Birthdays in Sport in 1931

  • Jan 5 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

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Jan 31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Feb 1 Madeline Berthod, Switzerland, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Feb 6 Fred Trueman, English cricketer ("Fiery Fred",307 wickets for England)
  • Feb 9 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • Feb 11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • Feb 14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • Feb 16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • Feb 16 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • Feb 26 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 6 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, US, 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 3 Johnny Nicholss, soccer star
  • Apr 9 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 14 Paul Masnick, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 17 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • Apr 18 Klas Lestander, Sweden, 20K biathlon (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Apr 19 Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Robert Dickson, Canada, ice hockey player (1948)

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May 6 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • May 19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)
  • May 20 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • May 28 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)
  • Jun 2 Larry Jackson, baseball player
  • Jun 3 Lindy Remigino, American athlete
  • Jun 9 Bill Virdon, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)/mgr (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 10 Jim [Purvis] Ferree Jr, Pine Bluff NC, PGA golfer (1958 Vancouver)
  • Jun 21 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • Jun 24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 28 Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Peter Richardson, cricketer (England batsman mid-50's)
  • Jul 4 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)

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Jul 8 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • Jul 20 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • Jul 26 Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • Jul 28 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • Jul 31 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach, born in Pelham, New York
  • Aug 1 Trevor Goddard, cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • Aug 2 Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)
  • Aug 2 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Narendra Tamhane, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1950's), born in Bombay, India
  • Aug 9 Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • Aug 13 Norman Read, NZ, 50K walker (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Aug 18 Dick White, English footballer
  • Aug 19 Willie Shoemaker, jockey (won 8,833 of 40,350 starts)
  • Aug 20 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
  • Aug 27 Joe Cunningham, American baseball player

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Aug 31 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Sep 3 Dick Motta, NBA coach (856 wins, Its not over 'til the fat lady sings)
  • Sep 7 Al McGuire, US, basketball coach (Marquette)
  • Sep 13 Marjorie Jackson, Australia, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1952) [or Feb 13]
  • Sep 23 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • Sep 26 Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman)
  • Sep 30 Ray Willsey, Regina Sask, WLAF def coordinator (Frankfurt, Scotland)

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Oct 3 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • Oct 4 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • Oct 13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', born in Noeux-les-Mines (d. 2017)

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Oct 20 Mickey Mantle "The Commerce Comet", NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Oct 21 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • Oct 23 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Oct 25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager
  • Nov 6 Peter Collins, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • Nov 9 Tommy Greenhough, cricketer (English leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1959-60)
  • Nov 9 Whitey Herzog, baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Nov 23 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Oly-gold-1956, 60)
  • Nov 25 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • Nov 26 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italy, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • Nov 29 AndrĂ© Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)

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Nov 30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Dec 4 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player

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Dec 16 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Dec 18 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)