Birthdays in Sport in 1945

  • Jan 1 Jacques Ickx, Belgium, Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • Jan 5 Sam Wyche, NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 6 Barry John, Welsh rugby player
  • Jan 7 Tony Conigliaro, Mass, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 20 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
  • Jan 26 Mick Hill, cricketer (NSW all-rounder 1964-75)
  • Jan 29 Donna Marie Caponi Young, LPGA golfer (US Open 1969, 70), born in Detroit, Michigan

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Jan 29 Donna Caponi, LPGA Golfer and four-time Major winner, born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Feb 3 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • Feb 7 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • Feb 7 Pete Postlethwaite, actor (The Boxer)
  • Feb 9 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • Feb 14 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Piriápolis, Uruguay, football goalkeeper, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 18 Judy Rankin, LPGA golfer (Vare Trophy 1976-77), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 19 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • Feb 21 Sudhir Naik, cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974)
  • Feb 26 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
  • Feb 26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • Feb 28 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • Mar 3 Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)
  • Mar 4 Tommy Svensson, Swedish football manager
  • Mar 5 Randy Matson, US, shot putter (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Mar 8 Graeme Watson, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 5 Tests 1966-72)
  • Mar 11 Dock Ellis, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Jorgen Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Mar 15 Tracy Smith, long-distance runner, born in Altadena, California)
  • Mar 17 Paco Gonzalez, race horse trainer
  • Mar 18 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Mar 20 Pat Riley, NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Mar 26 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario

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Mar 29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Apr 2 Don Sutton, baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 4 Bryan Andrews, cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74)
  • Apr 5 Tommy Smith, English footballer
  • Apr 10 Vera Misevich, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Apr 13 Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Apr 13 Bob Kalsu, American football player (d. 1970)
  • Apr 14 Uwe Beyer, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Apr 19 Nuria Ortiz, Mexico, skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • Apr 25 Walt Wesley, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers)
  • Apr 26 V K Ramaswamy, cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)
  • Apr 26 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 28 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • May 3 Sadiq Mohammad, cricketer (attacking Pakistan opening batsman 1969-81)
  • May 14 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • May 18 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • May 29 Martin Pipe, horse trainer
  • Jun 1 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jun 3 Hale S Irwin, Joplin MO, PGA golfer (1974 US Open)
  • Jun 5 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, track star (Olympic bronze 1968); gave black power salute
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, American athlete
  • Jun 8 Derek Underwood, cricketer ("Deadly" Maybe the best post-war SLA)
  • Jun 9 Faina Myelink, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jun 9 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • Jun 12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 16 Claire Alexander, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

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Jun 17 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 24 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • Jun 26 David Heyn, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup)
  • Jun 27 Catherine Lacoste, golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 27 John Veltch, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Iain MacDonald-Smith, English yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)

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Jul 10 Virginia Wade, English tennis star (Wimbledon 1977), born in Bournemouth, England

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jul 10 John Motson, British sports (football) commentator
  • Jul 12 Dimitar Penev, Bulgaria soccer player/union coach (Lokomotiv/CSKA)
  • Jul 13 Ashley "Rowdy" Mallett, Australian cricket off-spinner (1968-80)
  • Jul 16 Barry Dudleston, cricket umpire
  • Jul 20 Betty Burfeindt, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 21 Barry Richards, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)
  • Jul 21 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm pace bowler (1974-80)
  • Aug 3 Eamon Dunphy, former Irish footballer
  • Aug 6 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • Aug 7 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Aug 13 Robin Jackman, cricketer (England medium-pacer early eighties)
  • Aug 15 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • Aug 19 Jane Blalock, champion golfer
  • Aug 21 Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • Aug 23 Rayfield Wright, American football player
  • Aug 29 Wyomia Tyus, Griffin Ga, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
  • Sep 8 Rogie Vachon, Quebec, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968)
  • Sep 11 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer
  • Sep 14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster

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Sep 17 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

  • Sep 19 Jane Blalock, LPGA golfer (1972 Colgate-Dinah Shore, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Sep 21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • Sep 24 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Marielle Goitschel, Ste Maxime France, alpine skier (Olympic-gold-64)
  • Sep 29 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Oly-gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • Oct 1 Rod Carew, baseball slugger (AL Rookie of Year 1967)
  • Oct 3 Viktor Saneyev, USSR, triple jumper (Olympic-3 gold/1 silv-1968-80)
  • Oct 4 Richard Bickell, race horse trainer
  • Oct 8 Vanburn Holder, cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's)
  • Oct 9 Naftali Bon, Kapsabet Kenya, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Oct 15 Jim Palmer, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles 1965-1984), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 15 Steven Camacho, cricketer (WI batsman early seventies)
  • Oct 17 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 18 Yıldo, Turkish famous showman and football player
  • Oct 28 Dennis Lillie [sic], cricketer (Queensland leg-spinner 1965-66/80-82)
  • Nov 3 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher and manager
  • Nov 3 Gerd Müller, German footballer
  • Nov 8 Tony Mann, Aust cricket leggie (1977 century as nightwatchman v India)
  • Nov 11 Niaz Ahmed, cricketer (1st & last East Pakistani to play Test cricket)
  • Nov 13 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver

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Nov 17 Elvin Hayes, American NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • Nov 25 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • Nov 29 Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • Dec 1 Ross Edwards, cricketer (Aussie middle-order bat of the 70's)
  • Dec 2 Alan "Froggy" Thomson, cricketer (Australian quickie 1970-71)
  • Dec 4 Pam Higgins, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 6 Larry Bowa, 2nd baseman (Phillies)
  • Dec 12 Leslie Holbert, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 13 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne (d. 1977)
  • Dec 18 Carolyn Wood, US, 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Dec 21 Doug Walters, cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert)
  • Dec 23 Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Dec 25 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)