Birthdays in Sport on May 31

  • 1905 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • 1909 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1920 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer/team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for South Africa, handled the ball 1956)
  • 1926 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • 1928 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • 1934 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1935 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
  • 1941 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • 1942 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
  • 1943 Joe Namath, PA, NFL quarterback (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)
  • 1946 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • 1954 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • 1955 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1957 Jim Craig, hockey goalie (Olympic gold 1980), born in North Easton, Massachusetts
  • 1958 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)

  • 1958 Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
  • 1960 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1960 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
  • 1962 Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1962 Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner
  • 1966 Jessica Monroe, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • 1967 Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)
  • 1969 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide
  • 1970 Cory Mantyka, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971 Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1972 Bryan Walker, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Dave Roberts, American baseball player
  • 1973 Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
  • 1973 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973 Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Jim Carey, Dorchester MA, NHL goalie (Washington Capitals)
  • 1974 Steve Martin, defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1974 Chad Campbell, American golfer
  • 1976 Matt Harpring, American basketball player
  • 1977 Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
  • 1977 Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
  • 1977 Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
  • 1977 Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
  • 1977 Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
  • 1977 Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • 1983 Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
  • 1984 Nate Robinson, American basketball player
  • 1985 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player
  • 1986 Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
  • 1989 Marco Reus, German football player (Borussia Dortmund, German national team), born in Dortmund, West Germany