Birthdays in Sport in 1931

  • Jan 5 Walt Davis, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1952) and NBA player (Philadelphia Warriors), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 31 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Feb 1 Madeline Berthod, Swiss downhill skier (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 6 Fred Trueman, England cricket fast bowler (England 67 Tests, 307 wickets), born in Stainton, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 9 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • Feb 11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • Feb 14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • Feb 16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • Feb 16 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • Feb 26 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 6 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Mar 28 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2018)
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d.2013)
  • Apr 3 Johnny Nicholls, English football player, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1995)
  • Apr 9 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 13 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), born in Port Jefferson, New York (d. 2018)
  • Apr 14 Paul Masnick, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 17 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • Apr 18 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Apr 19 Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Robert Dickson, Canadian ice hockey player (1948)

Person of interestWillie Mays

May 6 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • May 19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • May 20 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • May 28 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)
  • Jun 2 Larry Jackson, baseball player
  • Jun 3 Lindy Remigino, American athlete
  • Jun 9 Bill Virdon, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)/mgr (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 10 Jim [Purvis] Ferree Jr, Pine Bluff NC, PGA golfer (1958 Vancouver)
  • Jun 21 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • Jun 24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 28 Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), born in Hereford, England (d. 2017)
  • Jul 4 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jul 6 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), born in Košice, Slovakia (d. 2018)

Person of interestRoone Arledge

Jul 8 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • Jul 20 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • Jul 23 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, born in Leningrad (d. 2016)
  • Jul 26 Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Jul 28 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • Jul 31 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach, born in Pelham, New York
  • Aug 1 Trevor Goddard, cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • Aug 2 Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)
  • Aug 2 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Narendra Tamhane, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1950's), born in Bombay, India
  • Aug 9 Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • Aug 13 Norman Read, New Zealand 50K walker (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Aug 18 Dick White, English footballer
  • Aug 19 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d.2003)
  • Aug 20 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
  • Aug 27 Joe Cunningham, American baseball player

Person of interestJean Beliveau

Aug 31 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Sep 3 Dick Motta, NBA coach (856 wins, Its not over 'til the fat lady sings)
  • Sep 7 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette)
  • Sep 13 Marjorie Jackson, Australia, sprinter (Olympic gold 1952) [or Feb 13]
  • Sep 23 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • Sep 26 Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman)
  • Sep 30 Ray Willsey, Regina Sask, WLAF def coordinator (Frankfurt, Scotland)

Person of interestGlenn Hall

Oct 3 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • Oct 4 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • Oct 13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', born in Noeux-les-Mines (d. 2017)

Person of interestMickey Mantle

Oct 20 Mickey Mantle, American baseball hall of fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, NY Yankees), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Oct 21 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • Oct 23 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Oct 25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Lambeg, Ireland
  • Nov 6 Peter Collins, English race car driver, born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (d. 1958)
  • Nov 9 Tommy Greenhough, English cricketer (English leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1959-60), born in Rochdale, Lancashire (d. 2009)
  • Nov 9 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois
  • Nov 23 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Nov 25 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • Nov 26 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Nov 29 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)

Person of interestBill Walsh

Nov 30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Dec 4 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestTom Brookshier

Dec 16 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Dec 18 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)