On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 6

  • 1907 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)

Person of interestWillie Mays

1931 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1932 John Bond, English cricketer (Lancashire), born in Kearsley, Lancashire, England
  • 1936 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, born in Clifton, New Jersey
  • 1944 Tommie Smith, American 200m dash (Olympic gold 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas
  • 1944 Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player in major leagues, born in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1947 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1956 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1964 Kim Oden, Ala, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s)
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta

  • 1965 Ken Harvey, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1965 Norman Whiteside, British soccer player
  • 1965 Paul Frase, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1965 Zahid Sadiq, cricketer
  • 1967 Patrick F Manning Jr, Poughkeepsie NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1968 Andy Kelly, American football quarterback (Nashville Kats, Rhein Fire), born in Dayton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Mark Thomas, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Bears)
  • 1969 Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1970 Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)
  • 1971 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)

Person of interestMartin Brodeur

1972 Martin Brodeur, NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1973 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Wendy Ward, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000-01 3rd), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1976 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1977 Shannon Shakespeare, Canadian 100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Mission, British Columbia
  • 1977 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977 Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1978 John Abraham, American football player
  • 1980 Brooke Bennett, 800m freestyle (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1980 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 Mario Stojić, Croatian basketball player
  • 1983 Dani Alves da Silva, Brazilian football player (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil national team), born in Juazeiro, Brazil
  • 1985 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1989 Dominika Cibulková, Slovakian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2016), born in Bratislava, Slovakia

Person of interestJosé Altuve

1990 José Altuve, Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman (Houston Astros), born in Maracay, Venezuela

Baseball star José Altuve
Baseball star
José Altuve