Birthdays in Sport in 1949

  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 6 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)

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Jan 10 George Foreman, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • Jan 15 Howard Allen Twitty, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • Feb 1 Jimmy Lee Thorpe, Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
  • Feb 2 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • Feb 3 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • Feb 5 David Sullivan, English softporno/newspaper publisher (Sunday Sport)
  • Feb 6 Manuel Orantes, tennis champ (US Open-1975)
  • Feb 6 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player and pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 7 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • Feb 7 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Feb 8 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • Feb 9 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer
  • Feb 10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Feb 12 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • Feb 15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 20 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 22 Nikki Lauda, Austria, formula 1 auto racer (world champ 1975, 77, 84)
  • Feb 22 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player
  • Feb 23 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Feb 24 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
  • Mar 3 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • Mar 8 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Mar 12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Mar 13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (d. 1974)
  • Mar 17 Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • Mar 21 Alvin Kallicharran, cricketer (wonderful West Indies LHB 1972-81)
  • Mar 25 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 28 Ronnie Ray Smith, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Mar 28 Shafiq Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman during the 70's)
  • Mar 29 Uton Dowe, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1972-73 "Dowe shall not bowl")
  • Apr 1 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 3 Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)
  • Apr 8 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • Apr 13 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver
  • Apr 17 Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Apr 18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • Apr 22 Spencer Haywood, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Oly-gold-1968, Knicks)
  • Apr 25 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 26 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF)
  • Apr 29 Eddie Hart, US, 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • Apr 30 Phil Garner, baseball manager
  • May 1 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 4 John Force, American race car driver
  • May 14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist
  • May 15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Oly-96)
  • May 16 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 25 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • May 26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • May 28 Shelley Hamlin, San Mateo CA, LPGA golfer (1978 Patty Berg Classic)
  • May 29 Brian Kidd, English footballer
  • May 30 Bob Willis, cricketer (superb England fast bowler 1971-84)
  • May 30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach
  • Jun 8 Hildegard Falck, German FR, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jun 11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)
  • Jun 12 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 15 Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 16 Paulo César, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 18 Jerry Hollendorfer, horse trainer
  • Jun 20 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-96)
  • Jun 23 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 25 Phyllis George-Brown, Miss America (1971)/sportscaster (CBS), born in Denton, Texas
  • Jun 28 Don Baylor, Tx, baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP)
  • Jun 29 Dan Dierdorf, NFLer, sportscaster (Monday Night Football)
  • Jun 30 Eric Goetz, American shipbuilder (America's Cup 1995), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 10 Sunil Gavaskar, Indian cricket player (opener, 10122 Test runs)
  • Jul 12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner, and car dealer.
  • Jul 13 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Jul 14 Joyce Benson, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 15 Kerry Short, Vineland Ont, Canad Tour golfer (Highland Amat-1981, 84)
  • Jul 17 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster
  • Jul 18 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84)
  • Jul 21 Ludmila Smirnova, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Jul 21 Al Hrabosky, baseball player
  • Jul 22 Dianne Dailey, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • Jul 23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 André Dupont, Quebec ice hockey player
  • Jul 28 Vida Blue, major-league pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971)
  • Aug 3 Valeri Vasiliev, Gorky Soviet Union, ice hockey defenceman (2x oly gold), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 8 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • Aug 13 Bobby Clarke, Manitoba, NHL player/coach (Philadelphia Flyer)
  • Aug 14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • Aug 20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer
  • Aug 22 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Doug Bair, baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Geoff Capes, shot putter
  • Aug 26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 27 Douglas Fred Tewell, Baton Rouge LA, PGA golfer (1980 Sea Pines)
  • Sep 3 José Pekerman, Argentine football manager

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Sep 4 Tom Watson, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Sep 4 Dean Pees, National Football League defensive coordinator
  • Sep 9 Joe Theismann, NFL QB (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • Sep 9 John Curry, England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Sep 11 Marty Liquori, US, runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7))
  • Sep 11 Roger Uttley, English rugby player
  • Sep 11 Bill Whittington, race car driver
  • Sep 12 Irina Rodnina, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • Sep 18 Peter Shilton, English footballer
  • Sep 20 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • Sep 22 Harold Carmichael, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 25 Inshan Ali, cricketer (big-spinning WI chinaman bowler 1971-77)

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Sep 27 Mike Schmidt, MLB third baseman & HR hitter (Phillies), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Sep 29 Steve Busby, footballer

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Oct 5 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • Oct 7 Catherine Duggan, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 9 Shep Messing, Israel, soccer goal tender (NY Cosmos)
  • Oct 10 Lance Cairns, cricketer (big-hitting NZ medium-pace bowler)
  • Oct 11 Bobby Jones, baseball player
  • Oct 13 Tom Mees, American sports broadcaster (d. 1996)
  • Oct 13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 18 George Hendrick, baseball player
  • Oct 19 Lynn Dickey, American football player
  • Oct 20 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Oct 20 Wayne Collett, US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Oct 21 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)
  • Oct 22 Manfred Burgsmuller, WLAF kicker (Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 22 Arsène Wenger, French football manager
  • Oct 25 Réjean Houle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 26 Kevin Sullivan, wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI)
  • Oct 28 Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, American decathalete (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Oct 29 Paul Orndorff, wrestler (WCW/SMW/NWA/WWF, Mr Wonderful)

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Nov 3 Larry Holmes, American heavyweight boxing champ (1978-85), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 3 Roswitha Krause, USSR, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • Nov 4 Kathy McMullen, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 11 Kathy Postlewait, Norfolk VA, LPGA golfer (1989 Sara Lee)
  • Nov 13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver
  • Nov 17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • Nov 19 Ahmad Rashad, [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • Nov 20 Juha Mieto, Finland, 15KM skier (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Nov 21 Basil Williams, cricketer (century on debut for West Indies 1978)
  • Nov 22 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
  • Nov 25 Kerry O'Keeffe, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-77)
  • Nov 27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver
  • Nov 29 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • Nov 29 Jerry Lawler, American wrestler
  • Nov 30 Margaret Whitton, actress (Good & Evil, Major League), born in Meade, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Mary Bea Porter-King, LPGA golfer (1975 Golf Inns Classic), born in Everett, Washington
  • Dec 5 Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins PGA golfer (1972 Sahara), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 6 Peter Willey, cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's)
  • Dec 9 Thomas O Kite Jr, PGA golfer (1978 BC Open, Crosby 1983), born in Austin, Texas
  • Dec 10 Linda Galloway, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 14 Bill Buckner, California, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series
  • Dec 17 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • Dec 19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-silver-1964)
  • Dec 20 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player
  • Dec 23 Wally Edwards, cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974)
  • Dec 24 Cameron Seward, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver
  • Dec 25 Dan Pastorini, NFL QB (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • Dec 29 Syed Kirmani, cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer)
  • Dec 30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)