On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 4

  • 1887 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1902 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1915 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), born in Lincoln, Canterbury (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Cecil Blacker, British Army officer, born in York, England (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Antonio Puchades, Spanish soccer midfielder (23 caps; Valencia 256 games), born in Sueca, Spain (d. 2013)
  • 1932 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all Grand Tours), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Art Mahaffey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star (1961, 1961², 1962²; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (US Open 1974, du Maurier Classic 1982, LPGA C'ship 1965, 74), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1947 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), born in Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England
  • 1948 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1950 Brian Rose, English cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1951 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1956 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • 1956 Terry Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Euclid, Ohio
  • 1956 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1957 Tony Peña, Dominican baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • 1958 Tony Pigott, English cricketer (England pace bowler in a Test v NZ 1984), born in Fulham, London, England
  • 1959 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish racing cyclist, born in Śrem, Poland
  • 1963 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • 1963 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1964 Steve Searcy, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1965 Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player (10 WTA titles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1965 Kurt Stillwell, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Tim Perry, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1965 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 1966 Nick Kypreos, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967 Scott Servais, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Regi Blinker, soccer player (Feyenoord)

  • 1969 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 Tine Moberg-Parker, Canada Europe class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1970 Gary Lynagh, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Ronnie Harris, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Patrick Scott, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Derian Hatcher, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 1973 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Doug Colman, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Darin Erstad, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1974 James Miller, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Johnny Taylor, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1975 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnast (Olympic-92)
  • 1975 Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)
  • 1975 Henry Burris, American Football Quarterback
  • 1977 Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • 1977 Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • 1977 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • 1979 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • 1980 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
  • 1984 Ian White, Canadian hockey player
  • 1985 Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • 1985 Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • 1988 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • 1992 Earvin Johnson III, son of NBA forward Magic Johnson, born in Los Angeles, California