On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 7

  • 1902 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)

Satchel Paige

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)

Ezzard Charles

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

  • 1933 Murray Halberg, New Zealand middle-distance runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Eketāhuna, New Zealand
  • 1941 Marco Bollesan, Italian rugby union number 8 (47 caps; CUS Genova, Partenope) and coach (Italy 1985-88), born in Venice, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Tony Jacklin, English golfer (British Open 1969, US Open 1970), born in Scunthorpe, England
  • 1944 Jürgen Grabowski, German soccer midfielder/forward (44 caps West Germany; Eintracht Frankfurt 441 games), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 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 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

Joe 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

  • 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, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Kent CCC, Central Districts CA), 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
  • 1978 Leonardo Morales, Venezuelan soccer goalkeeper (26 caps; Carabobo, Zulia), born in El Tigre, Venezuela
  • 1979 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter, born in Corfu, Greece
  • 1979 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Michelle 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 MLB baseball catchrr, 2004-14 (Kansas City Royals, and six other teams), born in Kemmerer, Wyoming

MS Dhoni

1981 MS Dhoni, Indian cricket wicket-keeper and captain (90 Tests, 6 x 100, HS 224, 294 dismissals; Bihar, Jharkhand, Chennai Super Kings), born in Jharkhand, India

  • 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