Birthdays in Sport in 1922

  • Jan 7 Alvin Dark, American baseball player & manager, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 19 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • Jan 21 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Twins record 102 wins 1965), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Neil Franklin, soccer star
  • Feb 1 Clifford McWatt, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1954-55)
  • Feb 5 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • Feb 9 James C "Jim" Laker, Bradford England, cricket off spinner
  • Feb 17 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • Feb 22 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
  • Feb 24 Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
  • Feb 26 Bill Johnston, cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
  • Mar 3 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)
  • Mar 5 Ebrahim Maka, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests 1952)
  • Mar 9 Herb Douglas, American long jumper (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 13 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricketer (NZ right-handed batsman of late 1940's), born in Rangiora, New Zealand (d. 1997)
  • Mar 13 Jim Rodger, sports writer
  • Mar 28 Joey Maxim, American boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 2014)
  • Apr 21 Allan Watkins, cricketer, England batsman late 40s early 50s)
  • Apr 29 George Allen, football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 29 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • Apr 30 Anton Murray, cricketer (South African batsman in 10 Tests 1951-55)
  • May 3 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 6 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • May 13 Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • May 28 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 31 Elisabeth, arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein
  • Jun 1 Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

Jun 2 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, born in Charlotte North Carolina

  • Jun 4 John McNamara, baseball player
  • Jun 7 Leo Reise Jr., Canadian ice hockey player, born in Stoney Creek, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Jun 13 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Jun 21 Jim McConnon, English cricketer (England off-spinner against Pakistan 1954), born in Burnopfield, England (d. 2003)
  • Jun 23 Leonard Dorfman, horse trainer
  • Jun 23 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • Jul 3 Art Fowler, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Ghulam Ahmed, cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's)

Person of interestJake LaMotta

Jul 10 Jake LaMotta, middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (portrayed in Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Jul 10 Herb McKenley, Jamaica, 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jul 13 Ken Mosdell, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)
  • Jul 22 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, born in San Francisco (d. 2015)
  • Jul 26 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • Aug 17 Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
  • Aug 23 George Kell, baseball player
  • Sep 1 Joe Astroth, East Alton, Illinois, MLB player (Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics), (d. 2013)
  • Sep 12 Wentworth Beaumont, 3rd Viscount Allendale, British peer, Royal Air Force officer and race horse breeder
  • Sep 15 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • Sep 19 Dana Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 19 Emil Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, 5K/10K/marathon (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 30 Allan Rae, cricketer (prolific WI opening batsman 1948-53)
  • Oct 5 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, (d. 2013)
  • Oct 5 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1985)
  • Oct 6 Joe Frazier, American baseball player
  • Oct 7 Grady Hatton, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • Oct 10 Harry Cave, cricketer (NZ bowler & Test captain in the 1950's)
  • Oct 10 Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Michigan, NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 22 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine footballer (d. 2001)
  • Oct 27 George Young, Scottish football player, born in Grangemouth, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico (d. 2014)
  • Oct 28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • Nov 8 Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Nov 21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • Nov 29 Minnie Miñoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time All Star), born in Perico, Cuba (d. 2015)
  • Dec 1 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey player (d. 1979)
  • Dec 8 George Fullerton, cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)
  • Dec 14 Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • Dec 23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Dec 28 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)