On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 1

  • 1856 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer (Victoria; Carlton FC) and cricket all-rounder (1 Test; Victoria CA), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1883)
  • 1861 Sammy Jones, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; NSW, Queensland, Auckland), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1871 John Lester, American cricket all-rounder (Gentlemen of Philadelphia CC), born in Penrith, England (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1900 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26), born in Witta, Queensland, Australia (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands (d. 1925)
  • 1910 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (pioneer Indian opening bowler in Tests), born in Hoshiarpur, India (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Sammy Lee, American diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)

Jack Kramer

1921 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)

  • 1924 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1967)
  • 1931 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), born in Heiwa, Nakashima, Aichi, Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1934 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Geoff Pullar, English cricket batsman (28 Tests, 4 x 100s, HS 175; Lancashire CCC, Gloucestershire CCC), born in Swinton, Lancashire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • 1947 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1949 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), born in Tqibuli, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • 1951 Bob Keselowski, American auto racer (ARCA Hooters SuperCar Series 1989) and team owner (K Automotive Racing), born in Rochester, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Yajurvindra Singh, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's), born in Rajkot, Gujarat

Trevor Berbick

1954 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), born in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2006)

  • 1955 Arun Lal, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's), born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1957 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), born in Drumheller, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • 1958 Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier, born in Drammen, Norway
  • 1961 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1961 Brad Faxon Jr, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Oceanport, New Jersey
  • 1961 Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax), born in Vlissingen, Netherlands
  • 1961 Mike Watkinson, English cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire
  • 1962 Gertjan Verbeek, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • 1962 Joetta Clark, American 800m runner (Olympic-1992), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1962 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2013)
  • 1964 Traci Phillips, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964 Andrew Wilson, Australian canoeist (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1966 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 1966 Horacio de la Peña, Argentinian tennis star and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1967 Gregg Jefferies, American infielder (NY Mets, Royals, Phillies), born in Burlingame, California
  • 1967 Lori Endicott, American volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1968 Rob Carpenter, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amityville, New York
  • 1968 Stacey Augmon, American NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers, Hawks), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969 Graham Thorpe, English cricketer (England LHB Century on Test debut 1993), born in Farnham, Surrey, England
  • 1970 Quentin Coryatt, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1970 David James, English footballer, born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 1971 Julia Chilicki, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Somers, Connecticut
  • 1971 Lisa Flood, Canadian 100m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1971 Shae Sloan, American women,s baseball pitcher (Colorado Silver Bullets, 1994-96), born in Huntsville, Texas
  • 1972 Karen Dalton, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Mt View, California
  • 1972 Martin Damm, Czech tennis star, born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1972 Matt Dyson, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in La Plata, Maryland
  • 1973 Ben Johnson, Australian cricketer (promising South Australian opening batsman), born in Naracoorte, South Australia
  • 1973 Gregg Berhalter, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1973 Mario Bennett, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1973 Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1974 Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skiing athlete, born in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
  • 1976 David Nemirovsky, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1976 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1976 Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian soccer player (Ajax), born in Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
  • 1976 Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer and manager (Galatasaray), born in Karataş, Turkey
  • 1976 Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer, born in Horsens, Denmark
  • 1976 Kevin Joseph, American baseball player, born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1978 Edgerrin James, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Immokalee, Florida
  • 1978 Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1979 Junior Agogo, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1980 Mancini [Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino], Brazilian footballer, born in Itapinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • 1981 Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer, born in Port Laoise, Ireland
  • 1984 Bastian Schweinsteiger, German football player (Chicago Fire, German national team), born in Kolbermoor, West Germany
  • 1986 Andrew Taylor, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Hartlepool, England
  • 1986 Anton Strålman, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Tibro, Sweden
  • 1986 Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1987 Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer, born in Seraing, Belgium
  • 2001 Scottie Barnes, American NBA player (Toronto Raptors), born in West Palm Beach, Florida