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)
  • 1915 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 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)

Willie Mays

1931 Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • 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 (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Ivan Osim, Bosnian soccer midfielder (19 caps Yugoslavia; FK Željezničar, RC Strasbourg, CS Sedan) and manager (Yugoslavia, Sturm Graz, Japan), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (d. 2022)
  • 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)
  • 1951 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), born in Tegistik, Kazakhstan (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish soccer midfielder (54 caps; Middlesbrough FC, Liverpool FC 247 games) and manager (FA Cup: 1991–92 Liverpool; 3 x SPD Rangers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1956 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1964 Kim Oden, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1965 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1965 Ken Harvey, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965 Norman Whiteside, Northern Ireland football player, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1965 Paul Frase, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1965 Zahid Sadiq, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 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)

Martin Brodeur

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

  • 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, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1980 Brooke Bennett, American swimmer (3 Olympic golds), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1980 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer (Clube Atlético Mineiro), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 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

José Altuve

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