On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 16

  • 1887 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder, 1908-20 (Chicago White Sox, and two other teams; 1919 World Series "Black Sox" Scandal), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), born in Grenfell, New South Wales (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2002)
  • 1927 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) and president (MCC), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza, 1958), born in Alhambra, California (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Norm Sherry, American baseball catcher (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) and manager (California Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Oleg Protopopov, Russian olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1932 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), born in Overton, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1934 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Venkataraman Subramanya, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka
  • 1938 Max Wiltshire, Welsh rugby union lock (4 Tests; Aberavon RFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)

Margaret Smith Court

1942 Margaret Smith Court, Australian tennis player (1970 Grand Slam, 24 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Albury, New South Wales

Jimmy Johnson

1943 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1987; Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

  • 1945 Barry Dudleston, English cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Bebington, Cheshire
  • 1946 Ron Yary, American football player (Minnesota Vikings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 John Hollins, British retired footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1950 Dennis Priestley, English darts player (PDC World Champion 1994), born in Mexborough, England
  • 1952 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), born in Armley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1957 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)
  • 1959 Gerd Wessig, East German high jumper (1st male to set high jump world record at Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow), born in Lübz, Germany
  • 1959 Gary Anderson, NFL placekicker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Parys, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • 1960 Gisela Beyer, German discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980), born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg, Germany
  • 1960 Terry Pendleton, American baseball infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Los Angeles, California

Mikael Pernfors

1963 Mikael Pernfors, Swedish Tennis Star (1986 French Open finalist), born in Malmö, Sweden

  • 1963 Srečko Katanec, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia

Miguel Induráin

1964 Miguel Induráin, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France winner 1991-95), born in Villava, Spain

  • 1965 Charles Smith, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1965 Claude Lemieux, Canadian NHL forward (Team Canada, Colorado), born in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada
  • 1966 Chip Lohmiller, NFL kicker (New Orleans Saints), born in Woodbury, Minnesota
  • 1966 Jyrki Lumme, Finnish NHL defenseman (Canucks, Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1966 Warren Sallenback, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in South Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1967 Roger Duffy, American NFL guard and center (NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Christopher Rocancourt, French con artist, born in Honfleur, Calvados, France
  • 1968 Ariel Solomon, American NFL center and guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Barry Sanders, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1988, Oklahoma State; 10 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP 1997, Detroit Lions), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1969 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netball GD, WD (95 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002; Adelaide Thunderbirds, Auckland Diamonds), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1970 Phil Graham, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1970 William Van Landingham, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1971 Chris Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in Burbank, California
  • 1972 Aaron Glenn, American NFL cornerback and kick returner (NY Jets), born in Humble, Texas
  • 1973 Shaun Pollock, South African cricket all-rounder, captain (108 Tests, 3,781 runs @ 32.21, 421 wickets; 303 ODIs) and broadcaster (SuperSport), born in Port Elizabeth, RSA
  • 1973 Stefano Garzelli, Italian cyclist, born in Varese, Italy
  • 1974 Michelle Chandler, Australian basketball point guard (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • 1974 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league winger (16 Tests; Brisbane Broncos, St. George RLFC) and rugby union wing (37 Tests, Queensland Reds), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1975 Bas Leinders, Belgian racing car driver, born in Bree, Belgium
  • 1976 Anna Smashnova, Russian tennis star (1993 Futures-Erlangen GER), born in Minsk, Russia
  • 1976 Tomasz Kuchar, Polish rally driver, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • 1976 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer and coach, born in Asunción, Paraguay

Kim Rhode

1979 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

  • 1979 Chris Mihm, American basketball player (Chicago Bulls), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (US Masters 2013), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1982 Michael Umaña, Costa Rican footballer (Pars Jonoubi), born in Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • 1984 Hayanari Shimoda, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1986 Florent Geroux, French jockey (Breeders' Cup Classic 2017; Kentucky Derby 2021), born in Argentan, France
  • 1989 Gareth Bale, Welsh soccer winger (Tottenham, Real Madrid, Wales), born in Cardiff, Wales