On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 29

  • 1880 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1889 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (New York Giants), born in Tarboro, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1933 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), born in Kyōtango Kyoto, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1936 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Alan Connolly, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler through 60s), born in Skipton, Victoria, Australia
  • 1939 Ron Headley, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; son of WI great George Headley; Worcestershire), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1941 Margitta Gummel, German shot putter (Olympic gold 1968), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1941 John Boccabella, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1943 Pedro Pablo León, Peruvian soccer forward (49 caps; Alianza Lima), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Jeff Moss, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v Pakistan 1979), born in Melbourne, Australia

  • 1949 Dan Dierdorf, American football offensive lineman and sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1952 Joe Johnson, English snooker player, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • 1954 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1956 Pedro Guerrero, Dominican MLB player (LA Dodgers), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1958 Rosa Mota, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1960 Sergei Kopylov, Soviet cyclist (Olympic gold 1980), born in Tula, Soviet Union
  • 1964 Pepper Johnson, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Cleveland Browns), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1965 Paul Jarvis, English cricketer (England pace bowler 1988-93), born in Redcar, Yorkshire, England
  • 1966 John Part, Canadian darts player and commentator (PDC World Champion 2003, 08), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 John Wehner, American MLB infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Theoren Fleury, Canadian NHL right wing (Calgary Flames, Canada), born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1969 Erik Tammer, American soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1969 Simon Brown, English cricketer (Durham pace bowler, England 1996), born in Cleadon, County Durham
  • 1970 Troy Drayton, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Steelton, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1971 Dennis Gerritsen, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Amsterdam
  • 1971 Mike Sillinger, Canadian NHL right wing (Vanc Canucks, Anaheim Ducks), born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1971 Wendee Espinosa, female outfielder (Silver Bullets), born in Stockton, California
  • 1973 George Hincapie, American road cyclist (Olympics-76th-92, 96), born in Queens, New York
  • 1975 Mathew Gates, British-American dance skater (& Chalom-1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Hitchin, England
  • 1977 Sharon Cripps, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Andy O'Brien, Irish soccer defender (26 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newcastle United), born in Harrogate, England
  • 1979 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands
  • 1979 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)
  • 1980 Martin Truex Jr, American auto racer (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion 2017), born in Mayetta, New Jersey
  • 1981 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, born in Orán, Province of Salta, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • 1981 Joe Johnson, American basketball player, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1985 Quintin Demps, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1988 Éver Banega, Argentine footballer (Sevilla FC), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1990 Ryu So-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2011, ANA Inspiration 2017), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1991 Kawhi Leonard, American basketball forward (NBA champion, Finals MVP 2014), born in Los Angeles, CA