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

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1887 Walter Johnson, American MLB pitcher (Washington Senator: 1907-27), 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 John Smith, English chairman of Liverpool F.C. (1973-90), (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricketer (gifted all-rounder for NZ in 1950's), born in Gore, Southland, New Zealand (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Peter Collins, English race car driver, born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1933 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1938 Mack Jones, American baseball player, born in Atlanta (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • 1956 Graeme Wood, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty opening batsman 1978-88), born in East Fremantle, Australia
  • 1963 Jean-Marc Chouinard, 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
  • 1965 Robert Oberrauch, Italian ice hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • 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
  • 1968 Vlast Plavucha, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 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 Patrick Burke, Irish CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 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 footballer and football manager, 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 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, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1988 Erik Lund, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungskile, Sweden