On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 2

  • 1882 George Sargent, English golfer (US Open 1909), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • 1895 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), born in Bristol, Virginia (d. 1957)
  • 1909 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1925 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 1937 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1937 Jim McLean, Scottish soccer forward (Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee) and manager (Dundee United 1971-93), born in Larkhall, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1995)

  • 1942 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1943 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1945 Eric Simms, Australian rugby league fullback (8 Tests; NSWRL points record [1,841] stood until 1983; South Sydney), born in Karuah, Australia
  • 1952 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1954 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Stephen Kelly Petterson, New Zealand mallbore rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1958 Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Northridge, Los Angeles
  • 1961 Ed West, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons), born in Colbert County, Alabama
  • 1964 John Cullen, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Puslinch, Canada
  • 1966 Joseph Wanag, American judoka (Olympic-92), born in Wilton, Connecticut
  • 1966 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1967 Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967 Martin Laamers, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Arnhem, Netherlands
  • 1968 Sean Groom, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer, born in Niendorf, Hamburg
  • 1969 Cedric Ceballos, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Maui, Hawaii,
  • 1969 Erik Meijer, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Uerdingen), born in Curaçao
  • 1969 Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer, born in Espinho, Portugal
  • 1970 Chainey Umphrey, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • 1970 Elijah Alexander, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1970 Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92), born in Haynesville, Barbados
  • 1970 Tony Amonte, American NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Hingham, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Wesley "wes" Bender, American WLAF/NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, New Orleans Saints), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1971 Dick Schreuder, Dutch soccer player (PSV/FC Groningen/RKC), born in Barneveld, Netherlands
  • 1971 Fernando Smith, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971 Michael Hughes, Irish footballer, born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • 1972 Nathan Thomas, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer, born in Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • 1973 George Zidek, Czech NBA center (Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Zlin, Czechia
  • 1973 Karina Habsudova, Slovak tennis player (1995 Futures Czech), born in Bojnice, Slovakia
  • 1973 Nancy Drolet, Canadian ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Drummondville, Canada
  • 1973 Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1992; 200m freestyle 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1973 Danie Keulder, Namibian cricketer, born in Keetmanshoop, Namibia
  • 1973 Brendan Dolan, Irish darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Enniskillen, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Nabil Bouchlal, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1974 Paul Grasmanis, American defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1975 Mineiro [Carlos Luciano da Silva], Brazilian footballer, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 1976 Reyes Estévez, Spanish athlete, born in Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain
  • 1978 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1978 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1979 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • 1980 Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1982 Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer, born in Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • 1982 Grady Sizemore, American baseball player, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1984 Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer, born in Pescia, Italy
  • 1995 Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball center (NBA All-Star 2018; NY Knicks, Dallas Mavericks), born in Liepāja, Latvia