On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 30

  • 1833 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), born in Wallyford, East Lothian (d. 1903)
  • 1890 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1941)
  • 1900 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1912 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1913 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (NY Titans), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946)), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Zeno Colò, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952), born in Abetone, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Mac Benson, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1930 W. C. Gorden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Jackson State University 1976-91, record 119–48–5), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Mike Smith, English cricket batsman and captain (50 Tests; last England dual international [1 rugby union cap]), born in Westcotes, Leicestershire
  • 1938 Billy Mills, 10k (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • 1938 William Mervin Mills, 10K runner (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • 1941 John Jameson, English cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai), born in Bombay, British India
  • 1941 Peter Pollock, South African cricketer (bro of Graeme/father of Shaun, S Af quickie), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
  • 1944 Ron Swoboda, American baseball outfielder and sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Eric Goetz, American shipbuilder (America's Cup 1995), born in NYC, New York

  • 1957 Sterling Marlin, American race car driver (NASCAR), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1959 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1960 Randy Ladouceur, Canadian NHL defenseman and coach (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada
  • 1961 Karolyn Kirby, American beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball player, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1965 Mitch Richmond, NBA guard (Sac Kings, Olympic gold 1988, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1965 Steve Duchesne, Canadian NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada
  • 1965 Gary Pallister, English footballer (Manchester United), born in Ramsgate, Kent, England

Person of interestMike Tyson

1966 Mike Tyson, American boxer (youngest ever heavyweight champion 1986-90, 20 years, 4 months, 22 days), born in Brooklyn, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1966 Louie Aguiar, American NFL punter (KC Chiefs), born in Livermore, California
  • 1967 Rudi Steyn, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1995), born in Kimberley, South Africa
  • 1967 Sheila Hudson, American triple jumper (US record 1992), born in Wurzburg, Germany
  • 1968 Dan Peltier, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Clifton Park, New York
  • 1968 Peter Miller, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1969 Jim Montgomery, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Ken Gernander, American NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Coleraine, Minnesota
  • 1969 Kristina Farrar Stookey, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Martha Vineyard, Massachusetts

Person of interestSanath Jayasuriya

1969 Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricket opening batsmen (MVP-1996 World Cup), born in Matara, Sri Lanka

  • 1970 Mark Grudzielanek, American MLB infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Ann Marsh, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Royal Oak, Michigan

  • 1972 Dan Comiskey, CFL guard (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Garret Anderson, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Tyrone Davis, American NFL tight end (NY Jets, Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Halifax, Virginia
  • 1973 Chan Ho Park, Kong Ju City Korea, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1973 Dodda Ganesh, Indian cricketer and pace bowler (Karnataka & India), born in Bengaluru, India
  • 1974 Melanie Lambert, American ice skater
  • 1974 Hezekiel Sepeng, Potchefstroom South Africa, South African athlete
  • 1975 Natasha Sturgess, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestRalf Schumacher

1975 Ralf Schumacher, German Formula 1 race car driver, born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • 1980 Rade Prica, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungby, Sweden
  • 1981 Can Artam, Turkish racing driver
  • 1981 Matt Kirk, Canadian football Player
  • 1981 Ben Utecht, American football Player
  • 1982 Mitch Maier, American baseball player
  • 1983 Marlin Jackson, American football player, born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer

Person of interestMichael Phelps

1985 Michael Phelps, American swimmer (record 23 Olympic gold medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1985 Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer
  • 1985 Cody Runnels, American wrestler
  • 1986 Victoria Crawford, American wrestler and model