Birthdays in Sport on July 2

  • 1882 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria)
  • 1901 Arthur Rex Alston, sports commentator
  • 1904 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Leo O'Brien, cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36)
  • 1927 Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
  • 1934 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • 1937 Dick Berardino, baseball player
  • 1937 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1943 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1947 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • 1956 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1959 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 1961 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1962 Brandel Eugene Chamblee, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-3rd), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Joe Magrane, baseball player
  • 1964 Jose Canseco, outfielder (Oak A's, Red Sox, 1988 AL MVP), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1964 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • 1964 Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
  • 1966 Blaise Rhodes, Berwyn Heights MD, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1968 Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
  • 1968 Mike Lee, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • 1970 Derrick Ralph Adkins, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler
  • 1970 Steve Morrow, Irish footballer
  • 1971 Jared Palmer, American tennis star, born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Sean Casey, American baseball player
  • 1975 Catalina Cristea, Bucharest Rom, tennis star (1995 quarter Jakarta)
  • 1975 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • 1975 Eric Daze, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • 1976 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • 1979 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

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1979 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

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  • 1980 Nicole Manske, American beauty queen and motorsports television commentator
  • 1981 Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Thomas Kortegaard, Danish footballer
  • 1984 Maarten Martens, Belgian footballer
  • 1984 Johnny Weir, American figure skater
  • 1985 Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • 1985 Chad Henne, American football player