On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 7

  • 1856 George Hearne, cricketer (brother of Frank and Alec, Test for England)
  • 1902 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), born in Nettlingen, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 1992)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

1921 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1933 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1944 Tony Jacklin, English golfer (British Open 1969, US Open 1970), born in Scunthorpe, England
  • 1946 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1948 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1955 Len Barker, American baseball player, born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • 1958 Michael Marx, American foil and epee fencer (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Barbara Bierman, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Ralph Sampson, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1984–87; Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1963 Lance Johnson, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1963 Naved Anjum, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder, two Tests 1989-90), born in Lahore, Pakistan

  • 1966 Hector Burba, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Jeff Shaw, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Washington Court House, Ohio
  • 1967 Alfred Jackson, American CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Caldwell, Texas
  • 1967 Erik van der More, football player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1967 Tom Kristensen, Danish race car driver, born in Hobro, Denmark
  • 1968 Chuck Knoblauch, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Reggie Cobb, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Person of interestJoe Sakic

1969 Joe Sakic, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002) and executive (GM Colorado Avalanche), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 1969 Sylke Otto, German luger, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1970 Michael McCrary, American NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • 1970 Min Patel, Indian-born English cricketer (in Mumbai England left-arm spinner v India 1996), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1970 Wayne McCullough, Irish boxer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Erik Zabel, German cyclist, born in East Berlin
  • 1972 Aldi Henry, Canadian CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Darnay Scott, American NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Lisa Leslie, American WNBA center (LA Sparks)/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gardena, California
  • 1972 Michael Westbrook, American NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Stoney Case, American NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1972 Manfred Stohl, Austrian rally driver, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1973 Matt Mantei, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1973 Kārlis Skrastiņš, Latvian ice hockey player, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2011)
  • 1974 Patrick Lalime, Canadian NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Saint-Bonaventure, California
  • 1975 Tony Benshoof, American luger, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1976 Dominic Foley, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1979 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter, born in Corfu, Greece
  • 1979 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Michele Kwan, American figure skater (World C'ship gold women's singles 1996, 98, 2000, 01, 03; Olympic silver 1998; bronze 2002), born in Torrance, California
  • 1980 John Buck, American baseball player, born in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Person of interestMS Dhoni

1981 MS Dhoni [Mahendra Singh Dhoni], Indian cricketer, wicket-keeper batsman and captain of India (ODI: 2007-16, Test: 2008-14), born in Ranchi, Bihar, India

Cricketer MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
  • 1982 George Owu, Ghanaian footballer, born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1984 Minas Alozidis, Greek hurdler
  • 1984 Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
  • 1995 Ko Jin-young, South Korean golfer (ANA Inspiration, Evian C'ship 2019), born in Seoul, South Korea