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)
  • 1927 Shirley Fry, American tennis player (French Open 1951; Wimbledon,rnUS Open 1956; Australian Open 1957; 11 x Grand Slam doubles titles; world #1 1956), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 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, American 10k (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • 1940 Brian Aldridge, New Zealand cricket umpire (26 Tests, 45 ODIs), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1941 John Jameson, English cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai), born in Bombay, British India
  • 1941 Peter Pollock, South African cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 116 wickets, BB 6/38, 1 x 50; Eastern Province), born in Pietermaritzburg, 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 ice hockey defenseman, 1983-96 (Detroit Red Wings, captain: Hartford Whalers & Anaheim Mighty Ducks), and coach, born in Brockville, Ontario
  • 1961 Karolyn Kirby, American beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Tony Fernández, Dominican MLB baseball shortstop, 1983-2001, 5X All-Star, 4X Golden Glove (Toronto Blue Jays, and 6 other teams), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)
  • 1965 Mitch Richmond, American 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

Mike Tyson

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

  • 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, Canadian CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Jim Montgomery, Canadian 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

Sanath 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, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1972 Dan Comiskey, Canadian CFL guard (Grey Cup 2003, 05 Edmonton Eskimos; CFL All Star 2003, 06), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 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, South Korean pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Kong Ju City, Korea
  • 1973 Dodda Ganesh, Indian cricketer and pace bowler (Karnataka & India), born in Bengaluru, India
  • 1974 Hezekiel Sepeng, South African athlete, born in Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • 1975 Natasha Sturgess, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)

Ralf Schumacher

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

  • 1980 Rade Prica, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungby, Sweden
  • 1981 Can Artam, Turkish racing driver, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1982 Mitch Maier, American baseball player and coach, born in Petoskey, Michigan
  • 1983 Marlin Jackson, American football player, born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica

Michael Phelps

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

  • 1985 Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer, born in San Isidro, Argentina
  • 1985 Cody Runnels, American wrestler, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1986 Victoria Crawford [Alicia Fox], American wrestler and model, born in Ponte Vedra, Florida