Birthdays in Sport in 1940

  • Jan 1 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)

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Jan 19 Mary Mills, American LPGA golfer, born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York

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Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

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Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)

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Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 6 Willie Stargell, outfielder/1st baseman (Pirates, 1971 NL HR leader)
  • Mar 8 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 12 Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • Mar 18 Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Mickey Preger, horse trainer
  • Mar 23 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • Mar 26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • Mar 28 J Michael Plumb, Islip NY, equestrian (Oly-2 gold/4 silver-1976,84)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Loughery, NBA star/coach (Balt, Philadelphia)

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Mar 30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Oly-gold-60, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 31 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • Apr 4 Richard Attwood, British racing driver
  • Apr 8 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • Apr 9 Jimmy [James] Roberts, NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Apr 13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)
  • Apr 13 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 15 Edy Hubacher, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Apr 15 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 David Holford, cricketer (cousin of G S Sobers WI leg-spin all-rounder)
  • Apr 18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 24 David Larter, cricketer (two-metre tall England pace bowler)
  • Apr 29 Brian Taber, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh)
  • May 2 Bryan Davis, cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965)
  • May 3 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager
  • May 15 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)
  • May 22 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, baseball pitcher
  • Jun 3 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • Jun 5 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Jun 6 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jun 19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ)
  • Jun 23 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • Jun 23 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Jun 23 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • Jul 1 Jack Acker, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jul 3 Cesar Tovar, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, US, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • Jul 4 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • Jul 7 James Toner, horse trainer
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74)
  • Jul 11 Rafael Martinez, horse trainer
  • Jul 18 Joseph Torre, outfield/manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP)
  • Jul 22 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 25 John Pennel, pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963)
  • Aug 1 Joan Joyce, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Aug 1 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • Aug 3 Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Aug 12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 14 Galen Hall, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 17 Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Aug 18 Joan Joyce, LPGA golfer (1984 S&H Golf Classic-6th), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Don Cormier Sr, horse trainer
  • Aug 29 Wilhelm Ruska, Holland, judo champ (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Aug 29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 31 Alain Calmat, France, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1964)
  • Sep 12 Mickey Lolich, pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971)
  • Sep 14 Larry Brown, NBA player/NBA coach (NY Knicks)
  • Sep 15 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • Sep 27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 29 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • Sep 29 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • Sep 30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • Oct 3 Jean Ratelle, NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • Oct 3 Mike Troy, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
  • Oct 4 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 5 Bob Cowper, cricketer (Aust LHB, 307 v England MCG 1966 Very rich

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Oct 9 Joe Pepitone, MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Oct 14 Jesse Carlyle Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (1972 Philadelphia Classic)

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Oct 16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • Oct 17 Jim Smith, English footballer and manager
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Kulej, Poland, light welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 21 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • Oct 21 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)

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Oct 23 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century - 1281 goals in 1363 games), born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 25 Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Oct 30 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 11 Barbara Boxer, (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993- )
  • Nov 13 Jack Birkenshaw, cricketer (England off-spinner 1973-74)
  • Nov 13 Joan Haanappel, figure skater/sports reporter
  • Nov 16 Chris Balderstone, cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976)
  • Nov 21 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • Nov 23 Luis Tiant, Cuba, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees)
  • Nov 24 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner (NFL)

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Nov 25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, cricketer (England batsman & captain mid-70s), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, NHL linesman, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • Dec 26 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • Dec 30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-1964), born in Cuero, Texas