On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 5

  • 1874 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 games 1904), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1879 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • 1912 Eric Hollies, English cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 44 wickets; dismissed Donald Bradman for 0 in his final Test innings), born in Old Hill, Staffordshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Eddie Joost, American baseball player and manager (Philadelphia Athletics), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • 1916 Sid Barnes, Australian cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's), born in Annandale,, Australia (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Lancelot Pierre, West Indian cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Art Donovan 'The Bulldog', American NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in Santa Clara, California (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Ronnie Dawson, Irish rugby player (Captain of Irish and Lions team), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1934 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Kelly Seymour, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70), born in Kokstad, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Tiger Lance, South African cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67) (d. 2010)

Person of interestRobert Kraft

1941 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft

  • 1942 Nelson Burton Jr, American ten-pin bowler and sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)

Person of interestJohn Carlos

1945 John Carlos, American sprinter who performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic bronze medal in 1968, born in Harlem, New York

Track & Field athlete and Civil Rights Activist John Carlos
Track & Field athlete and Civil Rights Activist
John Carlos
  • 1950 Adrian Cosma, Romanian handballer (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1954 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • 1955 Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
  • 1961 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 1964 Laura Charameda, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Marshall, Michigan
  • 1965 Bob Probert, Canadian NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1965 Edward Hartman, Slovakian hockey goalie (Team Slovakia), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1966 Bill Spiers, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1967 Joe Deloach, American 200m runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1967 Matt Bullard, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Ray Lankford, Modesto California, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1970 Martin Gelinas, Canadian NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • 1970 Todd Burger, American NFL player (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Takaya Tsubobayashi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1973 Brady Smith, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1973 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1973 Lamon Brewster, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2004-2006), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1973 Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 1974 Russ Ortiz, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1975 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuanian American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kaunas, Lithuania SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1977 Chantal Lefebvre, Canadian, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Ville LaSalle, Quebec
  • 1978 Fernando Meira, Portuguese football player
  • 1979 Jason White, American NASCAR driver, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1980 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player, born in Trat, Thailand
  • 1983 Bill Bray, American MLB player, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1983 Marques Colston, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1985 Kenny De Ketele, Belgian racing cyclist (2012 World Champion), born in Oudenaarde, Belgium
  • 1992 Emily Seebohm, Australian Swimmer, born in Adelaide, Aistralia