Birthdays in Sport in 1929

  • Jan 7 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 17 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1), born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

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Jan 17 Jacques Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Jan 23 Ian Thomson, cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65)
  • Jan 28 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • Jan 29 William McMillan, American rapid pistol (Olympic gold 1960) [or Jul 3]
  • Jan 30 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60)
  • Feb 3 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • Feb 5 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 9 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • Feb 10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • Feb 15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • Feb 16 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 22 Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 23 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • Feb 27 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • Feb 28 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • Mar 5 Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
  • Mar 6 David Sheppard, bishop (Liverpool)/cricketer (England batsman)
  • Mar 11 Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50')
  • Mar 12 Bernard Costello, American double sculls (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 13 Walter Medio, race horse trainer
  • Mar 14 Thomas Bell Jr, race horse trainer
  • Mar 21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler

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Mar 23 Roger Bannister, English middle distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile in 1954, born in Harrow, England

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • Mar 24 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • Mar 25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (d. 2003)
  • Mar 28 Paul England, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 1 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • Apr 13 Marilynn Smith, LPGA golfer (1972 Pabst Open), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Apr 19 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 25 Yvette Corlett, athlete
  • Apr 25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Oly-gold-52)
  • Apr 27 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • Apr 29 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • May 1 Sonny Ramadhin, cricket spin bowler (great WI)
  • May 2 Sydney Gedye, cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, baseball player, manager (including Seattle 1986-87)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • May 15 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • May 21 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • May 28 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • Jun 2 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player
  • Jun 8 Ventappa Muddiah, cricketer (Indian off-spinner in 2 Tests 1959-61)
  • Jun 9 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • Jun 14 Alan Davidson, cricketer (mighty Australian lefty quick all-rounder)

  • Jun 21 Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*)
  • Jun 27 William Afflis, American wrestler (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Peter George, weightlifter (Oly-gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio

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Jul 4 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Jul 4 Bill Tuttle, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Chuck Tanner, baseball player
  • Jul 5 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, born in Limpsfield, Surrey (d. 1995)
  • Jul 10 Moe Norman, Canadian Tour golfer (1966 Quebec Open), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 13 Red Terrill Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 18 Dick Totten Button, figure skater (Olympic gold 48, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey

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Jul 19 Sofia Muratova, Russian gymnast (1952-60 Olympics: 6 gold, 3 silver & 4 bronze), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2006)

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Jul 20 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Jul 21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 22 John Barber, British racing driver
  • Jul 24 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56)
  • Jul 25 Eddie Mazur, Canadian hockey player (d. 1995)
  • Jul 31 José Santamaria, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Aug 6 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Oly-silver-1956)
  • Aug 7 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Aug 12 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Oly-gold/silver-52)
  • Aug 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)
  • Aug 16 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 23 Peter Thompson, golfer
  • Aug 27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Sep 3 Carlo Clerici, Swiss cyclist (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Roger Byrne, English footballer (d. 1958

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Sep 10 Arnold Palmer, American golfing great (4x Masters), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • Sep 17 Stirling Moss, race car driver, born in London, England
  • Sep 21 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (d. 1979)
  • Sep 25 John Rutherford, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956)
  • Sep 26 Meredith C Gourdine, long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 1 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
  • Oct 6 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)
  • Oct 8 Valdir Pereira, Brazilian footballer (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 19 Balbir Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1948-56)
  • Oct 24 James Brosnan, baseball player/writer (Long Season)
  • Oct 25 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • Oct 28 Narotam Puna, cricketer (Bombay NZ off-spinner v England 1966)
  • Nov 4 Jimmy Piersall, baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
  • Nov 8 Trevor McMahon, NZ cricket wicketkeeper (v India & Pak 1955-56)
  • Nov 8 Bobby Bowden, American football coach
  • Nov 17 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Nov 17 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • Nov 17 Norm Zauchin, baseball player (d. 1999)
  • Nov 20 Donald Ray January, Plainview TX, PGA golfer (1960 Tucson Open)
  • Nov 29 Don January, pro golfer (1976 Vardon Trophy)
  • Dec 2 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Dec 11 S P "Fergie" Gupte, cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner)
  • Dec 12 Doug Ford, cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's)
  • Dec 15 Keith Andrew, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63)
  • Dec 18 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • Dec 22 Wazir Mohammad, cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers)

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Dec 28 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian NHL goaltender (Redwings, Bruins, Maple Leaf, Rangers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Dec 31 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)