On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1923

  • Jan 3 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Jan 3 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Jan 8 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's), born in Ardsley, South Yorkshire (d. 1985)
  • Jan 11 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • Jan 16 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Jan 23 Horace Ashenfelter, American 3000m steeplechase (Olympic gold 1952), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 29 Jack Burke Jr, American golfer (US Masters, PGA C'ship 1956), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Feb 2 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Feb 10 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • Feb 10 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 14 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Feb 23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Mar 4 Piero J d'Inzeo, French equestrian show jumper (Olymp-gold-1952, 64)
  • Mar 7 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), born in Thomaston, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Mar 11 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Mar 12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1952), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 16 George Bean, cricketer (92 runs in 3 Tests for Eng v Aust)
  • Mar 18 Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • Mar 19 Bobby Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Rangers, Falkirk) and manager (St Johnstone; Scottish national team 1967-71), born in Dunipace, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Mar 23 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), born in Rhein, Saskatchewan (d. 2000)
  • Mar 25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), born in Fijnaart, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Mar 29 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), born in St. Helens, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 31 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), born in Oakland, CA (d. 1993)
  • Mar 31 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • Apr 10 John Watkins, South African cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 29 wickets, 3 x 50s; Natal), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • Apr 14 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up),, born in Villa Ballester, Argentina (d. 2017)
  • Apr 17 Solly Hemus, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1959–61), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • Apr 24 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • Apr 24 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Apr 30 Alan Wharton, English cricketer (England batsman once v NZ 1949, scored 7 & 13), born in Heywood, Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • May 1 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • May 10 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 21 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co- founder LPGA Tour), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • May 23 Nirode Chowdhury, Indian cricket pace bowler (1949-52)
  • Jun 14 Donald Smith, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Sussex), born in Broadwater, Sussex, England (d. 2021)
  • Jun 14 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 16 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (d. 1962)
  • Jun 17 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • Jun 22 Jimmy Cameron, Jamaican cricketer (WI batsman 1948-49), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • Jun 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), born in Bayamo, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • Jun 25 Jack Hill, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner of mid 50's), born in Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia (d. 1974)
  • Jun 28 Lloyd Labeach, 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Panama City, Panama
  • Jun 28 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), born in Everettville, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • Jul 8 Harrison Dillard, American sprinter (4 Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 14 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (1948 Long Jump), born in El Centro, California (d. 1989)
  • Jul 19 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • Jul 23 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1997)
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Aug 10 Fred Ridgway, England cricket pace bowler (1951-52 Indian tour)
  • Aug 12 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • Aug 18 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicket-keeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • Aug 18 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • Aug 18 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer, born in Karachi (d. 1982)
  • Aug 21 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Aug 23 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)

Vic Seixas

Aug 30 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Nat C'ship 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Marciano

Sep 1 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

  • Sep 3 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), born in Antioch, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Sep 3 Herbert Binkert, German soccer striker (12 caps Saarland; FC Saarbrücken), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Sep 5 Ken Meuleman, Australian cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2004)

Louise Suggs

Sep 7 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

  • Sep 8 Alan Weeks, English sports commentator (BBC), born in Bristol. England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 29 Bum Phillips, American football coach (Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 5 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • Oct 5 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Oct 10 Murray Walker, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • Oct 12 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 13 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes, Fortuna, Inter Milan), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Oct 22 Pete Pihos, American Pro/College Football HOF end (Indiana University; 6 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Oct 22 Bert Trautmann, German soccer goalkeeper (Manchester City 508 games; FWA Footballer of the Year 1956), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • Nov 1 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), born in Cowandilla, South Australia (d. 1980)
  • Nov 3 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), born in Clarion, Iowa (d.2008)
  • Nov 5 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, born in Bradford, England (d. 1997)
  • Nov 6 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • Nov 9 Alice Coachman, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1948), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 17 Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricket batsman (42 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 230no; Otago CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • Nov 17 Mike Garcia, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • Nov 23 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), born in Gloversville, NY (d. 1986)
  • Nov 25 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Nov 28 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 3 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2000)
  • Dec 3 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England (d. 2011)
  • Dec 4 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Dec 7 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), born in Panama Canal Zone, Panama (d. 2008)
  • Dec 8 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • Dec 12 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Dec 12 John Pulman, English snooker player (World Champion 1957-68; News of the World Snooker Tournament 1954, 57, 58), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1998)
  • Dec 21 Wataru "Wat" Misaka, American professional basketball player, first non-white player, and first player of Asian descent in BAA (later known as NBA) (New York Knicks, 1947-48), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2019)
  • Dec 23 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver, born in Zárate, Argentina (d. 1954)
  • Dec 24 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)

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