misc: Democratic National Committee leader for two decades; NBA Commisioner 1975-1984

Shamus O'Brien -- b.11/29/1907 d.11/28/1981 (73)
Soccer Player, Scotish

Lorena Ochoa -- b.11/15/1981
Golfer, Mexican

Carroll O'Connor -- b.8/2/1924 d.6/21/2001 (76)
Roman Catholic, TV Actor, TV Producer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; 2x Nancy Fields' hubby
Misc: Some say b. in 1925; auditioned for the Skipper part on Gilligan's Island
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Archie Bunker), Archie Bunker's Place (as Archie Bunker), In the Heat of the Night (as Chief Bill Gillespie), Party Of Five (as Jacob Gordan)

Christy O'Connor Snr -- b.12/21/1924 d.5/14/2016 N.S. (91)
Golfer, Irish
Names/Places: b. in Galway

Colleen O'Connor -- b.12/17/1951
Figure Skater, Ice Dancer

Herbert William "Buddy" O'Connor -- b.6/21/1916 d.8/24/1977 (61)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: playing career 1941-1951
Sports Teams: Montreal Royals, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers

Patrick John "Pat" O'Connor -- b.8/22/1924 d.8/16/1990 (65)
Wrestler, New Zealand

Henry M. "Hank" O'Day -- b.7/8/1859 d.7/2/1935 (75)
MLB General Manager, MLB Pitcher, MLB Umpire
Names/Places: NN: The Reverend
Sports Teams: Toledo Blue Stockings (player 1884), Pittsburgh Alleghenys (player 1885), Washington Nationals (player 1886-1889), New York Giants (player 1889-1890), Cincinnati Reds (manager 1912) Chicago Cubs (manager 1914)

Kenny O'Dell -- b.5/31/1946
Songwriter, Gospel Performer, Country Singer

Chuck O'Donnell -- b.10/12/1913 d.3/28/2001 (87)
Bowler

Mike O'Dowd -- b.4/5/1895 d.7/28/1957 (62)
Boxer

Fred Offenhauser Jr. -- b.11/11/1888 d.8/17/1973 (84)
Auto Racer
Misc: an American automotive engineer and mechanic who designed the Offenhauser racing engine, nicknamed the "Offy", which dominated competition in the Indianapolis 500 race for decades.

Jonathan Ogden -- b.7/31/1974
NFL Tackle, College Football Player
Misc: 11x Pro Bowl, 5x First Team All-Pro; in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University California of Los Angeles, Baltimore Ravens (1996-2007)

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Masao Ohba -- b.10/21/1949 N.S. d.1/25/1973 N.S. (23)
Boxer, Japanese
Misc: he was the WBA flyweight champion at the time of his death

Ayako Okamoto -- b.4/2/1951
Golfer, Japanese

Eugene Arthur Okerlund -- b.11/29/1942 N.S. or 11/29/1938 N.S.
Wrestling Figure
Names/Places: aka Eugene Arthur "Mean Gene" Okerlund
Misc: Wrestling interviewer and announcer

Eugene Arthur "Mean Gene" Okerlund -- b.12/19/1942 N.S.
Announcer, Wrestler
Misc: Professional Wrestling Announcer and Interviewer

Gene Olaff -- b.9/23/1920 d.1/17/2017 N.S. (96)
Soccer Goal Keeper, American

Akeem Aboul Olajuwon -- b.1/21/1963
NBA Center, Nigerian
Names/Places: aka Hakeem; NN:The Dream
Misc: Nigerian native who was consensus All-Americain 1984 and Final Four MVP in 1983 for Houston; overall first pick by Houston Rockets in 1984 NBA Draft; led Rockets to 1994 NBA championship as regular season and playoff MVP; 5-time All-NBA 1st team (1987-89,93-94); career 21,342+ points and 11,410+ rebounds; 1996 Dream Team; 2x NBA Champion (1994, 1995); NBA MVP (1994); 12x NBA All-Star (1985-1990, 1992-1997); 2x NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995); 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993-1994); 6x All-NBA First Team Selection (1987-1989, 1993-1994, 1997); 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1986, 1990, 1996); 3x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1991, 1995, 1999); 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1987-1988, 1990, 1993-1994); 4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1985, 1991, 1996-1997); NBA All-Rookie Team (1985); 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Sports Teams: Houston Rockets (1984-2001), Toronto Raptors (2001-2002)

José Maria Olazábal -- b.2/5/1966
Golfer, Spanish
Misc: Pron:ola-tha-bal

Ed Olczyk -- b.8/16/1966
Sports Commentator, NHL Center, Hockey Coach, American
Names/Places: RN:Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk, Jr.
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins

Murray Olderman -- b.3/27/1922
Editorial Cartoonist, Sports Writer
Misc: specialized in cartoons related to sports.

