On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 6

  • 1893 Lou Little [Luigi Piccolo], American college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1896 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC), born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1913 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), born in Barrow, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)

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1921 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

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  • 1925 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Wojciech Zabłocki, Polish fencer (4 x World C'ship gold team; Olympic silver team sabre 1956, 60; bronze 1964), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores, 54 goals 1960-72), born in Ancón, Santa Elena, Ecuador (d. 2006)

  • 1945 Larry Bowa, American 2nd baseman (Phillies), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1946 Frank Hayes, English cricket batsman (9 Tests, HS 106no England v WI on debut 1973), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1948 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden
  • 1948 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), born in Tårs, Denmark (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Peter Willey, English cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's), born in Sedgefield, County Durham, England
  • 1951 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1953 Gary Ward, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Malcolm Jarvis, Zimbabwean cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side), born in Fort Victoria, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • 1957 Luis Delís, Cuban discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1960 Jasmina Perazić, Serbian-American basketball guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1964 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer, born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1966 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete (6-time winner of the Ironman World Championships), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1967 Kevin Appier, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1989-94 (Kansas City Royals, and three others), born in Lancaster, California
  • 1969 Elmore Spencer, American NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Todd Black, American 800m runner, born in Kenton, Ohio
  • 1970 Eric Mahlum, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1971 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996)

  • 1971 Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player (Wimbledon 1996), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Rika Hiraki, Japanese tennis star (1992 Japan doubles), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1971 Thomas Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 José Contreras, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2006; World Series 2005; Olympic gold 1996; Chicago WS), born in Las Martinas, Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1972 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972 James Logan, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Opp, Alabama
  • 1972 Mike Gruttadauri, American football center (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1973 Tim Kohn, American NFL guard and tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Wadsworth, Illinois
  • 1974 Arjan Ebbinge, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Veendam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1977 Kevin Cash, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1977 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer (Norwich City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1978 Darrell Jackson, American NFL wide receiver, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1979 Tim Cahill, Australian soccer forward (108 caps, 50 goals; Everton), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1980 Steve Lovell, British footballer (Dundee), born in Amersham, England
  • 1980 Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player, born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1982 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and Tour de France winner (2007, 09), born in Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer (played for Zimbabwe in the 2003 Cricket World Cup), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1982 Robbie Gould, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
  • 1985 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1986 Matt Niskanen, American NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Virginia, Minnesota
  • 1991 CoCo Vandeweghe, American tennis player (US Open doubles 2018; US Federation Cup 2017), born in Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • 1992 Johnny Manziel, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2012, Texas A&M; NFL: Cleveland Browns), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1994 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek NBA player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Athens, Greece