On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 1

  • 1879 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • 1898 Curtis Stevens, American 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1901 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), born in Charters Towers, Australia (d. 1978)
  • 1916 Ki Aldrich, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (TCU; Pro Bowl 1939, 42; Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1922 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1989)
  • 1926 Johnny Berry, English soccer right winger (4 caps; Manchester United, Birmingham City), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), born in Marchegg, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Barling, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Frank Cameron MBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (19 Tests; 62 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1933 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Jim George, American weightlifter (Olympic silver light heavyweight 1960; bronze 1956; WR snatch, clean & jerk 1956), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Randy Hundley Jr., American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1969; Gold Glove Award 1967; Chicago Cubs), born in Martinsville, Virginia

  • 1945 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Tom Sneva, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1983; USAC C'ship 1977, 78, 82-83), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1952 Şenol Güneş, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Trabzonspor) and manager (Trabzonspor, Bursaspor, Beşiktaş, Turkey), born Trabzon, Turkey
  • 1955 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), born in Fukushima, Japan (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • 1959 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • 1960 Vladimir Krutov, Russian ice hockey forward (Canada Cup 1981; Olympic gold 1984, 88; World C'ship gold 1981, 82, 83, 86, 89; Vancouver Canucks 1989-90), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1960 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1961 John Huston, American golfer (US Masters 1990 3rd, 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

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1961 Paul Coffey, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Norris Trophy 1984–85, 1985–86, 1994–95; 14 x NHL All Star; Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87-Edmonton, 1991-Pittsburgh), born in Weston, Ontario

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  • 1961 Werner Günthör, Swiss athlete (World C'ship gold, shot put 1987, 91, 93; Olympic bronze 1988), born in Uttwil, Switzerland
  • 1962 Sherri Howard, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m hurdles 1984), born in Sherman, Texas
  • 1965 Nigel Short MBE, English chess grandmaster, columnist, coach, commentator (Vice-President FIDE; World #3 1988-89), born in Leigh, England
  • 1965 Larisa Lazutina, Russian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 4×5 km relay 1994, 3 x gold 1998; 10 x gold World C'ships), born in Kondopoga, Russia
  • 1965 Olga Nazarova, Russian athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 4x400m relay 1991), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1966 Greg Schiano, American football coach (College: Rutgers; NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Wyckoff, New Jersey
  • 1968 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1969 Ari Sulander, Finnish ice hockey goaltender (World C'ship gold 1995; Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1969 Erin Hartwell, American time trial cyclist (Olympic bronze/silver-92, 96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Luis García Postigo, Mexican soccer striker (79 caps; UNAM, Atlético Madrid, Real Sociedad) and commentator (TV Azteca), born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1970 Alexi Lalas, American soccer defender (96 caps; NE Revolution, LA Galaxy), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1971 Tony Sanneh, American soccer utility (43 caps; Hertha BSC, 1. FC Nürnberg, D.C. United; LA Galaxy), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1972 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • 1972 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1973 Frédérik Deburghgraeve, Belgian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 1996 WR 1:00.60), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • 1973 Derek Lowe, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2000, 02; no-hitter 2002; Boston Red Sox), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1974 Akis Zikos, Greek soccer midfielder (18 caps; Skoda Xanthi, AEK Athens, Monaco), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1974 Michael Rasmussen, Danish road cyclist (best climber classification Tour de France 2005, 06), born in Tølløse, Denmark
  • 1976 Marlon Devonish, MBE, English athlete (Olympic gold GB 4x100m relay 2004; World Indoor C'ship gold 200m 2003), born in Coventry, England
  • 1979 Santana Moss, American NFL wide receiver / punt returner (Pro Bowl 2005; New York Jets, Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Ladislav Nagy, Slovak ice hockey left wing (World C'ship gold 2002; NHL: SL Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, LA Kings) born in Šaca, Slovakia
  • 1981 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • 1982 Justine Henin, Belgian tennis player (7 x Grand Slam singles titles; Olympic gold 2004; WTA Tour C'ship 2006, 07; 43 x WTA singles titles), born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1984 Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar, Mongolian judoka (Olympic gold -100kg 2008; silver 2012; first Mongolian Olympic gold medallist), born in Saikhan sum, Bulgan Province, Mongolia
  • 1984 Jean Beausejour, Chilean soccer left wing-back (107 caps; Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Universidad de Chile) born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1985 Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopian athlete (5,000m WR 14:11.15 2008; Olympic gold 5000m, 10000m 2008; 10000m 2012), born in Bekoji, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • 1985 Dinesh Karthik, Indian cricket wicket-keeper and batsman (26 Tests, 63 dismissals; 94 ODI; 32 T20I), born in Udangudi, India
  • 1986 Ben Smith, New Zealand rugby union utility back (84 caps; Otago, Highlanders, Pau), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1987 Yarisley Silva, Cuban pole vaulter (World C'ship gold 2015; Olympic silver 2012), born in San Luis, Cuba
  • 1988 Javier Hernández, Mexican soccer striker (109 caps; Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1990 Carlota Ciganda, Spanish golfer (US Open 2018 3rd; 2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Pamplona, Spain