Barney Oldfield -- b.1/29/1878 d.6/3/1946 (68)
Auto Racer
Misc: Barnstormer; land speed record

Andrew Oldham -- b.1/29/1944
Author, Music Producer, English
Names/Places: aka the 6th Stone
Group Names: Rolling Stones (manager 1963-67)

Spooner Oldham -- b.6/14/1943
Songwriter, Country-Rock Performer
Group Names: Drive-By Truckers, sessionist

Rubén Olivares -- b.1/14/1947
Boxer, Mexican

Arnold Oliver -- b.5/22/1907 d.10/16/1993 (86)
Soccer Player

Harry Oliver -- b.10/26/1898 d.6/16/1985 (86)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played 1918-1937
Sports Teams: Calgary Tigers, Boston Bruins, New York Americans

Len Oliver -- b.??/??/????
Soccer Player
Misc: not to be confused with an elder Len Oliver. This younger Len played in the mid 20th century.

Paul Oliver -- b.5/25/1927 d.8/15/2017 N.S. (90)
Writer, Historian, Musicologist, English
Misc: writer on the blues and other forms of African-American music.

Alex Olmedo -- b.3/24/1936
Tennis Player, Peruvian
Names/Places: b. in Arequipa, Peru

Bert Olmstead -- b.9/4/1926 d.11/16/2015 N.S. (89)
NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs

Harold Olsen -- b.5/12/1895 d.10/29/1953 (58)
NBA Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Wisconsin (player 1914-1917), Bradley (coach 1918-1919), Ripon (coach 1919-1922), Ohio State (coach 1922-1946), Chicago Stags (NBA coach 1946-1949), Northwestern (coach 1950-1952)

Merlin Jay Olsen -- b.9/15/1940 d.3/11/2010 (69)
Mormon, Actor, Sports Commentator, Football Announcer, NFL Defensive, NFL Tackle
Names/Places: b. in Logan, UT
Misc: Los Angeles Rams' Fearsome Foursome Defensive Tackle in 14 Pro Bowls, played 208 games
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1962-1976)
TV Shows: Little House on the Prarie (as Jonathan Garvey), Father Murphy (as John Michael Murphy)

Carl "Bobo" Olson -- b.7/11/1928 d.1/16/2002 (73)
Boxer

Eddie Olson -- b.1/1/1922 N.S. d.2/10/1995 N.S. (73)
Hockey Player
Sports Teams: St. Louis Flyers (1946-1951), Cleveland Barons (1951-1955)

Lute Olson -- b.9/22/1934
College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: RFMN:Robert Luther
Sports Teams: Long Beach State (1973-1974), University of Iowa (1974-1983), University of Arizona (1983-2008)

Walter O'Malley -- b.10/9/1903 d.8/9/1979 (75)
MLB Owner, MLB Executive
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers (previous two: his team changed locations during his ownership in 1958, owned from 1950-1979)

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Mark O'Meara -- b.1/13/1957
Golfer

Jim O'Neal -- b.??/??/1948
Writer, Music Executive, Music Producer
Misc: Blues music expert

Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal -- b.3/6/1972
Movie Actor, Rapper, NBA Center
Misc: two-time All-America at LSU (1991-92); overall first pick (as a junior) by Orlando in 1992 NBA Draft; Rookie of Year in 1993; helped led Dream Team II to world championship in 1994; 1996 Dream Team
Sports Teams: Orlando Magic (1992-1996), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004), Miami Heat (2004-2008), Phoenix Suns (2008-2009), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2010), Boston Celtics (2010-2011)
Movie Titles: Shaq Kazaam

Peter Oppegard -- b.8/23/1959
Figure Skater, Olympic Athlete
Misc: skating coach

Manuel Orantes -- b.2/6/1949
Tennis Player, Spanish
Misc: US Open champ 1975

Roy Orbison -- b.4/23/1936 d.12/6/1988 (52)
Movie Actor, Composer/Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country-Rock Performer
Names/Places: b. in Wink, TX; MN:Kelton
Group Names: The Traveling Wilburys (as Lefty), soloist;
Song Titles: Only The Lonely, Running Scared, Dream Baby, Oh Pretty Woman, Crying, You Got It

Dick Orkin -- b.7/9/1933
Actor, Radio Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
Misc: of Dick & Bert (Berdis) in commercials 1970-80s; Chicago's voice and genius behind Chickenman and the Tooth Fairy; some say b. 1934
TV Shows: The Tim Conway Show

William "Willie" Esplin Ormond -- b.2/23/1927 d.5/4/1984 (57)
Soccer Manager, Soccer Left Winger, Scotish

Paul Parlette Orndorff -- b.10/29/1949
Wrestler
Names/Places: NN:Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff
Misc: WCW/SMW/NWA/WWE

Jim O'Rourke -- b.9/1/1850 N.S. d.1/8/1919 (68)
MLB Left Fielder
Names/Places: NN:Orator Jim
Sports Teams: Middletown Mansfields (1872), Boston Red Stockings/Boston Red Caps (1873-1878), Providence Grays (1879), Boston Red Caps (1880), Buffalo Bisons (1881-1884), New York Giants (1885-1889), New York Giants (Players League) (1890), New York Giants (1891-1892), Washington Senators (1893), New York Giants (1904), Buffalo Bisons (manager, 1881-1884), Washington Senators (manager, 1893)

Bobby Orr -- b.3/20/1948
NHL Defensive, Canadian
Misc: played 1966-1978; began skating at age 4 and was "adopted" by the Boston Bruins at 12. He began playing at 18, the youngest possible age, and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1967. Orr won the James Norris Trophy 8 years in a row, led NHL in scoring twice and assists 5 times; All-NHL 1st team 8 times; regular season MVP 3 times (1970-72); playoff MVP twice (1970,72) with Boston; 270 goals and 645 assists
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks

Carlos Ortíz -- b.9/9/1936
Boxer, Puerto Rican

Manuel Ortiz -- b.7/2/1916 d.5/31/1970 (53)
Boxer
Misc: one of the best boxers of the 1940s

Bob Orton Jr. -- b.11/10/1950 N.S.
Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Robert Keith Orton Jr.; ring name: Cowboy Bob Orton

Tom Osborne -- b.2/23/1937
Congressperson, NFL Player, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Names/Places: RN: Thomas Willis Osborne
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Hastings College (1956-1958), San Francisco 49ers (1959), Washington Redskins (1960-1961), University of Nebraska (coach 1964-1997, administrative 1979-1998, 2007-2013)

Ozzy Osbourne -- b.12/3/1948
Movie Actor, Songwriter, Harmonicaist, Heavy Metal Singer, English
Names/Places: RFN:John Michael
Misc: some say 1946 or 1947
Group Names: Black Sabbath (lead), Ozzy Osbourne (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Iron Man, Paranoid (previous titles as lead of Black Sabbath), Crazy Train, Flying High Again, Bark at the Moon, Shot at the Dark, No More Tears, Time After Time, Road to Nowhere, Mama I'm Coming Home, Changes, Perry Mason, See You on the Other Side, Back on Earth, Gets Me Through, Dreamer, Mississippi Queen, I Don't Wanna Stop, Let Me Hear You Scream
Album Titles: Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die! (previous titles as lead of Black Sabbath; Ozzy was fired in 1979 from the band), Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, Bark at the Moon, The Ultimate Sin, No Rest for the Wicked, No More Tears, Ozzmosis, Down to Earth, Black Rain, Scream

Charles Osgood -- b.1/8/1933
Author, Newscaster, Journalist
Misc: CBS News poet in residence

Mo Ostin -- b.3/27/1927
Music Executive
Misc: has worked for several companies, including Verve, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records, and DreamWorks. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 by Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Lorne Michaels. He is known among his colleagues as the most artist-friendly executive in the music business.

Rafael H. Osuna -- b.9/15/1938 d.6/4/1969 N.S. (30)
Tennis Player
Names/Places: NN:El Pelon
Misc: US Open 1963

Johnny Otis -- b.12/28/1921 d.1/17/2012 (90)
Painter, Sculptor, Preacher, Columnist, Politician, Actor, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Drummer, Pianist, Vibraphonist, Bandleader, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Berkeley, CA; RN:John Veliotes; NN:The Godfather of R&B
Misc: Talent Scout; Record co. owner; Rock 'n Roll Caravan of Stars founder/frontman
Group Names: The Johnny Otis Show
Song Titles: Willie and the Hand Jive

Melvin Thomas Ott -- b.3/2/1909 d.11/21/1958 (49)
MLB Manager, MLB Right Fielder
Misc: 12x All-Star, 6x home run leader; 2876 hits, N.Y. Giants hit 511 HRs; led NL 6X's, 1,861 RBIs; San Francisco Giants #4 retired
Sports Teams: New York Giants (player 1926-1947, manager 1942-1948)

Jim Otto -- b.1/5/1938
NFL Center
Misc: 9x AFL All-Star, 3x Pro Bowl, 10x All-AFL, 3x All-Pro
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders (1960-1974)

Mary Outerbridge -- b.2/26/1852 d.5/3/1886 (34)
Tennis Player

Carla Overbeck -- b.5/9/1968
Soccer Player

Ken Overlin -- b.8/15/1940 N.S. d.7/24/1969 N.S. (28)
Boxer, American

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Paul Overstreet -- b.3/17/1955
Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Daddy's Come Around

Harvard "George" Owen Jr. -- b.12/2/1901 N.S. d.3/4/1986 N.S. (84)
College Football Player, NHL Defensive
Misc: played 1928-1933; the first player to wear a helmet in an NHL game; in the College Football and Hockey Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins

Laurence Owen -- b.5/9/1944 d.2/15/1961 (16)
Figure Skater

Maribel Owen -- b.4/25/1940 d.2/15/1961 (20)
Figure Skater

Michael Owen -- b.12/14/1979
Sports Commentator, Soccer Striker, English

Randy Yeull Owen -- b.12/13/1949
Country Singer, Country Guitarist
Group Names: Alabama (lead)

Steve Owen -- b.4/21/1898 d.5/17/1964 (66)
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)

Buck Owens -- b.8/12/1929 d.3/25/2006 (76)
Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Sherman, TX; RN:Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Misc: Backing group: The Buckaroos; in the 1960s, 19 of his 30 Top 10 songs hit #1 in country charts; in Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Foolin' Around, Act Naturally, Love's Gonna Live Here, My Heart Skips a Beat, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Buckaroo, Waitin' in Your Welfare Line, Think of Me, Open Up Your Heart, Where Does the Good Times Go, Sam's Place, Your Tender Loving Care, Sweet Rosie Jones, Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass, Johnny B. Goode, Tall Dark Stranger, Made in Japan
Album Titles: Together Again, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Roll Out the Red Carpet, Dust on Mother's Bible, Open Up Your Heart, Your Tender Loving Care, It Takes People Like You, Sweet Rosie Jones, Tall Dark Stranger
TV Shows: Hee Haw (host 1968-1986)

Everett "Cotton" Owens -- b.5/21/1924 d.6/7/2012 (88)
Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR

Gary Owens -- b.5/10/1934 d.2/13/2015 (80)
Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Panelist, Announcer, Radio Disc Jock
Misc: his birth year range from 1934 to 1939.
TV Shows: Space Ghost (voice and star), Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (announcer), The Gong Show (host/panelist), The Banana Splits, Yogi Bear, Space Ghost, Green Hornet, Roger Ramjet, Garfield and Friends, Eek! The Cat, Dynomutt Dog Wonder (as Blue Falcon)
Movie Titles: The Love Bug

Jesse Owens -- b.9/12/1913 d.3/31/1980 (66)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field
Names/Places: b. in Oakville, AL; RFMN:James Cleveland "J.C."
Misc: won four 1936 Olympic gold medals; IAAP and the National Sportscastrs and Sportswriters Hall of Fames member

Steve Owens -- b.12/9/1947
NFL Runningback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1969)
Sports Teams: University of Oklahoma, Detroit Lions (1970-1974)

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki -- b.1/24/1947
Golfer, Japanese

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