On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 7

  • 1875 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), born in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (d. 1936)

Person of interestClarence DeMar

1888 Clarence DeMar [Mr. DeMarathon], American marathon runner and 7-time winner of the Boston Marathon, born in Madeira, Ohio (d. 1958)

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1893 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • 1899 John Hawkes, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles, doubles, mixed doubles 1926), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1913 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), born in Itapira, Brazil (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1954 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956 Robert Dover, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
  • 1958 Philippe Boccara, American kayaker (Olympics silver 1996; World C'ship gold 1985, 87, 90-91), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1962 Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleve Rockers, Olym-gold-1984)

  • 1962 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver, born in Ibaraki, Japan
  • 1964 Caroline Anne Hare, 5k/10k (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1964 Graeme Labrooy, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler in 9 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1966 Dan Payne, Canadian football tackle (Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders 1989; Toronto Argonauts 1996, 97; B.C. Lions 2000), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1967 Terance Mathis, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Melissa Coombes, American female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1969 Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1969 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970 Andrei Kovalenko, Russian NHL right wing (Quebec, Montreal, Edmonton), born in Balakovo, Russia
  • 1970 Mike Modano, Hockey Hall of Fame center (Dallas Stars; 8-time NHL All Star), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1970 Cafu, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 142 caps, Roma, AC Milan), born in Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil
  • 1971 Terrell Buckley, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Napoleon Kaufman, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973 Robert Barr, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1974 Jason Caswell, Skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1974 Mahesh Bhupathi, India, tennis pro
  • 1975 Allen Iverson, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1976 David Diaz, American light welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Marcin Baszczyński, Polish football player
  • 1977 Odalis Pérez, Dominican baseball player (Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers), born in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic
  • 1979 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • 1979 Hilary Lunke, American golfer (US Open 2003), born in Edina, Minnesota

Person of interestAnna Kournikova

1981 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow, Russia

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
  • 1981 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • 1982 Virgil Vasquez, American baseball player
  • 1986 Keegan Bradley, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2011), born in Woodstock, Vermont
  • 1988 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)