On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 24

Ambrose Bierce

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

  • 1882 Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)

Jack Dempsey

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

  • 1901 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), born in Azalia, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Ernest Leslie Bouts, English motor-racing driver
  • 1907 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), born in Syracuse, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 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)
  • 1919 Don Salls, American football linebacker (Alabama) and coach (Jacksonville State University 1946-52, 1954-64), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • 1924 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1931 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Sam Jones, American College/Basketball HOF guard (North Carolina Central Uni; 10 × NBA C'ships; NBA All-Star 1962, 64–66, 68; Boston Celtics), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Boris Lagutin, Soviet light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1938 Don Mincher, American MLB 1st baseman, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Graham McKenzie, Australian cricket fast bowler (60 Tests, 246 wickets; WA CA, Leicestershire CCC), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1943 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Terry Donahue, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (head coach UCLA 1976-96, record 151–74–8; Pac-10 Coach of the Year 1985, 93), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Betty Stove, Dutch tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • 1951 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 Ken Reitz, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1980; Gold Glove Award 1975; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1955 Loren Roberts, American golfer (British Senior Open 2006, 09; US Open 1994 runner-up), born in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 1957 Doug Jones, American baseball relief pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Covina, California (d. 2021)
  • 1958 T. C. Chen, Taiwanese golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 1959 Rob Delahaye, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in IJzeren, Netherlands
  • 1960 Juli Inkster, American golfer (7 LPGA major titles; US Open 1999, 2002), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1961 Bernie Nicholls, Canadian NHL center, 1981-99 (Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and 4 other teams), born in Haliburton, Ontario
  • 1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova, Soviet artistic gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rostov-on-Don, USSR
  • 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
  • 1967 Bill Huard, Welland, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1969 Sean Maye, American 400m/800m runner
  • 1969 Todd Lewis, American 10k runner, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Thabo Mngomeni, South African football player, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1973 Karen Stupples, English golfer (Women's British Open 2004), born in Dover, Kent
  • 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 and coach (West Ham), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1982 Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 JJ Redick, American basketball player and sport analyst, born in Cookeville, Tennessee
  • 1986 Stuart Broad, English cricketer (7th bowler to take 500 wickets in Test cricket), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1986 Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • 1987 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer, born in Brescia, Italy

Lionel Messi

1987 Lionel Messi, Argentine soccer striker (6 x FIFA Ballon d’Or; 6 x European Golden Shoes; 10 x La Liga titles; 4 x UEFA Champions League; 6 x Copas del Rey; FC Barcelona, PSG), born in Rosario, Argentina

  • 1990 Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1991 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatari athlete (Olympic gold high jump 2020; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Doha, Qatar
  • 2001 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania