On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 8

  • 1859 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1878 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), born in Croy, Scotland (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 1923 Harrison Dillard, American sprinter (4 Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestRoone Arledge

1931 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 1935 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Marion, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • 1949 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1952 Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • 1952 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • 1956 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1957 Clyde Butts, Guyanan cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • 1960 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympic gold 88, bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1963 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1963 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1963 Pablo Magallon, jockey

  • 1964 Alexei Gusarov, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1968 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1969 Bobby Ayala, Oxnard CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1969 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-4th-1995)
  • 1970 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Person of interestTodd Martin

1970 Todd Martin, American Tennis Star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 1971 Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1972 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972 Jay Bellamy, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1972 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • 1972 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1976 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Staci Wilson, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1976 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1977 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • 1980 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player (2004 French Open), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Hakim Warrick, American basketball player (Leones de Ponce, Memphis Grizzlies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Jaroslav Janiš, Czech racing car driver
  • 1983 John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1986 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Kevin Chappell, American golfer (US Open 2011 3rd), born in Fresno, California
  • 1991 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands