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Birthdays in Sport in June 1945

  • Jun 1 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jun 3 Hale Irwin, American golfer (US Open 1974, 79, 90; US Senior Open 1998, 2000), born in Joplin, Missouri
  • Jun 3 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), born in Addington, Surrey (d. 2019)

Person of interestJohn Carlos

Jun 5 John Carlos, American sprinter who performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic bronze medal in 1968, born in Harlem, New York

Track & Field athlete and Civil Rights Activist John Carlos
Track & Field athlete and Civil Rights Activist
John Carlos
  • Jun 8 Derek Underwood, England cricket spin bowler (86 Tests, 297 wickets @ 25.83), born in Bromley, England
  • Jun 9 Faina Melnik, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bakota, Ukraine
  • Jun 9 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • Jun 12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 16 Claire Alexander, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestEddy Merckx

Jun 17 Eddy Merckx, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 1969-72, 74; Giro d'Italia 1968, 70, 72-74), born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Road Cyclist Eddy Merckx
Road Cyclist
Eddy Merckx

Person of interestTony Roche

Jun 17 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach (French Open 1966; 15 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 24 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • Jun 26 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup), born in Colombo
  • Jun 27 Catherine Lacoste, French golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 27 John M. Veitch, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer, born in Lexington, Kentucky

About June 1945

How Old? 76 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Signs: Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20), Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22)