On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 7

  • 1872 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1877 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07), born in Berg River, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • 1895 Edward Gill, baseball player
  • 1927 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2020)

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

1932 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 1937 Don Wilson, English cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71), born in Settle, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, Welsh rugby union player, born in Wales, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1942 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), born in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Alan Page, American jurist and NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1947 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales
  • 1948 Greg Chappell, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (87 Tests; 7,110 @ 53.86), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1950 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1951 Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1957 Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1958 Alberto Salazar, American track coach and long distance runner (NYC Marathon 1980-82, Boston 1982), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1958 Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1958 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959 Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1961 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Yelena Davydova, Russian Canadian gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Voronezh, Soviet Union
  • 1965 Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988), born in Quinte West, Canada
  • 1966 Tony Stargell, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1967 Jason Grimsley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Cleveland, Texas
  • 1968 Tomas Carbonell, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969 Keith Cash, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1970 Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1970 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • 1971 Chris T. Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Dominic Cork, British cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995), born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • 1972 Tony Bouie, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1973 Bo Hanson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1973 Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Crawley, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Kimmo Rinatnen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Rauma, Finland
  • 1973 Danny Graves, American baseball player, born in South Vietnam
  • 1974 Jeff Buckey, American NFL offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1974 Philippe De Rouville, Canadian NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
  • 1975 Alshermond Singleton, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1975 Edgar Renteria, Colombian baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1975 Jimmy van Fessem, Dutch football goalkeeper (Willem II), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1976 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1976 Shane Lechler, American football player, born in East Bernard, Texas
  • 1982 Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer, born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1982 Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1987 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player, born in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1997 Kyler Murray, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2018, U of Oklahoma; 2019 NFL Draft #1 pick Arizona Cardinals), born in Bedford, Texas
  • 1999 Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler and sprinter, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey