Birthdays in Sport on August 6

  • 1860 Fernando Canon, Filipino revolutionary general, poet, and the Philippines 1st National Chess Champion, born in Biñan, Laguna, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1938)
  • 1887 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1906 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1908 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Norman Gordon, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 20 wickets; Transvaal), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1914 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1916 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), born in Maalahti, Finland (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), born in Lincoln, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics 1948-68)
  • 1929 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1933 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959)
  • 1933 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • 1938 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), born in Ribas de Sil, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Ray Culp, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 69; Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox), born in Elgin, Texas
  • 1945 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • 1946 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1947 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), born in Bartow, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • 1952 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • 1954 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • 1955 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • 1960 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1961 Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1961 Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
  • 1962 Thomas Jefferson, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1963 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • 1964 John Mooney, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Robert Mimbs, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

David RobinsonDavid Robinson (57 years old)

1965 American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs, Olympic gold 1992), born in Key West, Florida

  • 1966 Billy Mayfair, American golfer (Tour Championship 1995), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1967 Mike Greenberg, American sportscaster
  • 1967 Willie Williams, NFL/CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1968 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • 1968 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1968 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • 1969 Mike Budenholzer, American basketball head coach (Milwaukee Bucks 2018-19; Atlanta Hawks 2013-18; NBA Coach of the Year 2015, 19), born in Holbrook, Arizona
  • 1969 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • 1970 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • 1970 Mike Strange, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • 1971 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1971 Scott Minto, English footballer
  • 1972 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Max Kellerman, American sportscaster (ESPN), born in The Bronx, NYC
  • 1973 Robert Lee, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist
  • 1974 Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)
  • 1974 Bobby Petta, soccer player (Feyenoord, RKC)
  • 1974 Nelson Vargas, Holoyoke Mass, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Rik Platvoet, Dutch soccer player, (FC Twente, MVV)
  • 1975 Victor Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1977 Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Luciano Zavagno, Argentine footballer
  • 1980 Danny Collins, Welsh soccer defender (12 caps; Sunderland, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest), born in Chester, England
  • 1982 Justin Germano, American baseball player
  • 1982 Kevin van der Perren, Belgian figure skater
  • 1983 Robin van Persie, Dutch footballer