On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 2

  • 1882 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria), born in Jamestown, South Australia (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame), coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1954)
  • 1901 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), born in Faringdon, Berkshire (d. 1994)
  • 1904 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • 1937 Dick Berardino, baseball player

Person of interestRichard Petty

1937 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • 1943 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1947 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Slick Watts, NBA player (Seattle SuperSonic), born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • 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 Chamblee, American golfer, broadcaster (Golf Channel, 1 PGA Tour title), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 DeAnne Hemmens, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Joe Magrane, American baseball player nicknamed "Maddog" (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Person of interestJosé Canseco

1964 José Canseco, Cuban-American MLB outfielder and designated hitter (AL MVP 1988), born in Havana, Cuba

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 1964 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • 1964 Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
  • 1966 Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1968 Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1992), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1970 Derrick Adkins, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), 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 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • 1975 Éric Dazé, Canadian NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks; NHL All Star MVP 2002), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer
  • 1976 Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player
  • 1979 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

1979 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

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

Person of interestAlex Morgan

1989 Alex Morgan, American soccer player (Orlando Pride) and co-captain of the US women's national soccer team, born in San Dimas, California

Soccer Player Alex Morgan
Soccer Player
Alex Morgan
  • 1992 Nana Takagi, Japanese speed skater (Olympic gold mass start, team pursuit 2018), born in Makubetsu, Japan