Birthdays in Sport in 1943

  • Jan 1 Jerilyn Britz, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 4 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • Jan 6 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • Jan 15 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • Feb 5 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 8 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • Feb 9 James King, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Jonny Nilsson, Sweden, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 14 Robert J Murphy Jr, PGA golfer (1968 Philadelphia Classic), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 20 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • Feb 22 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)
  • Feb 22 Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • Feb 23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • Feb 25 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 27 Klaus Köste, Frankfurt, Germany, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 1 Mauro Checcoli, Italy, 3 day equestrian (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Mar 1 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Mar 1 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • Mar 1 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 2 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • Mar 7 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Mar 19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 21 Antal Dunai, Hungary, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Mar 23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • Mar 23 Lee May, former Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Mar 24 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic-silver-1960, 64)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Lednev, USSR, pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Mar 30 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • Apr 8 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, cricketer (NZ Test umpire on international panel)
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Ontario
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix)
  • May 9 Maurice Foster, cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's)
  • May 10 Bruce Raymond, British jockey, born in Hatfield
  • May 10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • May 11 Nancy Greene, Canada, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • May 17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)
  • May 22 Tommy John, pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)
  • May 23 John Newcombe, Australia, tennis pro (Wimbledon 1967, 70, 71)
  • May 26 Erica G Terpstra, Oly swimmer/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • May 28 Liz Edgar, horse show jumper

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May 30 Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • May 31 Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)

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Jun 3 Billy Cunningham, NBA/ABA (Philadelphia 76ers, Carolina Cougers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • Jun 4 Sandra Haynie, LPGA golfer (1974 US Women's Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 6 Asif Iqbal, cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80)
  • Jun 8 Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Jun 11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 13 Edward Skorek, Poland, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jun 14 John Miles, British racing driver
  • Jun 20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • Jun 27 Rico Petrocelli, American baseball player
  • Jul 2 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • Jul 4 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
  • Jul 5 Curt Blefary [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Jul 10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis star (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Jul 12 Bruce Taylor, cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73)
  • Jul 12 Paul Silas, NBAer (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic)

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Jul 16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jul 18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • Jul 24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)

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Jul 28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Jul 28 Lawrence Elkins, football player FL (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • Jul 31 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 1 Andy Roxburgh, football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 2 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player
  • Aug 4 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • Aug 4 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • Aug 7 Giorgio Alverà, Italy, bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 9 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Aug 10 Shafqat Rana, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests 1964-69)
  • Aug 13 Gary Ilman, US, 100m freestyle (Olympic-4th-1964)
  • Aug 14 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • Aug 17 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Aug 18 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • Aug 26 Ulf Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Aug 30 Jean Claude Killy, alpine skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 1 Pat Connolly-Daniels-Winslow-Banks, US pentathlete (Olympics-7th-1968)
  • Sep 2 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • Sep 3 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 3 Frank Lister, English footballer
  • Sep 4 Giuseppi Gentile, Italy, triple jumper (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • Sep 16 Dennis W Conner, yachting pro (4-time America's Cup-winning skipper)
  • Sep 19 Christi Haas, Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Sep 19 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)

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Sep 23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 26 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket player (batsman 1964-80)
  • Sep 26 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 28 Gertrud "Traudl" Hecher, Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1960)
  • Sep 28 Lou Piniella, outfielder/manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners)
  • Oct 1 Naushad Ali, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in six Tests 1964-65)
  • Oct 4 Bonnie Bryant, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 7 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, St Peter, Barbados, cricketer (big-hitting WI all-rounder of 70's)
  • Oct 14 Lance Rentzel, NFL receiver (Minn, LA)/ex-husband of Joey Heatherton
  • Oct 19 Michael Findlay, cricket wicket-keeper (WI early 70's)
  • Oct 19 Takis Ikonomopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Oct 22 Allen James Coage, American HW judo (Olympic-bronze-1976), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Clark Graebner, American tennis player
  • Nov 8 Martin Peters, British soccer player
  • Nov 9 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa)
  • Nov 10 George Sauer, Jr., Sheboygan, Wisconsin, AFL player (New York Jets), (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, born in Ro, Sweden, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 13 Robert Jay Sigel, Narberth PA, PGA golfer (1994 GTE West Classic)
  • Nov 13 Roberto Boninsegna, Italian footballer
  • Nov 19 Sharon Wilder, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver

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Nov 22 Billie Jean King, American tennis pro (Wimbledon 1968, 72, 73, 75), born in Long Beach, California

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Nov 22 Mushtaq Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spin all-rounder 1959-79)
  • Nov 22 Yvan Cournoyer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 24 Barry Milburn, cricketer (NZ wicket-keeper in three Tests 1969)
  • Nov 26 Jan Stenerud, Norway, NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Dec 1 Orton Enderlein, German FR, luge (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Dec 13 Ferguson Jenkins, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • Dec 15 Mihaly Hesz, Hungary, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Dec 19 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • Dec 25 Hedley Howarth, cricketer (brother of Geoff, NZ lefty spinner 1969-77)
  • Dec 25 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver