On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 6

Ban Johnson

1864 Ban Johnson, American Baseball HOF executive (founder, President American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)

  • 1891 Ted McDonald, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 43 wickets, BB 5/32; Tasmania, Victoria, Lancashire CCC), born in Launceston, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1911 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), born in Morant Bay, Jamaica (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1956), born in Glendale, California (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1930 (Wilbert) Billy Davis, American tennis player (11 x American Tennis Association Titles; mentor to Arthur Ashe), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Graeme Hole, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 6 x 50; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1990)
  • 1936 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Darlene Hard

1936 Darlene Hard, American tennis player (US C'ships 1960-61, French C'ships 1960; 18 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)

  • 1937 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets), born in Follansbee, West Virginia
  • 1939 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Terry Venables, British soccer player & manager, born in Dagenham, England
  • 1945 Barry John, Welsh rugby player, born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1947 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • 1948 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (brother of Sir Richard; NZ 26 Tests, 71 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1949 Mike Boit, Kenyan 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1951 Don Gullett, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Kentucky
  • 1954 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • 1955 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France

Nancy Lopez

1957 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 major titles, 48 LPGA Tour wins), born in Torrance, California

Kapil Dev

1959 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982), born in Chandigarh, Punjab

  • 1960 Paul Azinger, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA C'ship 1993, 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Howie Long, American NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Philip Brown, English 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Norm Charlton, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Fort Polk, California
  • 1964 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • 1964 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1964 Henry Maske, German boxer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany
  • 1964 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Lindsay Burns, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Big Timber, Montana
  • 1965 Tim McDonald, American football safety (Super Bowl 1995; First-team All-Pro 1989; 6 × Pro Bowl; St. L/Phoenix Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1966 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Shahid Saeed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1966 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1967 David Belcher, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Penola, Australia
  • 1967 Larry Donald, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1968 Vlastimil Plavucha, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 1969 Alvin Morman, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Rockingam, North Carolina
  • 1969 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96), born in Swansea, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Daniel Naulty, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1970 Geert Brusselers, Dutch football player & coach (NAC), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1970 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1970 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Kerrin Petty, Swedish-American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Townshend, Vermont
  • 1971 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • 1972 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1973 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1974 Juan Roque, American football tackle (Detroit Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1974 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer, born in General Rodríguez Partido, Argentina
  • 1975 James Farrior, American football linebacker (NY Jets), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1975 Laura Berg, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Richard Zednik, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash), born in Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1977 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1978 Steve Hartsell, American pairs skater (with partner Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978 Casey Fossum, American baseball player, born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1980 Steed Malbranque, French footballer, born in Mouscron, Belgium
  • 1981 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1982 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Brian Bass, American baseball player, born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1984 Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer, born in Carlow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1984 A. J. Hawk, American football player, born in Kettering, Ohio
  • 1986 Paul McShane, Irish footballer, born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1991 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1994 Jameis Winston, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2013, Florida State; Pro Bowl 2015, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Bessemer, Alabama