On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 30

  • 1878 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1933)
  • 1879 Colin Blythe, English cricketer (outstanding slow lefty pre-WWI), born in Deptford (d. 1917)
  • 1882 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (Olympic gold 1908), born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1895 Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), born in Brighton, England (d. 1956)
  • 1909 George Headley, West Indies cricket batsman (22 Tests; 2,190 runs @ 60.83; 10 x 100), born in Colón, Panama (d. 1983)
  • 1915 Larry Kelley, American College Football Hall of Fame tight end (Heisman Trophy 1936; Unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), born in Hightstown, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1928 Glyn Moses, Welsh rugby league fullback (2 caps Wales. 9 Great Britain; Salford, St. Helens), born in Nant-y-Moel, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1929 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • 1939 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria

Gale Sayers

1943 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

  • 1943 Leon Burtnett, American college football coach (Purdue University 1982-86; Big Ten Coach of the Year 1984), born in Fresno, California (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Francesco Rizzo, Italian soccer midfielder (2 caps; Cagliari, ACF Fiorentina, Bologna FC, Genoa CFC), born in Rovito, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1947 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1972; Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests, 325 wickets; 64 ODIs), born in Sunderland, County Durham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1949 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach
  • 1955 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • 1962 Jan Gunnarsson, Swedish tennis star
  • 1962 John Alt, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1964 Nhi Lan Le, Vietnam, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Andrea Montermini, Italian racing driver
  • 1965 Tyronne Stowe, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965 Billy Donovan Jr., American basketball head coach (Oklahoma City Thunder 2015-19; University of Florida, NCAA Cship 2006-07), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • 1966 Gary Martin, cricket pace bowler (Zimbabwe ODI)
  • 1967 Rechelle Hawkes, Albany W Aust, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Sam Rogers, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Drahomir Kadlec, Pribham CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1971 Jiri Slegr, Jihlava Cze, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1971 Kyle Vander Kuyp, Australian 110m hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Anthony Cook, NFL defensive end/defensive tackle (Tenn Oilers)
  • 1972 Jeff Jones, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Manny Ramirez, Dominican-American baseball outfielder (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 2004 [MVP], 07; 9 × Silver Slugger Award; Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Renita Farrell, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympic Gold 1996, 2000), born in Townsville, Queensland
  • 1973 Je'Rod Cherry, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Steve Charbonneau, CFL defensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1974 David Wilkie, Ellensburg, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1974 Konstantinos Chalkias, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer
  • 1976 Magnus Norman, Swedish tennis player
  • 1977 Akwá, Angolan footballer
  • 1979 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Steven Gerrard, English footballer
  • 1981 Andrey Arshavin, Russian Footballer
  • 1981 Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver
  • 1981 Ahmad Elrich, Australian footballer
  • 1982 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Jordan Palmer, American football player
  • 1999 Guanyu Zhou, Chinese racing driver (first Chinese F1 driver), born in Shanghai, China