On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 11

  • 1893 Jack Durston, cricketer (England fast bowler against Australia 1921)
  • 1924 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • 1928 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1987)
  • 1930 Gregory C Bell, Terre Haute Ind, long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1930 John Alabaster, cricketer (NZ most prolific leg-spinner with 49 wkts)
  • 1939 Larry Laoretti, American golfer (US Senior Open 1992), born in Mahopac, New Jersey
  • 1941 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • 1942 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), born in Nižný Medzev, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Jim Higgs, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1978-81)
  • 1951 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)

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1953 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 1955 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1958 Hugo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1962 Dale Hellestrae, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1963 Al MacInnis, Inverness NS, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, St Louis)

  • 1964 Earl Jones, Inkster Mich, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1965 Tony Cottee, English footballer
  • 1965 Ernesto Hoost, Dutch kickboxer
  • 1966 Rod Strickland, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Wash Wizards)
  • 1967 Andy Ashby, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1967 Donne Wall, Potosi MO, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968 Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Billy Ashley, Taylor MI, outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1970 Pubudu Dissanayake, Sri Lanka cricket wicket-keeper (1993)
  • 1971 Brett Hauer, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1972 Jerrott Willard, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Joe Johnson, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1998, 2000; All-Pro 2000; New Orleans Saints), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Ken Irvin, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Steven Richards, Australian racing driver
  • 1973 Christine Monge, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Konstantinos Kenteris, Greek athlete
  • 1974 André Ooijer, Dutch soccer defender (55 caps; PSV, Blackburn Rovers), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1974 Hermann Hreiðarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1975 Willie Anderson, American football player
  • 1975 Rubén Baraja, Spanish footballer
  • 1976 Eduardo Nájera, Mexican-born basketball player
  • 1977 Brandon Short, American football player
  • 1979 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • 1981 Mary Beth Arnold, gymnast (World-bronze-95), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1981 Andre Johnson, American football player
  • 1982 Chris Cooley, American NFL tight end (2-time Pro Bowl; Washington Redskins), born in Powell, Wyoming
  • 1984 Yorman Bazardo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984 Tanith Belbin, Canadian ice dancer
  • 1986 Yoann Gourcuff, French footballer
  • 1986 Ryan Jarvis, English footballer
  • 1990 Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player (Australian Open 2018), born in Odense, Denmark