On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 12

  • 1833 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1871)
  • 1861 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), born in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Myrtle McAteer, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1900), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1952)
  • 1905 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1930 Donald Byrne, American chess player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1930 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada'a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Ian Craig, Australian cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests), born in Yass, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Geoff Griffin, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; first RSA Test hat-trick 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1947 Ron Freeman, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m, bronze 400m 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1948 Norbert Phillip, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 28 wickets), born in Bioche, Dominica
  • 1948 Hans Binder, Austrian auto racer (European Formula Ford C'ship 1972), born in Innsbruck, Austria

  • 1949 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Granby, Quebec, Canada
  • 1952 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1956 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia
  • 1957 Javed Miandad, Pakistani cricket captain (124 Tests, 8,832 runs), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1960 Mark Calcavecchia, American golfer (British Open 1989; 13 PGA Tour titles), born in Laurel, Nebraska
  • 1961 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1963 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1963 Philippe Bugalski, French rally driver (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Peter Such, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1993-), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • 1964 Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1965 Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1965 Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2020)
  • 1967 Neil Maxwell, Fijian cricketer (all-rounder for Fiji 1990, Victoria & NSW), born in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
  • 1968 Patty Armstrong, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1968 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1969 Mathieu Schneider, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders, Toronto), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Damon Buford, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1970 Lee Mayberry, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Florencia Labat, Argentine tennis star (1992 Austrian), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971 Iwan Tomasz, Polish soccer player (Roda JC, Feyenoord), born in Słupsk, Poland
  • 1971 Mark Henry, American 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlifter, born in Silsbee, Texas
  • 1971 Ryan Klesko, American MLB outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Westminster, California
  • 1971 David Defiagbon, Nigerian-Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria (d. 2018)
  • 1972 Inger Miller, American 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)
  • 1972 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC), born in Woerden, Netherlands
  • 1973 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1973 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • 1973 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1974 Kerry Kittles, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1974 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player, born in Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan
  • 1975 Ryan Tucker, American NFL center (St Louis Rams), born in Midland, Texas
  • 1976 Thomas Sørensen, Danish football goalkeeper, born in Fredericia, Denmark
  • 1979 Dallas Clark, American NFL tight end, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1980 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player, born in Padua, Veneto, Italy
  • 1982 Loïc Duval, French racing driver (Audi Sport), born in Chartres, France
  • 1982 Jason David, American NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1983 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983 Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player (Portland Thorns FC), born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1985 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1992 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player (Barcelona), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil