On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 4

  • 1880 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers; no-hitter 1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1894 Henry "Doc" Carlson, American Basketball Hall of Fame collegiate coach (University of Pittsburgh, 1922-53: 367–248 [.597]), originated figure 8 play, born in Murray City, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Waldemar Marx, cricketer (S Af, 240 on FC debut (then world record))
  • 1910 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Alec Bedser, English cricket medium-pace bowler (51 Tests, 236 wickets, BB 7/44; Surrey CCC), born in Reading, England (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Johnnie Parsons, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1950; AAA/USAC Championship, 1949), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee (NBA Supervisor of Officials 1977–81; ABA Supervisor of the Officials 1969–73), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (d. 1998)

Alfredo Di Stéfano

1926 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)

  • 1928 Giampiero Boniperti, Italian soccer striker (38 caps; Juventus 443 games), executive (chairman Juventus) and politician (deputy in European Parliament), born in Barengo, Italy (d. 2021)

Al Davis

1929 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

  • 1929 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)

George Steinbrenner

1930 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), born in Rocky River, Ohio (d. 2010)

  • 1931 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), born in Hereford, England (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Rick Casares, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium
  • 1937 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Cyril Mitchley, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1942 Hal Lanier, American MLB baseball player, 1964-73 (San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • 1942 Floyd Little, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Syracuse University; 5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1969; Denver Broncos), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1947 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948 Ed Armbrister, Bahamian baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1948 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 1951 John Alexander, Australian tennis player, politician (Australian Open doubles 1975, 82), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1954 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1961 Connie Paraskevin-Young, American sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Pam Shriver, American tennis star (1991 US Open doubles/Olympic gold 1988), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1962 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1994)

Henri Leconte

1963 Henri Leconte, French tennis player (French open finalist 1988), born in Lillers, France

  • 1963 José Oquendo, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1964 Cle Kooiman, American soccer player, born in Ontario, California
  • 1965 Harvey Grant, American NBA forward (Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Wizards), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1965 John Frawley, Australian tennis player, born in Redcliffe, Australia
  • 1965 Shelley Oates, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1966 Adrian Caldwell, American NBA forward/center (Indiana Pacers), born in Falls County, Texas
  • 1967 Vinny Castilla, Mexican baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1968 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1970 Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1970 Louise Van Voorhis, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1971 Steve Rucchin, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Thunder Bay, Canada
  • 1971 Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Steve Giles, English canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96), born in Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Justin Ring, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Kamloops, Canada
  • 1973 Keiko Ihara, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973 Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1973 Jan Magnussen, Danish racing driver, born in Roskilde, Denmark
  • 1974 La'Roi Glover, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1976 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Saitama, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 1978 Tatyana Jecmenica, Serbian tennis star (1995 Futures-Novi Sad), born in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 1978 Emile Mpenza, Belgian footballer, born in Zellik, Belgium
  • 1981 Francisco Cruceta, Dominican baseball player, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic
  • 1986 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut