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 soccer goalkeeper (39 caps Czechoslovakia; Slovan Bratislava 240 games), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Leo Boivin, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs) and coach (St. Louis Blues), born in Prescott, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 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

Billy Cannon

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
  • 1945 John T. Ward Jr., American racehorse trainer (Kentucky Derby 2001 Monarchos; Breeders' Cup Distaff 1999 Beautiful Pleasure), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Burgess Owens, American politician (Rep-R-Utah) and football player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 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 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 Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer, born in Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • 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
  • 1989 Nacer Chadli, Belgian football player, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1995 Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball center (NBA All-Star 2018; NY Knicks, Dallas Mavericks), born in Liepāja, Latvia