On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 13

  • 1879 George Gunn, English cricketer (elegant English batsman 1907-30), born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1894 Watson Washburn, American tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon doubles 1924, US Nationals 1921, 23; founder International Tennis Hall of Fame), born in NYC, NY (d. 1973)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

1897 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Person of interestRed Grange

1903 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 1905 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), born in Nawanagar State, Kathiawar, British India (d. 1959)
  • 1911 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1915 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder (26 caps; AS Roma; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Marcel Lachemann, American MLB manager and pitching coach (Oakland Athletics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
  • 1944 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991), born in Exeter, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive, born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1950 Gerd Zewe, German football player and manager, born in Stennweiler, West Germany

Person of interestMike Weaver

1951 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1954 Daniel Seemiller, American table tennis player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Alan Hansen, Scottish football player and BBC television football pundit, born in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
  • 1962 Hannah Storm, American sports journalist (CNN, NBC), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1962 Karen Kurreck, Urbana Ill, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Davey Hamilton, American auto racer and broadcaster, (Indycar Series runner-up 1996-97, 98), born in Nampa, Idaho
  • 1963 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland
  • 1963 Catarina Lindqvist, Swedish tennis player (Swedish Open 1986), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • 1963 Edward Sturing, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1963 Randy Gilhen, Canadian-German ice hockey forward (Stanley Cup 1991, Pittsburgh Penguins; first German-born player to win SC), born in Zweibrücken, West Germany
  • 1964 Jennifer Gillom, American WNBA center and forward (Phoenix Mercury/Olympic gold 1988), born in Abbeville, Mississippi
  • 1964 Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Lithuanian NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1965 Maninder Singh, Indian cricketer (Indian leftarm spinner in 35 Tests 1982-93), born in Pune, India
  • 1966 Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1967 Darren Baker, Chambersburg PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Bruce Beaton, CFL corner (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1968 Fabio Baldato, Italian cyclist, born in Lonigo, Italy
  • 1969 Robert Harris, American former NFL defensive end (NY Giants), born in Riviera Beach, Florida
  • 1969 Svetlana Krivelyova, Russian shot put athlete (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bryansk, Russia
  • 1970 Chris Cairns, New Zealand cricketer (son of Lance, NZ all-rounder), born in Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

  • 1970 Lance Ringnald, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1970 Shaun Young, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian all-rounder, Young Aust 1995), born in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1970 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1972 Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1973 Ines Gorrochategui, Cordoba Arg, tennis star (1991 Futures-Brindisi)
  • 1973 Kano Hills, tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Sam Adams, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1974 Elli Overton, Canadian Australian swimmer (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • 1974 Harvey Esajas, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1974 Valeri Bure, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1975 Dave Roche, Lindsay, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1975 Riccardo Scimeca, English footballer
  • 1977 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1979 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • 1980 Florent Malouda, French footballer
  • 1980 Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver
  • 1980 Darius Vassell, English footballer
  • 1982 Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopian athlete
  • 1983 Matt Allison, British racing driver
  • 1983 Jason Spezza, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Nery Castillo, Mexican-Uruguayan footballer
  • 1985 Danny Syvret, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver
  • 1988 In-Kyung Kim, South Korean golfer (British Open 2017), born in Seoul, South Korea