On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 21

  • 1866 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Marlhill, Ireland (d. 1907)
  • 1866 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1884 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), born in Edgbaston, England (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1907 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Eddie Lopat, American baseball player (NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Jim McConnon, English cricketer (England off-spinner against Pakistan 1954), born in Burnopfield, England (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, born in Victor, Iowa (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Agha Saadat Ali, Pakistani cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • 1937 John Edrich, English cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965), born in Blofield, Norfolk, England
  • 1938 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Charlie Moore Jr., American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1954 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1955 Michel Platini, French footballer, born in Jœuf, France
  • 1956 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1956 Rick Sutcliffe, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1957 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1962 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963 Jeff Musselman, baseball player
  • 1963 Mike Sherrard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1967 Derrick Coleman, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1967 Michele Smith, Califon NJ, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1967 Robert Drummond, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1968 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1968 Henry Newby, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969 Chris Perez, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1969 Donovan Osborne, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Roseville, California
  • 1970 Brandon Moore, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 John Roethlisberger, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Afton, Minnesota
  • 1971 Nicole Stevenson, Australian backstroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1971 Tyrone Drakeford, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1972 Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Heath Rylance, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973 Merlakia Jones, WNBA guard/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1973 Sammie Burroughs, linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Frank Vogel, American basketball head coach (LA Lakers 2019, Indiana Pacers 2011-16; Orlando Magic 2016-18), born in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
  • 1974 Rob Kelly, American football safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • 1974 Craig Lowndes, Australian racing driver
  • 1976 Antonio Cochran, American football player
  • 1976 Nigel Lappin, Australian Rules Football defender (Brisbane Lions premiers 2001-03), born in Corowa, New South Wales
  • 1978 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • 1978 Matt Kuchar, American golfer (British Open 2017 runner-up), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • 1980 Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Richard Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1981 Yann Danis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Anthony Morelli, American football player
  • 1985 Byron Schammer, AFL footballer
  • 1987 Dale Thomas, AFL footballer
  • 1987 Sebastian Prödl, Austrian footballer