On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 4

  • 1875 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (1st of great South African googlists), born in Lee, London (d. 1918)
  • 1877 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1903 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

1928 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Women's Open: 1951, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1928 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • 1933 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Renee Powell, American golfer, broadcaster (first woman to compete in a men's golf tournament), born in East Canton, Ohio
  • 1946 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Billy O'Donnell, Canadian harness racer driver of year (1984), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1948 Hurley Haywood, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1977, 83, 94; 24 Hours of Daytona 1973, 75, 77, 79, 91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • 1956 Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1956 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, Illinois

  • 1957 Peter Sleep, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90), born in Penola, Australia
  • 1959 Bob Tway, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1986), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1959 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Martyn Moxon, English cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89), born in Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire
  • 1961 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1961 Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist, born in Fusagasugá, Colombia
  • 1964 Goran Prpić, Croatian tennis star, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1965 Adrie Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1966 Monica Tranel [Michini], American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Big Horn, Montana
  • 1967 Derek MacCready, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967 John Child, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • 1968 Eddie Pérez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • 1968 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1969 Micah Aivazoff, Armenian-descent Canadian ice hockey player, born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1970 Dawn Staley, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Derrick Clark, American football fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1971 Steve Glenn, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Joe Borowski, American baseball player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1971 Luiz Garcia Jr., Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1972 Ethan Watts, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1972 Gretchen Ulion, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marlborough, Connecticut
  • 1973 Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Matthew Barnaby, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine football forward, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1974 Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Anaco, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
  • 1976 Ben Grieve, American baseball player, born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1976 Jason Michaels, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Mariano Pernía, Argentine-Spanish footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1978 Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows, born in Whyalla, Australia
  • 1979 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1980 Andrew Raycroft, Canadian ice hockey goalie, born in Belleville, Ontario
  • 1981 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1982 Kleopas Giannou, Greek footballer, born in Peristeri, Athens
  • 1982 Markus Rogan, Austrian swimmer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1983 Derek Roy, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Rockland, Ontario
  • 1984 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player, born in Khulna, Bangladesh (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Kevin Slowey, American baseball player, born in Conroe, Texas
  • 1984 Montell Owens, American football player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1985 Ravi Bopara, English cricketer, born in Forest Gate, London
  • 1987 Francesc Fàbregas Soler, Spanish footballer (Chelsea, Spanish national team), born in Arenys de Mar, Spain
  • 1987 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer (MotoGP World Champion 2010, 12, 15; 250cc World Champion 2006-07), born in Palma, Majorca, Spain
  • 1989 Rory McIlroy, Irish golfer (US Open 2011, British Open 2014, PGA C'ship 2012, 14; FedEx Cup 2016, 19), born in Holywood, Northern Ireland