On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 8

  • 1866 Hylton Philipson, English cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), born in Islington, England (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1914 Joseph DePietro, American weightlifter (Olympic gold -56kg 1948), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1925 Del Ennis, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 51, 55; NL RBI leader 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1929 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), born in Bangalore, Mysore (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Ray Illingworth CBE, English cricket captain and spin bowler (61 Tests; 122 wickets, 1,836 runs @ 23.24; Yorkshire, Leicestershire), born in Pudsey, England
  • 1939 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1945 Derek Underwood, England cricket spin bowler (86 Tests, 297 wickets @ 25.83), born in Bromley, England
  • 1946 Richie Robinson, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests; 4 dismissals; WSC; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia

  • 1949 Hildegard Falck, German athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972 FRG), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • 1957 Don Robinson, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1979, Pittsburgh Pirates; Silver Slugger Award 1982, 89, 90; SF Giants), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1961 Kevin Gross, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Downey, California
  • 1964 Butch [Harry Lee] Reynolds Jr, 4X400m runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Nelli [Antoinette HC] Fiere-Cooman, Neth, runner (WR 60 m in 7.00)
  • 1965 Kevin Ritz, American pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Eatonstown, New Jersey
  • 1967 Stephane Simian, French tennis star
  • 1968 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1969 Glenn Rogers Jr, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 Laurel Martin, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Troy Vincent, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Elena Brioukhovets, Odessa Ukraine, tennis star (finalist 1990 Moscow)
  • 1971 Jamie Morgan, Australia, tennis star
  • 1971 Tom Nutten, CFL/NFL centers (Hamilton Tiger Cats, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 1973 Bryant Reeves, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Michael Sheldon, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Gabe Northern, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 Bryan McCabe, St Catherines, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1976 Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold 1996), born Palos Verdes, California
  • 1976 Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977 Yvette Basting, Breda Neth, tennis star (1994 Futures-Flensberg-GER)
  • 1979 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • 1981 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • 1982 Dickson Etuhu, Nigerian footballer
  • 1982 Nadia Petrova, Russian tennis player
  • 1983 Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player (4-time Grand Slam titles), born in Bilzen, Belgium
  • 1984 Javier Mascherano, Argentine footballer
  • 1985 Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • 1986 Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player