On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 6

  • 1884 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1909 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Prior Jones, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52), born in Princes Town, Trinidad (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), born in Farnworth, Lancashire, (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Handley, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1942 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • 1943 Asif Iqbal, Pakistani cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1943 Ken Hatfield, American football player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas

Person of interestTommie Smith

1944 Tommie Smith, American athlete and 200m sprinter who was the 1st to break the 20-second barrier (performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic gold medal in 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas

Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist Tommie Smith
Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist
Tommie Smith
  • 1947 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • 1947 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • 1951 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Person of interestBjörn Borg

1956 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player (11-time Grand Slam winner), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1957 Mike Gatting, English cricket batsman (79 Tests, captain 1986-88), born in Kingsbury, England
  • 1959 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1963 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1963 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1965 Sally McDermid, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Wendy Wiebe, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in St Catharines, Ontario,

Person of interestCam Neely

1965 Cam Neely, NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • 1966 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1967 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Wasim Haider, cricketer (member Pakistan's 1992 World Cup squad)
  • 1968 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1968 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1969 Mike Croel, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer (Indian Test left-arm spinner 1996-2001), born in Gadag, Karnataka, India
  • 1970 Albert Ferrer, Spanish soccer defender, coach (Spain 36 caps, FC Barcelona, Chelsea), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1972 Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 1972 Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario

  • 1972 Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1972 Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • 1973 Ashfaq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan pace bowler 1993-)
  • 1973 Jamie Wilson, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Jon Hesse, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Olindo Mare, kicker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Brooke Wilkins, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974 Patrick Hape, tight end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Niklas Sundstrom, Ornskoldsvik Swe, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1976 Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder
  • 1977 David Connolly, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • 1987 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer, born in Karachi, Pakistan