On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 6

  • 1824 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1908)
  • 1884 Lloyd Spooner, American marksman (Olympic-4 gold/1 silver/2 bronze-1920)
  • 1887 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), born in Cowley, Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • 1900 Stan Nichols, English cricketer (d. 1961)

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

1905 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), born in Centerville California (d. 1998)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1916 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • 1918 André Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Joe Frazier, American baseball player
  • 1927 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), born in Eureka, South Dakota (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)
  • 1929 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), born in LaSalle, Illinois (d. 2020)

Person of interestRichie Benaud

1930 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), born in Penrith, New South Wales (d. 2015)

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 1935 Vicente Cantatore, Argentine soccer manager (Chile, Real Valladolid, Colo Colo, Real Betis, Sevilla, Sporting de Gijón), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Jerry Grote, American MLB catcher for 16 seasons (mostly with NY Mets, including 1969 World Series title), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1977)

  • 1946 Gary Gentry, baseball player (NY Mets)

Person of interestTony Greig

1946 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, born in Queenstown, South Africa (d. 2012)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 1947 Klaus Dibiasi, Italian diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1968, 72, 76), born in Hall in Tirol, Austria
  • 1948 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1950 David Brin, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Sundiver, Postman)
  • 1955 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • 1959 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1959 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1960 Albert Lewis, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1987-90; KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in Mansfield, Louisiana
  • 1961 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1962 Rich Yett, baseball player
  • 1964 Tom Jager, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92; 50m freestyle world record x 6), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1965 Cynthia Meyer, NY, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Ruben Sierra, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)
  • 1966 Archi Cianfrocco, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Rome, New York
  • 1966 Jimmie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • 1966 Niall Quinn, Irish soccer striker (92 caps, Rep of Ireland; Manchester City, Sunderland), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1967 Kennet Andersson, former Swedish footballer
  • 1969 Byron Black, Zimbabwe, tennis star

  • 1969 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1969 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • 1970 Darren Oliver, American pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1971 Chris Hudson, NFL strong safety (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • 1971 Alan Stubbs, English footballer and manager (Rotherham United), born in Kirkby, England
  • 1972 J. J. [Jeral Jamal] Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973 Rebecca Lobo, Mass, WNBA center (Olympic gold 1996)/(NY Liberty)
  • 1973 Sylvain Legwinski, French footballer
  • 1974 Brian Kelly, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • 1974 Geert Jelle de Vries, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1974 Kenny Jonsson, Angelholm SW, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Islander)
  • 1974 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975 Jan Harm Schippers, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Veendam)
  • 1975 Reon King, West Indian cricketer from Guyana
  • 1977 Shimon Gershon, Israeli footballer
  • 1977 Vladimir Manchev, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1977 Daniel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Ricky Hatton, English boxer, born in Stockport, England
  • 1979 David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1979 Richard Seymour, American football player
  • 1980 Abdoulaye Méïté, French footballer
  • 1980 Elvis Hammond, Ghanaian footballer (Woking), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1981 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • 1981 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1986 Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer