On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 6

  • 1818 Adolf Anderssen, German world chess champion (1851-66), born in Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1879)
  • 1884 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), born in Oakdale, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1890 Andy Sandham, English cricketer (Test cricket's 1st triple centurion), born in Streatham, London (d. 1982)
  • 1893 Wilton St Hill, West Indian cricketer (3 Tests 1928-30), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1957)
  • 1917 Hugo Yarnold, English cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire), born in Worchester, England (d. 1974)
  • 1917 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1931 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), born in Košice, Slovakia (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Frank Austin, English footballer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1937 Tony Lewis, Welsh cricketer (England batsman, captain 1972-73), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1939 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Man Mohan Sood, Indian cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1939 Mary Peters, English pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972), born in Halewood, Lancashire
  • 1940 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Gunhild Hoffmeister, East German 800m/1500m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Forst, Germany

  • 1944 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, born in Lossiemouth, Moray (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Fred Dryer, American NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1947 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Brad Park, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1950 Sultan Rakhmanov, Russian super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980), born in Turtkul, Karakalpak ASSR

Person of interestWillie Randolph

1954 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1956 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • 1957 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1958 Mark Benson, English cricketer (played Test England v India 1986, 30 & 21), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • 1959 Tahir Naqqash, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1960 Caroll-Ann Alie, Canadian sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1960 Jozef Pribilinec, Czech speed walker (Olympic gold 1988, world record 10K), born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • 1960 Lauri Merten, American golfer (US Open 1993), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 1960 Valerie Brisco-Hooks, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m, 400m relay 1984), born in Greenwood Mississippi
  • 1961 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, American 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1963 Edwin Gorter, Dutch soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht), born in Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 1964 Lillie Leatherwood, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1965 Tim Camargo, American jockey, born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1967 David Whitmore, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Daingerfield, Texas
  • 1967 Omar Olivares, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 Alvin Harper, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1968 Anthony Kershler, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1969 Sophia Witherspoon, American WNBA guard (NY Liberty), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1970 Antonio Harvey, American NBA center/forward (LA Clippers), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1971 Adam Laurent, Santa Cruz California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Owen Lance Bill Hughes, Palmerston North NZ, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Billy Davis, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1972 Greg Norton, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in San Leandro, California
  • 1974 Steve Sullivan, Canadian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974 Zé Roberto, Brazilian footballer (Palmeiras), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1976 Nikki Mott, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Con Blatsis, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer, born in Mdingi, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1978 Rachel Rochelli, American gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Barcelona
  • 1981 Nicole Kantek, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1986 Derrick Williams, American football player
  • 2000 Zion Williamson, American basketball power forward (2019 NBA Draft: #1 pick New Orleans Pelicans), born in Salisbury, North Carolina