Birthdays in Sport in 1953

  • Jan 3 Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 4 Norberto Alonso, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 7 Agha Zahid, cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • Jan 10 Bobby Rahal, Indy-car racer (over 15 wins)
  • Jan 15 Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 23 Pat Haden, NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • Jan 28 Debbie Steinbach, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 1 Brendan Batson, English former footballer
  • Feb 2 Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 5 John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • Feb 6 Susie Hutchison, Flintridge California, equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96)
  • Feb 7 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 7 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 9 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 13 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor)
  • Feb 16 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16 Mike Ford, Canadian tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • Feb 28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • Mar 3 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 4 Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • Mar 8 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • Mar 8 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Andy Bean, Lafayette Ga, PGA golfer (Western 1978, Kemper 1978)
  • Mar 14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 15 Colin Croft, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler 1977-82)
  • Mar 17 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • Mar 19 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Mar 23 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • Mar 24 Steve Lubbers, cricketer (capt of Dutch World Cup team 1996)
  • Mar 25 Haroon Rashid, cricketer (Pakistani & WSC batsman late 70's)
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • Apr 1 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • Apr 5 John Buchanan, cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995)
  • Apr 6 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • Apr 7 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 10 David Moorcroft, British athlete
  • Apr 19 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Apr 21 Edward Ray Fiori, PGA golfer (1979 Southern Open), born in Lynwood, California
  • Apr 25 Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • Apr 28 Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • May 1 Mindy Moore, LPGA golfer
  • May 2 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 9 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 10 Barbara Moxness, LPGA golfer
  • May 14 Bill Meek, Upland PA, prone rifle (Olympics-8th-1996)

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May 15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • May 25 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • Jun 2 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 8 Ad Tak, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Nieuwe Gastel
  • Jun 20 Raul Ramirez, tennis player
  • Jun 21 Charlie Moore Jr, baseball player
  • Jun 22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jun 25 Ian Davis, cricketer (Australian batsman 1973-77)
  • Jun 27 Kent Bostick, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jul 2 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Frank Tanana, baseball pitcher (California Angels)

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Jul 11 Leon Spinks, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Jul 13 Larry Gomes, dependable WI cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • Jul 20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • Jul 21 Brian Talbot, British footballer

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Jul 23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • Jul 24 Steve Grogan, NFL QB (New England Patriots)
  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • Aug 8 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

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Aug 11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Aug 16 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • Aug 26 Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • Aug 30 Robert Parish, NBA center (Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Aug 31 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 4 Kengo Kimura, [Takashi Kimura], wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sep 6 Mohammed Kedir, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Sep 12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer
  • Sep 15 Bruce Heuchan, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Alberta-7th)
  • Sep 15 Jerry Page, golfer (largest PGA victory margin)
  • Sep 16 Jerry Pate, Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
  • Sep 27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 27 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • Sep 29 Warren Cromartie, baseball player
  • Oct 1 Pete Falcone, American baseball player
  • Oct 1 Grete Waitz, Norwegian athlete
  • Oct 9 Hank Pfister, Bakersfield Cat, tennis star
  • Oct 10 Gus Williams, NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington)
  • Oct 13 Pat Day, American jockey
  • Oct 14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981)
  • Oct 16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Oct 16 Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer

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Oct 20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Oct 24 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 24 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 25 Mark Will McNulty, Bindwa Zimbabwe, PGA golfer (1982 Danny Thomas-4th)
  • Oct 25 Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Piqua OH, LPGA golfer (1985 MasterCard Pro-Am)

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Oct 29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Oct 31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Nov 3 Larry Herndon, baseball player
  • Nov 4 Jacques Villeneuve (elder), Canadian racing driver
  • Nov 7 Lucinda Green, English equestrian
  • Nov 9 Gaétan Hart, Canadian boxer
  • Nov 20 Greg Gibson, Stafford Va, Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Nov 22 Wayne Larkins, cricketer (England opening batsman of 80's)
  • Nov 23 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • Nov 26 Louise Parks, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 26 Harry Carson, American football player
  • Nov 28 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Nov 28 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • Dec 2 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 3 Franz Klammer, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 4 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 5 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • Dec 6 Gary Ward, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 9 World B Free, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors)
  • Dec 13 Ray Stewart, Matsqui BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Dunhill Cup)
  • Dec 13 Zoltan Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Dec 13 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
  • Dec 19 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 21 Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)
  • Dec 23 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • Dec 25 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 26 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • Dec 27 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • Dec 29 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972)