On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 5

  • 1874 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 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 cricketer (England leggie, bowled Bradman), 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, baseball player
  • 1916 Syd Barnes, cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's)
  • 1920 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • 1925 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (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 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • 1934 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • 1936 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • 1938 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1940 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)

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 "Bo" Burton Jr, bowler/sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour)
  • 1944 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)

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

Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist John Carlos
Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist
John Carlos
  • 1950 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (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, Marshall Mich, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Bob Probert, Windsor, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965 Edward Hartman, Skalica CZE, hockey goalie (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966 Bill Spiers, 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, Shawinigan, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1970 Todd Burger, American NFL player (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Takaya Tsubobayashi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1973 Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1973 Lamon Brewster, American boxer
  • 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 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • 1979 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • 1980 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player
  • 1983 Bill Bray, American baseball player
  • 1983 Marques Colston, American football player
  • 1985 Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist
  • 1992 Emily Seebohm, Australian Swimmer