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, cricketer (legendary England batsman/keeper of 20's)
  • 1900 Stan Nichols, English cricketer (d. 1961)

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

1905 Helen Wills, American tennis player (8 Wimbledon titles 1927-1938), 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, LPGA golfer
  • 1929 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)

Person of interestRichie Benaud

1930 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain (great Aussie leg-spinner) and commentator, born in Penrith, New South Wales

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 1936 Glenn Hild, race horse trainer
  • 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 platform diver (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76)
  • 1950 David Brin, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Sundiver, Postman)
  • 1955 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • 1957 Dom Galluscio, race horse trainer
  • 1957 Shahzad Altaf, cricketer (UAE off-spinner 1996 World Cup)
  • 1959 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1959 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1960 Albert Lewis, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1961 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1962 Rich Yett, baseball player
  • 1964 Pam Kometani, LPGA golfer (1992 Welch's Classic-27th), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964 Thomas "Tom" Hunter, US 50M FREESTYLE swimmer (world record)
  • 1965 Cynthia Meyer, NY, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 David Spaulding, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 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 Julianne McNamara, gymnist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1966 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • 1966 Niall Quinn, Irish footballer
  • 1967 Kennet Andersson, former Swedish footballer
  • 1969 Byron Black, Zimbabwe, tennis star
  • 1969 Jeff Lay, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969 Martha Richards, Hudson WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Safeco Classic-21st)
  • 1969 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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 Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 1973 Rebecca Lobo, Mass, WNBA center (Olympic gold 1996)/(NY Liberty)
  • 1973 Sylvain Legwinski, French footballer
  • 1974 Brian Kelly, Mission Viejo California, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 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
  • 1979 David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1979 Richard Seymour, American football player
  • 1980 Abdoulaye Méïté, French footballer
  • 1981 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • 1981 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1986 Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer