On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 20

  • 1900 Maurice Leyland, English cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2764 runs @ 46.06; Yorkshire 1920-46, 1,000+ runs in 17 consecutive seasons), born in Harrogate, England (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • 1921 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Person of interestMike Ilitch

1929 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • 1930 Chuck Daly, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), born in Kane, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • 1933 Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
  • 1934 Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • 1936 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938 Roger Hunt, English footballer
  • 1943 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Betty Burfeindt, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1976), born in NYC, NY
  • 1945 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), born in Greenwood, South Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1947 James Harris, Amnerican NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego), born in Monroe, Louisiana

  • 1951 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • 1956 Charlie Magri, Tunisian British world champ flyweight boxer (1983), born in Tunis, Tunisia

Person of interestMima Jausovec

1956 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • 1960 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Giovanna Amati, Italian racing driver
  • 1963 Jenny Spangler, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Monroe, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Paula Ivan, Romanian runner (world record mile), born in Herăști, Romania
  • 1964 Murray Craven, Medicine Hat, NHL left wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1966 Beth Coats, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1966 Carlo L'Ami, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1966 Tracey Mcfarlane, US breaststroke swimmer (US record 100m)
  • 1967 Ian Beckles, NFL guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Jon Normile, fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Jimmy Carson, American NHL center (6 NHL hat tricks before age 21), born in Southfield, Michigan
  • 1969 Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist
  • 1970 Shannon Baker, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1971 Bernard Whittington, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Charles Johnson, Fort Pierce Fla, catcher (US Olympics 1992, Marlins)

  • 1971 Ed Giddins, cricketer (promising Sussex pace bowler, England A 1995)
  • 1971 Ron Stone, NFLer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1972 Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born in Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Peter Forsberg, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1973 Mads Rieper, Danish footballer
  • 1974 "Big Money" Bengie Molina [Benjamin José Molina], Puerto Rican baseball player (Texas Rangers), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1975 Ray Allen, American basketball guard (10-time NBA All Star), born in Merced, California
  • 1975 Erik Hagen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1975 Aimee Mullins, American Paralympic athlete/official (US Olympic Chef de Mission 2012), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer
  • 1976 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1977 Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
  • 1977 Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • 1978 Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Pavel Datsyuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Tamsyn Lewis, Australian athlete
  • 1978 Will Solomon, American basketball player
  • 1979 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • 1979 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • 1981 Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Troy Smith, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2006, Ohio State; NFL: Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1995 Shaquem Griffin, American one-handed NFL player (Sea Hawks), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1996 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria