Birthdays in Sport in 1930

Person of interestDon Shula

Jan 4 Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • Jan 8 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestTim Horton

Jan 12 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • Jan 17 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • Jan 19 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • Jan 23 Mervyn Rose, Australian professional tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles), born in Coffs Harbour, NSW
  • Jan 26 Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr, Wisc, sailor (Olympic gold/bronze-1964, 72)
  • Jan 30 Sandy Amorós, Cuban baseball player (d. 1992)
  • Jan 31 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • Feb 8 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Feb 11 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 20 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 23 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 28 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 1 C D Gopinath, cricketer (batted in 8 Tests for India in the 1950's)
  • Mar 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Mar 5 Del Crandall, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • Mar 10 Sandor Iharos, athlete
  • Mar 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)
  • Mar 14 Ray Flockton, cricketer (prolific NSW batsman of 50's)
  • Mar 29 Gundibail Sunderam, Indian cricket pace bowler (2 Tests India v NZ 1955-56), born in Udupi, India (d. 2010)
  • Apr 3 Wally Moon, American baseball player, born in Bay, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • Apr 6 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • Apr 10 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2006)
  • Apr 20 Alan Oakman, English cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956), born in Hastings, Sussex, England
  • Apr 24 Conn Findlay, American coxswain (Olympic -2 gold, bronze 1956, 64, 76), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 25 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI), born in Saint Thomas, Barbados (d. 1992)
  • Apr 26 Roger Moens, Belgian 800m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Apr 29 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • May 1 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • May 4 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • May 8 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Person of interestPat Summerall

May 10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • May 12 Pat McCormick-Keller, diver (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Lakewood, California
  • May 16 Brian Davies, Brisbane, Australia, Rugby League player, (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Eddy Choong, Penang, Malaysia, Chinese badminton player, (d. 2013)
  • Jun 1 Matt Poore, cricketer (NZ batsman in 14 tests 1953-56 average 15.43)
  • Jun 2 Bob Lillis, baseball player
  • Jun 3 Michael Melle, cricketer (South African pace bowler of early 1950's)
  • Jun 6 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), born in Farnworth, Lancashire, (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Ian Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (1 Test v South Africa 1953-54 without distinction), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Jun 7 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian footballer (World Cup 1958, 1952, 51 caps), born in Itapira, Brazil (d. 2014)
  • Jun 12 Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of 50s), born in Mosman, Sydney, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Jun 12 Donald Byrne, American chess player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Jun 12 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)
  • Jun 15 Marcel Pronovost, professional ice hockey player
  • Jun 16 Brian Statham, cricketer (masterful England quick for two decades)
  • Jun 17 Brian Statham, cricketer
  • Jun 17 James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)

  • Jun 20 Paul Pender, American boxer
  • Jun 21 Mike McCormack, NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia)
  • Jun 27 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • Jun 30 Mac Benson, horse trainer

Person of interestGeorge Steinbrenner

Jul 4 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the NY Yankees, born in Rocky River, Ohio (d. 2010)

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jul 4 Yuri Tyukalov, Soviet Olympic rower
  • Jul 9 Roy McLean, cricketer (prolific South African batsman played 40 Tests)
  • Jul 11 Gregory C Bell, Terre Haute Ind, long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Jul 11 John Alabaster, cricketer (NZ most prolific leg-spinner with 49 wkts)
  • Jul 21 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 25 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • Aug 8 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • Aug 9 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop (Red Sox, 1952-7), born in Mississippi City, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • Aug 13 Wilmer David Mizell, American baseball player and politician, born in Vinegar Bend, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • Aug 14 Earl Weaver, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • Aug 16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestTony Trabert

Aug 16 Tony Trabert, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam singles winner)), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • Aug 18 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • Aug 22 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, born in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2013)
  • Aug 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • Aug 26 Joe Solomon, cricketer (WI batsman of 50's Cap fell on wkt v Aust)
  • Aug 30 Noel Harford, Winston New Zealand, NZ cricketer
  • Sep 8 Jeanette Altwegg, England, figure skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 11 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player (d. 2002)
  • Sep 13 James McLane, American 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 19 Bullett Bob Turley, Troy, Illinois, MLB pitcher (World Series MVP, 1958), (d. 2013)
  • Sep 29 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for India in 1950's)
  • Oct 1 Frank Gardner, Australian racing driver
  • Oct 2 J M Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India 1952-59 with little impact)
  • Oct 4 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)

Person of interestRichie Benaud

Oct 6 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain (great Aussie leg-spinner) and commentator, born in Penrith, New South Wales

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Oct 10 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Bill Fischer, baseball player
  • Oct 11 Harry Glass, German DR, 1st E German Olympic medalist (bronze-1956)
  • Oct 27 Bill George, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • Oct 28 Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports impresario (F1), born in St Peter, South Elmham
  • Nov 3 Brian Robinson, British cyclist
  • Nov 4 Dick Groat, shortstop (NL MVP 1960)
  • Nov 9 Charlie Jones, American sportscaster (Almost Anything Goes), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • Nov 10 Gene Conley, MLB player/NBA player
  • Nov 14 Alan Moss, cricket pace bowler (England during 50's)
  • Nov 14 Charles De Sorgher, Belgian bobsledder
  • Nov 17 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

Nov 19 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (2-time Wimbledon runner-up), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2011)

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Nov 23 Jack McKeon, baseball player
  • Nov 24 C T Patankar, cricketer (kept wicket in one Test India v NZ 1955-56)
  • Nov 24 Ken Barrington, cricketer (tough England batsman)
  • Nov 24 Bob Friend, baseball player
  • Nov 24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Nov 30 James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount NC, light HW boxer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Dec 4 Harvey Kuenn, baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953)
  • Dec 7 Hal Smith, American baseball player, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 15 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • Dec 18 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 25 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and father of Andre Agassi