On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 5

  • 1879 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
  • 1886 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1905 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicket-keeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province (d. 1935)
  • 1915 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), born in Everettville, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, born in Limpsfield, Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Booker Edgerson, American football player, born in Baxter County, Arkansas
  • 1942 Hannes Löhr, German footballer and manager, born in Eitorf, Rhine Province, Germany
  • 1943 Curt Blefary [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Gary Matthews, American baseball player (1973 NL rookie of year), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1951 Rich "Goose" Gossage, American Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1951 Johnny Rodgers, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1972, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Grey Cup C'ship 1974, Montreal Alouettes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1954 John Wright, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92), born in Darfield, New Zealand
  • 1955 Peter McNamara, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1979, Wimbledon doubles 1980, 82), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2019)
  • 1956 James Lofton, American NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders), born in Fort Ord, California

  • 1957 David Pinkney, British Touring car racer, born in Bridlington, England
  • 1957 Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada
  • 1959 Tim Shaw, South African cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991), born in Empangeni, South Africa
  • 1965 Lucy Han, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-7th-1994), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966 Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer and coach (Chelsea), born in Oliena, Italy
  • 1967 Tim Worrell, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1968 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968 Nate Singleton, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Shahid Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour), born in Multan, Pakistan
  • 1968 Alex Zülle, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Wil, Switzerland
  • 1969 John LeClair, American NHL left wing (first American-born player to score 50 goals in 3 straight NHL seasons; Philadelphia Flyers), born in St Albans, Vermont
  • 1970 Doug Bochtler, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Donna Faber, American tennis star, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1971 Derek McInnes, Scottish footballer and manager (Aberdeen), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1972 Robert Esmie, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973 Christy Rowe, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1973 Michal Sýkora, Czech NHL defenseman (San Jose Sharks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Marcus Allbäck, Swedish footballer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1973 René Spies, German bobsledder, born in Winterberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • 1974 Márcio Amoroso, Brazilian footballer, born in Brasília, Brazil

  • 1975 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975 Chris Gratton, Canadian NHL center (Canada World C'ships gold 1997; Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1975 Hernán Crespo, Argentine soccer striker, coach (Argentina 64 caps, 35 goals; Parma, Chelsea, Banfield), born in Florida Este, Argentina
  • 1976 Nuno Gomes, Portuguese footballer, born in Amarante, Portugal
  • 1977 Nicolas Kiefer, German tennis player, born in Holzminden, West Germany
  • 1979 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Mihaylovgrad, Bulgaria
  • 1979 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • 1980 David Rozehnal, Czech soccer defender (Czech Rep. 60 caps; PSG, Lille), born in Šternberk, Czech Republic
  • 1981 Jesse Crain, Canadian baseball player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1982 Alberto Gilardino, Italian footballer and coach (Rezzato), born in Biella, Italy
  • 1982 Philippe Gilbert, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Verviers, Wallonia, Belgium
  • 1983 Zheng Jie, Chinese tennis player (Olympic bronze 2008), born in Chengdu, China

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1985 Megan Rapinoe, American pro soccer player (American co-captain), born in Redding, California

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  • 1995 P.V. [Pusarla Venkata] Sindhu, Indian badminton player, first Indian woman to win a silver medal (2016), born in Hyderabad, India