Birthdays in Sport on July 29

  • 1835 Joe Coburn, Irish boxer (Heavyweight C'ship of America 1863-65), born in Middletown County, Armagh, Ireland (d. 1890)
  • 1870 George Dixon, Canadian boxer (World Bantamweight title, 1892; World Featherweight champion, 1891-97 & 1898-1901; 1st Black athlete to win a World C'ship in any sport), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1908)
  • 1887 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)
  • 1889 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), born in Pécs, Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • 1919 Vic Lewis, British jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, and artist manager (NEMS), and cricket club owner, born in London, England (d. 2009)

Ted LindsayTed Lindsay (1925-2019)

Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), born in Renfrew, Ontario

  • 1926 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Cammie Smith, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 50; Barbados), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1934 Alfred Scott, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • 1938 Don Wert, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), born in Minneota, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • 1944 Terry Jarvis, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests, TS 187 in 387 partnership with Glenn Turner v WI 1972), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), born in New Rochelle, NY (d. 2006)
  • 1950 Maricica Puica, Romanian 2K runner (world record)
  • 1950 Radu Voina, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1951 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
  • 1952 Joe Johnson, English snooker player (World Champion, 1986: Senior Masters, 2019), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • 1953 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • 1957 Nellie Kim, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Shurab, Tajik SSR
  • 1962 Corinne Dibnah, Australian golfer (British Open 1988; LET Order of Merit 1991), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1962 Vincent Rousseau, Belgian athlete
  • 1963 Azeem Hafeez, Pakistani cricketer (fingerless lefty quick)
  • 1963 Damon Allen, American born CFL quarterback (BC Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Michel Boerebach, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1963 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1963 Steve Frey, American pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Doug Burden, American rower (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1965 Karen Doell, American softball 2nd baseman (Olympics 1996), born in Winkler, Manitoba
  • 1965 Luis Alicea, Puerto Rican infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1966 Jeff Herrod, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1966 Sally Gunnell, British 400m hurdler, (Olympic gold 1992), born in Chigwell, England
  • 1968 Kristen Babb-Sprague, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in California
  • 1968 Mike Williams, American MLB pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1969 Alison Dunlap, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970 John Rennie, Zimbabwean cricketer (pace bowler 1993)
  • 1970 Steve Wojciechowski, American MLB pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Blue Island, Illinois
  • 1974 Derek Wilkinson, American NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in La Salle, Florida
  • 1975 Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1977 Greg Burgess, American 200m individual medley (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1979 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • 1979 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • 1980 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • 1980 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1981 Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer and manager (Braga), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso (41 years old)

1981 Spanish Auto Racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2005-06; 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018-19; FIA World Endurance C'ship 2018-19), born in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

  • 1981 Jennie Thompson, American gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Olympics 1996), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1981 Troy Perkins, American professional soccer goalkeeper, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1982 Janez Aljančič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1982 Jônatas Domingos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Alexei Kaigorodov, Russian hockey player
  • 1984 Chad Billingsley, American baseball player
  • 1993 Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Sulphur, Louisiana