On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 5

  • 1866 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer and captain, born in Collingwood, Australia (d. 1917)
  • 1874 Horace Rawlins, English golfer (US Open 1895), born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight (d. 1935)
  • 1908 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • 1935 John McCartan, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestHerb Brooks

1937 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1938 Hayes Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1964), born in Sturksville, Mississippi
  • 1946 Gary Beban, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1967, UCLA: NFL: Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • 1948 Tony DiCicco, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996), born in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  • 1948 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Rosi Mittermaier, German skier (Olympic gold 1976), born in Reit im Winkl, West Germany
  • 1961 Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach (Sri Lankan batsman), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPatrick Ewing

1962 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing

  • 1962 Richard De Groen, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium pacer), born in Otorohonga, New Zealand
  • 1962 William Roberts, American NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965 M V Sridhar, Indian cricketer (scored 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994), born in Vijayawada, India (d. 2017)
  • 1967 Mike Fox, American NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1968 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1969 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • 1969 Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)
  • 1969 Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1970 Andy Antoine, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Travis Moore, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Valeri Karpov, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1972 Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and pace bowler (1989-98), born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • 1972 Darryl Yung, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1972 John Wasdin, American pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Ft Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1973 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer

  • 1974 Frankie Hejduk, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1974 Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
  • 1976 Marians Pahars, Latvian footballer, born in Chornobai, Ukraine
  • 1977 Eric Hinske, American baseball utility and coach (AL Rookie of the Year 2002; 3-time WS champion), born in Menasha, Wisconsin
  • 1977 Mark Mulder, American baseball player (Oakland Athletics,St. Louis Cardinals), born in South Holland, Illinois
  • 1978 Kristin Link, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 1978 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • 1978 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter, born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1979 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer and manager (Linfield), born in Killyleagh, County Down
  • 1980 Wayne Bridge, English premier league footballer, born in Southampton, England
  • 1980 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1980 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Carl Crawford, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete and bobsledder,born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1982 Ryu Seung Min, Korean table tennis player
  • 1985 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer, born in Farciennes, Belgium
  • 1985 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast
  • 1986 Paula Creamer, American golfer (US Open 2010), born in Mountain View, California
  • 1988 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer (world record 200 meters, Olympic Gold 2008), born in Mirano, Italy
  • 1989 Shanshan Feng, Chinese golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2012), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1990 Patrick Reed, American golfer (2018 Masters), born in San Antonio, Texas