Birthdays in Sport on May 11

  • 1854 Jack Blackham, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (35 Tests, 4 x 50s, 61 dismissals; Victoria CA), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1932)
  • 1881 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), born in Natlee, Kentucky (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1903 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (6 x MLB All Star; World Series 1935; AL MVP & batting champion 1937; Detroit Tigers), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Rip Sewell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1943–46; NL wins leader 1943; Pittsburgh Pirates 1938–49), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Jackie Milburn, English soccer striker (13 caps; Newcastle United 353 games), born in Ashington, England (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1937 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • 1939 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • 1943 Nancy Greene Raine OC OBC OD, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold giant slalom 1968; World C'ship gold giant slalom, combined 1968) and senator (BC), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944 John Benaud, Australian cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 100; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1948 Alfred Matt, Austrian slalom (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1950 Dane Iorg, American MLB baseball player, 1977-86 (Philadelphia Philles, St. Louis Cardinals, and 2 other teams), born in Eureka, California
  • 1951 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (32 caps; British and Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1954 John Gregory, English football manager
  • 1958 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympic gold 1992), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1959 Ion Adrian Zare, Romanian soccer defender (7 caps; FC Bihor, BFC Siófok), born in Oradea, Romania (d. 2022)
  • 1960 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • 1962 Steve Bono, American NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Bobby Witt, American MLB pitcher, 1986-2001 (Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and 5 other teams), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1964 Floyd Youmans, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1985-89 (Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1964 Jeff Sellers, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1985-88 (Boston Red Sox), born in Compton, California
  • 1964 John Parrott, British snooker player, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1966 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966 Trenidad Hubbard, American MLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967 Jamie Brayshaw, cricketer (son of Ian WA & SA right-handed batsman)
  • 1967 Kenneth Gould, Welterweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Amy Legacki, Terrytown NY, 10k runner
  • 1970 Dean Capobianco, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Michael Joubert, Australian 400m/800m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Corey Fuller, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Stefen Reid, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Patrick Sapp, American NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Darren Ward, Welsh footballer
  • 1974 Roger Juffing, soccer player (Fortuna Sittard
  • 1974 Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1976 Lloyd Pierce, American basketball head coach (Atlanta Hawks 2019), born in San Jose, California
  • 1977 Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer
  • 1977 Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1977 Pablo García, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1981 Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player, born in Albury, Australia
  • 1982 Andrew Walter, American football player
  • 1983 Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete
  • 1983 Matt Leinart, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2004, USC; NFL: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1984 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • 1986 Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • 1987 Justin King, American football player
  • 1987 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • 1987 Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast (2x Olympic Gold 2004), born in Bacău, Romania
  • 1989 Ashleigh Buhai, South African golfer (British Women's Open 2022), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1989 Cam Newton, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2010, Auburn; NFL MVP 2015; Pro Bowl 2011, 13, 15; Carolina Panthers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1989 Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer
  • 1992 Bryan Rust, American NHL ice hockey right winger (Pittsburgh Penguins, since 2014), born in Pontiac, Michigan