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 OD MBE, 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)
  • 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

Person of interestGale Sayers

1943 Gale Sayers, American College / Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (4 x Pro Bowl; 5 x 1st Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1947 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • 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 Allen Aldridge, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 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