On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 9

  • 1882 Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (1909 Olympics), born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1893 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), born in Oakland, California (d. 1963)
  • 1898 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)
  • 1905 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Aus quick 1 Test Bodyline series), born in Ascot Vale (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1919 Izaak Boleslavsky, Soviet chess player, born in Zolotonosha, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1977)
  • 1921 Agnes Keleti, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1924 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Roy Smalley Jr., American MLB shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Keith Gardner, Jamaican athlete (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1931 Bill Virdon, American baseball outfielder, manager, coach (NL Rookie of the Year 1955; World Series 1960; Gold Glove 1962), born in Hazel Park, Michigan
  • 1934 Helga Haase, East German 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Danzig, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1936 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • 1937 Sven Conrad Stayers, Guyana cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2005)
  • 1939 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
  • 1939 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey

  • 1942 Richard Hutton, English cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971), born in Pudsey, England
  • 1944 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • 1945 Faina Melnik, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bakota, Ukraine
  • 1945 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • 1948 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • 1951 Dave Parker 'the Cobra', American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978), born in Grenada, Mississippi
  • 1964 Wayman Tisdale, American NBA player (Phoenix Suns) and smooth jazz bassist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1966 Tony Martino, Canadian CFL punter (Calgary Stampeders), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1967 Robert Reading, American 110m hurdler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Tom Rouen, American NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1969 Eric Wynalda, American soccer player and coach, born in Fullerton, California
  • 1970 Russ Romaniuk, Canadian NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Winnipeg,
  • 1971 D'Marco Farr, American defensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in San Pablo, California
  • 1971 Romano Sion, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90/FC Groningen), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1971 Gilles De Bilde, Belgian footballer, born in Zellik, Belgium
  • 1972 Bryan Strang, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1973 Chris Villarrial, American football player (Chicago Bears) and coach, born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Grant Marshall, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1973 Orlondo Steinauer, American CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats) and coach, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1973 Tedy Bruschi, American linebacker (New England Patriots), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1974 Jana Nejedly, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Randy Winn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Andrew Symonds, Australian cricketer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1975 Carolyne Lepage, Canadian 48 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Paul Agostino, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Otto Addo, Ghanaian German footballer and manager, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1975 Jeff Saturday, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1977 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1977 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • 1978 Miroslav Klose, German footballer (Bayern Munich, Lazio), born in Opole, Poland
  • 1980 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • 1980 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • 1980 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
  • 1983 Danny Richar, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Yulieski Gourriel, Cuban baseball player, born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
  • 1984 Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer
  • 1984 Masoud Shojaei, Iranian footballer, born in Shiraz, Iran
  • 2000 Laurie Hernandez, American gymnast (Olympic team gold, individual silver 2016), born in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey