Birthdays in Sport on April 1

  • 1882 Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)
  • 1902 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • 1906 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1911 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • 1921 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1935 John Murray, cricketer (Eng 1961-67, 1st wk called Murray to play Tests)
  • 1939 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • 1941 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • 1944 Rusty Staub, American baseball player
  • 1947 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • 1948 Y Y Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1949 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1952 Rey Robinson, American 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • 1953 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • 1955 Danny Joe Pohl, Mt Pleasant MI, PGA golfer (1986 Colonial)
  • 1957 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • 1957 Donald William Hammond, Frederick MD, PGA golfer (1986 Bob Hope)
  • 1958 Anton Innauer, Austrian 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1961 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1962 Rich Amaral, Visalia CA, outfielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1964 John Morris, cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990)
  • 1964 Kevin Duckworth, NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1964 Scott Stevens, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1964 Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
  • 1965 John "Jumbo" Elliott, NFL tackle (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • 1965 Mark Jackson, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers) and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1966 Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
  • 1968 Joel Smeenge, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1969 Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
  • 1969 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1969 John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1969 Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1970 Mark Wheeler, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs, NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Oly-6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1970 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Daniel Vacek, tennis star, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Ernest Jones, NFL defensive end (Saints, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971 Shinji Nakano, Japanese race car driver
  • 1972 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Ferdy Vierklau, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1973 Stephen Fleming, cricketer (NZ left-handed Test batsman 1994-)
  • 1974 Hugo Benjamín Ibarra, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Sandra Völker, German swimmer
  • 1975 Kristine Quance, 100m breaststroke/200m medley (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Magdalena Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)
  • 1975 George Bastl, Swiss tennis player
  • 1976 Clarence Seedorf, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax, Real Madrid)
  • 1977 Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist
  • 1978 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • 1981 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
  • 1981 Pieter Weening, Dutch cyclist
  • 1981 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • 1983 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic footballer
  • 1983 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • 1987 Li Ting, Chinese diver
  • 1988 Courtney McCool, American gymnast
  • 1988 Brook Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1988 Robin Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1989 Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver