Birthdays in Sport on June 24

Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

1842 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1882 Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

1895 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1901 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, born in Azalia, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • 1911 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (world F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), born in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1927 Joseph Pierce Jr, horse trainer
  • 1931 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Bob Holthus, horse trainer
  • 1938 Boris Lagutin, USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1938 Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Graham McKenzie, cricketer (prolific Australian pace bowler 1961-71)
  • 1945 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • 1951 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1955 Loren Lloyd Roberts, San Luis Obispo CA, PGA golfer (Nestle-1994, 95)
  • 1959 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1960 Juli Inkster, LPGA golfer (Dinah Shore-1984, 89), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1960 Nate Carr, freestyle wrestler (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Erie Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1961 Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
  • 1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1963 Duval Love, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1964 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Patrick Jeffrey, diver (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1965 Shane Churla, Fernie, NHL right wing (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1965 Uwe Krupp, NHL defenceman (Colo Avalanche, Germany 98), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1966 John Randle, Chicoutimi Que, golfer (1992 Canadian Tour Fall-3rd)
  • 1967 Bill Huard, Welland, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1967 Olaf Hampel, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Rhein Fire)
  • 1969 Melissa Gurney, California, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
  • 1969 Sean Maye, 400m/800m runner
  • 1969 Todd Lewis, 10k runner, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • 1970 Carlos Yancy, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Jose Simon, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • 1973 Jere Lehtinen, Espoo Fin, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1973 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1974 Adam Treu, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Carrie Zarse, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Marek Malik, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1976 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Cliff Bayer, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Dimosthenis Dikoudis, Greek basketball player
  • 1978 Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • 1978 Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • 1978 Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 Kevin Nolan, English footballer
  • 1982 Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 J.J. Redick, American basketball player
  • 1986 Stuart Broad, English cricketer
  • 1986 Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • 1987 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer

Person of interestLionel Messi

1987 Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer striker (5 FIFA Ballon d’Or, FC Barcelona), born in Rosario, Argentina

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 1990 Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 2001 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania