On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1932

  • Jan 1 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • Jan 3 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1999)
  • Jan 3 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)

Person of interestChuck Noll

Jan 5 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Jan 7 Tormod Knutsen, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold individual 1964, silver 1960), born in Eidsvoll, Norway (d. 2021)
  • Jan 10 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), born in Okay, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • Jan 14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 15 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Jan 15 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 19 Joe Schmidt, College/Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (10 x Pro Bowl; 8 x First-team All-Pro; NFL C'ship 1953, 57; Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions 1967-72), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 20 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 20 Frank Arok AM, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), born in Kanjiža, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • Jan 21 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)
  • Jan 21 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2021)
  • Jan 28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 29 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)

  • Jan 29 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • Jan 29 George Allen, English footballer
  • Jan 30 Vladimír Heger, Czech basketball coach (Czechoslovakia 1965-69, 72-76; Netherlands 1983-85), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2021)
  • Feb 3 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • Feb 5 Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager
  • Feb 9 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • Feb 13 Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), born in Gijón, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Feb 14 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England
  • Feb 29 Gavin Stevens, Australian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in Glenelg, South Australia
  • Feb 29 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Mar 10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Mar 19 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Mar 22 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Mar 23 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • Mar 26 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), born in Queens, NY (d. 2019)
  • Mar 27 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • Mar 31 Godfrey Lawrence, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 8-53 v NZ 1961), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia

  • Apr 2 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistan cricket swing bowler (27 Tests, 68 wickets), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricket all-rounder (41 Tests, top score 122; 88 wickets), born in Nashik, India (d. 2020)
  • Apr 10 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Apr 16 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 2010)
  • Apr 19 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)
  • Apr 21 Angela Mortimer, British tennis player (French C'ships 1955, Australian C'ships 1958, Wimbledon 1961), born in Plymouth, England
  • Apr 24 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian boxer (Olympic gold light welterweight 1956), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Lia Manoliu, Romanian discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chişinău, Romania (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Apr 27 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 2 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 3 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), born in Roslavl, Russia (d. 2020)
  • May 6 John Bond, English cricketer (Lancashire), born in Kearsley, Lancashire, England
  • May 9 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • May 17 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • May 25 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas (d. 2020)
  • May 26 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • May 29 Richie Guerin, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (6-time NBA All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 1 Frank Cameron MBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (19 Tests; 62 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Jun 4 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2020)
  • Jun 5 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • Jun 8 Ray Illingworth CBE, English cricket captain and spin bowler (61 Tests; 122 wickets, 1,836 runs @ 23.24; Yorkshire, Leicestershire), born in Pudsey, England
  • Jun 12 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada'a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)
  • Jun 17 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 2017)
  • Jun 18 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), born in Huttonsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Jun 23 Bob Blair, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 19 Tests in 50s)
  • Jun 26 Henry Bromfield, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 9 Tests 1961-65), born in Mossel Bay, Cape Province
  • Jul 4 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium
  • Jul 10 Carlo Mario Abate, Italian racing driver, born in Turin, Italy
  • Jul 12 Otis Crandall Davis, American 400m/4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 13 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • Jul 14 Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, American actor, minister, and former professional American football player (Pennsylvania State University), born in Cuthbert, Georgia
  • Jul 15 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • Jul 16 Oleg Protopopov, Russian olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul 16 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), born in Overton, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jul 17 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Jul 21 Ernie Warlick, American football player, born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Jul 22 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), born in Monticello, Iowa (d. 2020)
  • Aug 2 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Aug 7 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • Aug 11 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • Aug 18 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), born in Budapest. Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • Aug 28 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Sep 4 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), born in Hammondsville, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Sep 11 Peter Anderson, English footballer (Plymouth Argyle), born in Devonport, England
  • Sep 12 Waqar Hasan, Pakistani cricket batsman (21 Tests, top score 189; member Pakistan's inaugural Test squad), born in Amritsar, Punjab, India (d. 2020)
  • Sep 14 Harry Sinden, Canadian NHL player and coach (Team Canada), born in Weston, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 14 Joshua Culbreath, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 16 Mickey Stewart, English cricketer and team manager (England Cricket Team), born in Herne Hill, England
  • Sep 22 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish world heavyweight boxing champ (1952)
  • Sep 25 Terry Medwin, Welsh footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Sep 27 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, Lancashire (d. 1958)

  • Sep 30 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • Oct 2 Maury Wills, American baseball shortstop and manager (7-time MLB All Star; NL MVP 1962), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 5 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • Oct 8 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Oct 12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • Oct 12 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), born in Krasnodar, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 17 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Oct 20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • Oct 20 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • Oct 24 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Oct 26 Chinadorai Deshmutu, Indian field hockey player (1952 Olympics)
  • Oct 27 Kathy Cornelius, American golfer (US Open 1956), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 27 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Oct 29 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • Nov 1 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Nov 2 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), born in Logansport, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • Nov 6 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 13 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956), born in Libiš, Czech Republic
  • Nov 16 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • Nov 21 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Nov 22 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Nov 24 Fred Titmus, cricketer (long-running England off-spinner)
  • Nov 27 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), born in Jansen, Saskatchewan (d. 2020)
  • Nov 29 Stephen A. DiMauro, American thoroughbred racing jockey, trainer, breeder and owner (Eclipse Award 1975; Lady Pitt, Dearly Precious, Nassipour, Wajima), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Dec 7 François Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), born in Visé, Belgium (d. 2020)

Person of interestBob Pettit

Dec 12 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Dec 20 Neil Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey linesman (1,744 NHL games; Hockey Hall of Fame), born in Plympton, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Dec 22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Dec 24 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India (d. 2000)
  • Dec 25 Peter Swales, British soccer executive (Chairman Manchester City FC 1973-93; vice-president English FA), born in Manchester, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 26 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), born in Condobolin, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)

About 1932

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