On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 22

  • 1713 Lord John Philip Sackville, English cricketer (d. 1765)
  • 1837 Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1855 Samuel Morris, Australian cricketer (1st black Australian player), born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1931)
  • 1876 H. Guy Bedwell, American thoroughbred trainer (North American champion in wins x 7; earnings 1918-19; first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • 1884 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)
  • 1885 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • 1900 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Carl Hubbell, American baseball pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA, born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Richard Fanshawe, English equestrian 3 day eventing (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • 1911 Marie Braun, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1920 Chandu Sarwate, Indian cricketer (batted in 9 Tests for India 1946-52), born in Sagar, British India (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Marea Hartman, English athletics Administrator, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Jimmy Cameron, Jamaican cricketer (WI batsman 1948-49), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Bob Bennett, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Fresno State 1970-2002; record 1,302-759-4), born in Atwood, Oklahoma (d. 2020)

  • 1935 Vaman Kumar, Indian cricketer ( leggie who only played 2 Tests), born in Madras, India
  • 1939 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1944 Michael Obst, German coxsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in German FR
  • 1947 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)

Person of interestPete Maravich

1947 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1948 Nolan Clarke, Barbados cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • 1948 Sue Roberts, American golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1953 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1956 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • 1957 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • 1961 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey

Person of interestClyde Drexler

1962 Clyde "Glide" Drexler, NBA Guard (Houston Rockets, Port Trailblazers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1963 Randy Couture, American mixed martial artist (3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1964 Greg Anderson, NBA forward/center (San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1964 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
  • 1964 Nico Jalink, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, NAC)
  • 1965 Ľubomír Moravčík, Slovakian footballer
  • 1966 Camille Benjamin, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966 Meyrick Pringle, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests; 17 ODI), born in Adelaide, Cape Province
  • 1966 Paul Randolph, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)

  • 1967 Al Carlay, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1967 Eric Green, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967 Mark van Hintum, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1968 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • 1969 Derek Russell, NFL wide receiver (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Anne "Annie" Summertime Kakela, US rower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1970 David Frisch, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Rastko Cvetkovic, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1971 Brant Brown, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Porterville, California
  • 1971 Laryssa Biesenthal, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Walkertown, Ontario
  • 1971 Kurt Warner, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1999 [MVP], St. Louis Rams; Pro Bowl (1999–2001, 08), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1973 Benjamin Fairbrother, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1974 Mark Wetges, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1978 Champ Bailey, American football player
  • 1978 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
  • 1979 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • 1979 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • 1981 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1982 Ian Kinsler, American baseball player
  • 1984 Jerome Taylor, West Indies international cricketer
  • 1984 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player
  • 1984 Dustin Johnson, American golfer (US Open 2016; Ryder Cup 2010, 12, 16, 18), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1985 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1986 Ramin Ott, American Samoan football player, born in Pago Pago, America Samoa
  • 1988 Kieran Lee, English football player