On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 3

  • 1857 George Gore, American baseball player, born in Saccarappa, Maine (d. 1933)
  • 1867 Jack Hearne, English cricketer (cousin of George and Alec 12 Tests for England), born in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire (d. 1965)
  • 1876 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler of the 1900's), born in Young, New South Wales (d. 1931)
  • 1876 E. B. Dwyer, Australian-born cricketer (Sussex), born in Redfern, Australia (d. 1912)
  • 1904 Red Ruffing, NY Yankee pitcher, hitter (1930-46), born in Granville, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Ted Bates, English former footballer, born in Thetford, England (d. 2003)

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1921 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), born in Ailey, Georgia (d. 1989)

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1922 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, born in East Horsley, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • 1934 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1936 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • 1938 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager, born in Beek, Netherlands
  • 1941 Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgian world women's chess champ (1962-78), born in Zugdidi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1942 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Sadiq Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (attacking Pakistan opening batsman 1969-81), born in Junagadh, Gujarat, British India

  • 1946 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946 Norm Chow, American football coach, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1948 Peter Oosterhuis, British golfer (British Open 1974, 82 runner-up; Ryder Cup x 6), born in London, England
  • 1952 Allen Wells, Scottish athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1980), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1955 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, born in Mile End, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Rod Langway, American ice hockey defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Wash Caps), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1959 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Steve McClaren, English football manager, born in Fulford, York, England
  • 1963 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois

Person of interestRon Hextall

1964 Ron Hextall, Canadian NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers, NY Islanders), born in Brandon, Manitoba

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • 1965 John Jensen, Danish football player and manager, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1966 Paul Stevenson, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Bendigo, Australia
  • 1966 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player, born in Newport, Wales
  • 1966 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], Cruiserweight boxing champion, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1969 Karen Kraft, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Mateo,California
  • 1970 Alexia Dechaume-Balleret, French tennis star (1992 Aust), born in La Rochelle, France
  • 1970 Ted Crowley, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Brett Hayman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne
  • 1972 Vyacheslav Kozlov, Russian ice hockey NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1973 Dominique Monami, Belgian tennis star, born in Verviers, Liège, Belgium
  • 1976 Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player, born in Potomac, Maryland
  • 1977 Ryan Dempster, Canadian baseball player, born in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1977 Tyronn Lue, American basketball coach (NBA Championship 2016 Cleveland), born in Mexico, Missouri
  • 1978 Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-American football player, born in Greenock, Scotland
  • 1982 Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player, born in Dnipro, Ukraine
  • 1983 Joseph Addai, American football player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983 Romeo Castelen, Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1983 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1990 Brooks Koepka, American golfer (US Open 2017-18, PGA C'ship 2018-19), born in West Palm Beach, Florida