Birthdays in Sport in 1956

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 220

  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, San Jose California
  • Jan 7 Robin Walton, Boise ID, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th)
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 9 David Smith, cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986)
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)
  • Jan 22 Becky Pearson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 27 Fred Quillan, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, Irish soccer player, born in Dublin
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, pitcher (SF Giants), had arm amputated
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, cricket (WI opener-greatest batsman in 1-day history)
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 22 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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Feb 24 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleve Indians), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Feb 25 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • Feb 28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 1 Balwinder Singh Sandhu, cricketer (Sikh pace bowler 1983 World Cup)
  • Mar 1 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 3 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mar 3 John F Reid, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)
  • Mar 3 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • Mar 6 Peter Roebuck, cricketer (Somerset opening batsman & SMH writer)
  • Mar 8 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • Mar 9 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach
  • Mar 10 Janet Anderson, West Sunbury PA, LPGA golfer (1982 US Women's Open)
  • Mar 12 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 14 Colin Ayre, British football player
  • Mar 15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 18 Ingamar Stenmark, Sweden, slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • Mar 21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
  • Mar 22 Lyndsay Stephen, Donnybrook WA, Australian golfer
  • Mar 24 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • Mar 25 Sonia M Lannaman, England, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Kochergina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Mar 27 Brian Kelly, CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 27 Thomas Wassberg, Sweden, 15K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1980)
  • Mar 28 Asoka De Silva, cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91)
  • Mar 28 Evelin Jahl, German DR, discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • Mar 28 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact)
  • Mar 29 Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • Mar 29 Sue Fogleman, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 2 Farrukh Zaman, lefty cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976)
  • Apr 4 Tom Herr, American baseball player
  • Apr 6 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • Apr 6 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani bat)
  • Apr 7 Gail Lee Hirata, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 9 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 13 Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • Apr 13 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Michael Cooper, NBA star (LA Lakers)
  • Apr 16 Marty Dickerson, golfer (1994 ShopRite Classic-22nd), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Apr 18 David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
  • Apr 19 Lori West, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 19 Sue Barker, English tennis star
  • Apr 21 Rick DeMont, US, 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • Apr 23 Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australian golfer
  • Apr 27 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 4 Jackie Bertsch, LPGA golfer
  • May 4 Ulrike Meyfarth, Frankfurt West Germany, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 4 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player
  • May 8 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 12 Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player

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May 12 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
  • May 15 Alice Miller, Marysville CA, LPGA golfer (1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
  • May 15 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • May 17 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
  • May 18 Joe [Naomichi] Ozaki, Tekushima Japan, golfer (1995 Phoenix Open-8th)
  • May 20 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • May 20 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • May 23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • May 23 Buck Showalter, American baseball player and manager
  • May 25 Tatsutoshi Goto, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • May 27 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)
  • May 27 Steve Pagano, horse trainer
  • May 28 Jeff Dujon, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1981-91, their most successful)
  • May 28 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
  • Jun 3 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jun 3 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • Jun 4 John Treacy, marathonr (Olympics-silver-1984)
  • Jun 4 Terry Kennedy, baseball player
  • Jun 6 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

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Jun 6 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis champion (Wimbledon 1976-79), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 7 Robert Dover, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)

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Jun 11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jun 12 Terry Alderman, cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91)
  • Jun 14 Frederick Funk, Takoma Park MD, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston Open)
  • Jun 15 Lance Parrish, baseball player
  • Jun 17 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • Jun 20 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • Jun 21 Mikhail Burtsev, USSR, sabres (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jun 21 Rick Sutcliffe, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jun 22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • Jun 23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • Jun 27 Jeff Odintz, horse trainer
  • Jun 27 Brad Childress, American football coach
  • Jun 29 Pedro Guerrero, baseball player
  • Jul 1 Bill Caudill, baseball player
  • Jul 2 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star
  • Jul 5 James Lofton, NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders)
  • Jul 6 Matt Bahr, NFL kicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants)
  • Jul 8 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 12 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 15 Kathy Kreiner, Canada, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)

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Jul 17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jul 18 Razor Shines, American baseball player, manager and coach
  • Jul 19 Great [Yoshiaki] Yatsu, wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF)
  • Jul 20 Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)

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Jul 20 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jul 22 Michael Spinks, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 26 Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 29 Brenda Hocott, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 29 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • Jul 31 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 2 Bill Murchison Jr, Lake Charles LA, Nike golfer (1994 Boise Open-2nd)
  • Aug 3 Todd Christensen, Bellefonte, PA, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 8 Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 10 Dianne Fromhottz, Balestrat Australia, tennis star
  • Aug 10 Tugboat, [Fred Ottman], WWF wrestler
  • Aug 12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • Aug 12 Terry Taylor, [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
  • Aug 14 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver
  • Aug 16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 16 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • Aug 16 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 18 Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • Aug 19 Cindy Nelson, US, skier (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • Aug 20 Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
  • Aug 21 Carol Charbonnier, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban
  • Aug 22 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 22 Peter Taylor, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 24 Gerry Cooney, heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980)
  • Aug 25 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Aug 26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • Aug 28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, Barbados, 4x100m (Olympic-bronze-1980, 84)
  • Aug 29 Edddie Murray, NFL kicker (Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Aug 29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Sep 2 Mario Tremblay, Canadian hockey player and coach
  • Sep 3 Hans-Georg Beyer, German DR, team handball player (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 4 Shane Gould, freestyle swimmer (Olympics-3 Gold-1972)
  • Sep 5 Steve Denton, tennis player (world's fastest tennis serve-138 mph), born in Kingsville, Texas
  • Sep 6 Pam Allen, Billings MT, LPGA golfer (1988 Planters Pat Bradley-12th)
  • Sep 7 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)
  • Sep 12 Charles Henry Beck, PGA golfer (1990 Buick Open 1992), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Sep 12 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver
  • Sep 14 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer
  • Sep 16 Anatoly Beloglazov, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 16 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 17 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • Sep 18 Peter Šťastný, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Sep 19 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 21 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • Sep 23 Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer
  • Sep 24 Ilona Briesenick-Slupianek, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 26 Steve Butler, American racing driver
  • Sep 29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1980, 84), born in London, England
  • Oct 1 Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Oct 4 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)

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Oct 4 Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ), born in Greenville South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • Oct 7 Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
  • Oct 8 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player
  • Oct 10 Melissa Belote, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1972)
  • Oct 13 Anura Ranasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982)

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Oct 14 Beth Daniel, American LPGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Oct 16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach

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Oct 18 Martina Navratilova, Czech tennis star (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Oct 19 Sue Barker, tennis pro (French Open 1976)
  • Oct 19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach
  • Oct 19 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 22 Frank DiPino, American baseball player
  • Oct 23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Oct 23 Darrell Pace, archer (Oly-2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Oct 27 Patty Sheehan, American LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open), born in Middlebury, Vermont

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Oct 29 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Oct 30 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96)
  • Nov 3 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher (Oakland), born in Seal Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 6 Graeme Wood, cricketer (Australian lefty opening batsman 1978-88)
  • Nov 8 Beverly Klass, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 16 Terry Labonte, American NASCAR driver
  • Nov 18 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • Nov 18 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)