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Birthdays in Sport in 1929

  • Jan 7 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 7 Ken Henry, American speed skater (Olympic gold 500m 1952), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jan 7 Mario Bergamaschi, Italian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Calcio Como, A.C. Milan, U.C. Sampdoria), born in Crema, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Jan 17 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)
  • Jan 20 Fireball Roberts, American racing driver (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • Jan 23 Ian Thomson, English cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • Jan 28 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • Jan 29 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), born in Frostburg, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • Jan 30 Hugh Tayfield, South African cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • Feb 3 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • Feb 5 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), born in Lima, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • Feb 8 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • Feb 9 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • Feb 10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 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 18 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • Feb 22 Ryne Duren, American near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 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 College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), born in Eastland, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 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 14 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Mar 21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler

Person of interestRoger Bannister

Mar 23 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), born in Harrow, England (d. 2018)

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, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • Apr 1 Bo Schembechler Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Miami U), coach (Miami U 1963-68, University of Michigan 1969-89; career record 234–65–8), and administrator (Michigan), born in Barberton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)

  • Apr 10 Duje Bonačić, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Apr 13 Marilynn Smith, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • Apr 19 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 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, West Indian cricket spin bowler (43 Tests, 158 wickets), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad
  • May 2 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • 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 17 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • May 30 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • Jun 2 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2007)
  • Jun 8 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), born in Bangalore, Mysore (d. 2009)
  • Jun 9 Keith Gardner, Jamaican athlete (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • Jun 14 Alan Davidson, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian lefty quick all-rounder), born in Lisarow, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 17 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), born in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1984)
  • Jun 21 Agha Saadat Ali, Pakistani cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 1995)
  • Jun 29 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestAl Davis

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, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Cramer, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Jul 4 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 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 golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jul 17 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Jul 18 Dick Button, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Person of interestSofia Muratova

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

Person of interestMike Ilitch

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 wicket-keeper (1953-56), born in KIngston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • Jul 25 Eddie Mazur, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Winnipeg, Mnaitoba, Canada (d. 1995)
  • Jul 31 José Santamaría, Uruguayan soccer defender (Uruguay 20, Spain 16 caps; Real Madrid), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Aug 6 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Aug 7 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Aug 12 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold/silver-52)
  • Aug 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • Aug 15 Jerry Groom, American College Football Hall of fame center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • Aug 16 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 23 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • Aug 27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Sep 3 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Dow Finsterwald, American golfer (PGA Championship 1958), born in Athens, Ohio

Person of interestArnold Palmer

Sep 10 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • Sep 17 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Sep 21 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)
  • Sep 22 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Sep 25 John Rutherford, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956), born in Bruce Rock, Western Australia
  • Sep 26 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1998)

  • Oct 1 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league halfback, coach, administrator (NSWRL, ARL, Manly-Warringah chairman), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 3 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2019)
  • Oct 6 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)
  • Oct 8 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, born in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Oct 16 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Oct 19 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), born in Haripur Khalsa, India (d. 2020)
  • Oct 24 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Oct 25 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • Oct 25 LaDell Andersen, American college basketball coach (Utah State, BYU), born in Malad City, Idaho (d. 2019)
  • Oct 31 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)
  • Nov 5 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • Nov 8 Trevor McMahon, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (v India & Pak 1955-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nov 8 Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nov 14 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • Nov 14 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Nov 17 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Nov 17 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Nov 17 Norm Zauchin, baseball player (d. 1999)
  • Nov 20 Don January, American golfer (PGA Championship 1967), born in Plainview Texas
  • Dec 2 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 11 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2002)
  • Dec 15 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), born in Greenacres, Oldham, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 16 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales
  • Dec 18 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • Dec 22 Wazir Mohammad, Indian cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers), born in Junagadh, India

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

Dec 28 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), 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)

About 1929

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