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 cricket spin bowler (12 Tests, 49 wickets; England's first hat-trick vs Australia 1899), born in Chalfont St Giles, England (d. 1944)
  • 1876 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricket fast bowler (20 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Young, Australia (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)
  • 1932 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), born in Roslavl, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1937 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 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 cricket batsman 41 Tests @ 35.81, 5 x 100; brother of Hanif & Mushtaq Mohammad), born in Junagadh, 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
  • 1949 Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 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, 1986-92, 94-99; NY Islanders), Vezina & Conn Smyth winner (1987), scored 2 goals, 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], American 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