Birthdays in Sport on June 6

  • 1884 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Bill Dickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 7 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1909 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 1 wicket; Madras) and hockey representative, born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Prior Jones, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 25 wickets; Trinidad), 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, Irish rugby union lock (63 Tests Ireland, 17 British Lions; Ballymena RFC) and coach (1983 Lions tour to NZ), born in Toomebridge, 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 coach (Air Force, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, Rice University), born in Helena, Arkansas

Tommie SmithTommie Smith (78 years old)

1944 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

  • 1947 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1968; silver 100m butterfly, 4×100m medley 1964), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1947 Marion Coakes, English equestrian rider (World C'ship gold Individual Jumping 1965; Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, England
  • 1948 Vladimir Shadrin, Russian Hockey HOF centre (Olympic gold Soviet Union 1972, 76; 5 x World C'ship gold; HC Spartak Moscow, Oji Seishi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Noritake Takahara, Japanese auto racer (Japanese Formula 2000 1974, 76), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Björn BorgBjörn Borg (66 years old)

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

  • 1957 Mike Gatting, English Cricket Batsman (79 Tests, captain 1986-88), born in Kingsbury, England
  • 1959 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1961 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1963 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1963 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)

Cam NeelyCam Neely (57 years old)

1965 Canadian Hockey HOF right wing (5 x All Star; Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins) and executive (President Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

  • 1965 Sally McDermid, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Wendy Wiebe, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in St Catharines, Ontario,
  • 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 cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 41 wickets, 1 x 50; Karnataka, Royal Challengers Bangalore), born in Gadag, India
  • 1970 Albert Ferrer, Spanish soccer defender, coach (Spain 36 caps, FC Barcelona, Chelsea), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1972 Dulip Liyanage, Sri Lankan cricketer (right armed 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, American football kicker (Pro Bowl, All-Pro 1999; Miami Dolphins), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 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, English skateboarder (co-owner Flip Skateboards; Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" 2000), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1977 David Connolly, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • 1987 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer, born in Karachi, Pakistan