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Birthdays in Sport on November 6

Person of interestJames Naismith

1861 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1876 Ernie Hayes MBE, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Surrey, Leicestershire), born in London, England (d. 1953)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1887 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1906 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1919 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Sir John Smith, English soccer executive (Chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), born in Kidderminster, England (d. 1958)
  • 1932 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1939 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), born in Blythe, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), born in Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Larry James, American track athlete, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mount Pleasant, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Jim Rosenthal, English sports presenter, born in Oxford, England

  • 1951 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), born in Rättvik, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Graeme Wood, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty opening batsman 1978-88), born in East Fremantle, Australia
  • 1963 Jean-Marc Chouinard, Canadian fencer (epee - Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Erik Kramer [William Erik Kramer], American former NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Encino, California
  • 1965 Brian Givens, American baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Lompoc, California
  • 1967 Dennis Brown, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Jackie Auzias de Turenne, WPVA volleyballer (Natl-17th-1995), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Shuzo Matsuoka, Japanese tennis star (1995 USTA/Binghampton), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1968 Alfred Williams, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1968 Edward Linskens, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Venray, Netherlands
  • 1969 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1970 Eric Mueller, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970 Maa Tanuvasa, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • 1970 Rich Braham, American NFL center (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • 1971 Derrick Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Anthony Brown, American NFL tackle (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1972 Vicki Movessian, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympic-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Garry Flitcroft, English soccer midfielder, manager (Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1972 Deivi Cruz, American baseball player, born in Nizao, Dominican Republic
  • 1973 Taje Allen, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1974 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Mouscron, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1975 Mike Maurer, Canadian CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1976 Laurie Baker, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympic-gold-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1976 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger, born in Fremont, California (d. 2004)
  • 1978 Scott Piercy, American golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1978 Zak Morioka, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1979 Lamar Odom, American basketball player, born in South Jamaica, New York
  • 1987 Ana Ivanović, Serbian tennis player (French Open 2008; world #1 08), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1988 Erik Lund, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungskile, Sweden