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Birthdays in Sport in 1933

  • Jan 1 Ford Konno, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m, 4x200m freestyle 1952; WR 200m freestyle 2:03.9, 400m freestyle 4:26.7), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 7 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), born in Streetly, England (d. 2018)
  • Jan 10 Len Coldwell, English cricket player (England medium-fast bowler in 7 Tests 1962-64), born in Newton Abbot, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 13 Tom B Gola, NBA Hall-of-Famer, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 18 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), born in Le Bardo, Tunisia (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • Feb 7 John Anderton, English footballer
  • Feb 9 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 11 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 16 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Feb 18 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), born in Sacriston, County Durham (d. 2009)
  • Feb 22 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England
  • Feb 23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Feb 27 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Feb 28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • Feb 28 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)

  • Mar 5 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2018)
  • Mar 6 Kim Elgie, South African cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)
  • Mar 6 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Mar 7 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Mar 20 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • Mar 22 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • Mar 23 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1956; World C'ship gold 1953-56), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 1 Robert Shavlakadze, Georgian high jumper (Olympic gold high jump for Soviet Union 1960), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1985)
  • Apr 4 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • Apr 5 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • Apr 10 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player (New York Rangers), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)
  • Apr 19 Harold "Dickie" Bird, English cricket umpire (66 Tests, 69 ODI), born in Barnsley, England
  • Apr 24 Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent and promoter, born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Apr 29 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2018)
  • May 4 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • May 5 Collie Smith, West Indies cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

May 7 Johnny Unitas, NFL quarterback (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • May 14 John Mortimore, cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)

  • May 24 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), born in Dudhani, Maharashtra (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Ray Spencer, English footballer, born in Kings Norton, Birmingham (d. 2016)
  • May 26 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • May 29 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna (d. 2005)
  • Jun 1 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • Jun 2 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Missouri, (d. 2014)
  • Jun 7 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jun 10 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Jun 14 Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach, born in Liski, Russian SFSR (d. 2017)
  • Jun 15 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • Jun 16 Ken Johnson, MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Jun 18 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jun 20 Jean Boiteux, French 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jun 29 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • Jun 30 Mike Smith, English cricket batsman and captain (50 Tests; last England dual international [1 rugby union cap]), born in Westcotes, Leicestershire
  • Jul 1 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), born in Lambourn, England (d.2017)
  • Jul 1 Sam Rutigliano, American NFL coach and broadcaster (Cleveland Browns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 Frank Austin, English footballer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Jul 7 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jul 10 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Taitung, Taiwan (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), born in Mutare, Zimbabwe (d. 2006)
  • Jul 17 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • Jul 20 Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
  • Jul 24 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Jul 27 Roger Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman vs England 1959), born in Otahuhu, Auckland
  • Jul 28 Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Jul 29 Cammie Smith, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Aug 1 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), born in Heiwa, Nakashima, Aichi, Japan (d. 2019)
  • Aug 3 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • Aug 4 Nate Brooks, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1952), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 6 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959)
  • Aug 6 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 10 Bill Nieder, shot putter, (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 10 Rocky Colavito, baseball player (Hit 4 HRs in a game), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 12 Parnelli Jones, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1963) and team owner (Indy 500 1970–71; USAC National Championships 1970, 71, 72), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Aug 17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • Aug 18 Just Fontaine, French footballer, born in Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Aug 23 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Sep 3 Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), born in Port Mourant, British Guyana (d. 2019)
  • Sep 12 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman

Person of interestScotty Bowman

Sep 18 Scotty Bowman, NHL player and coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Sep 20 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • Sep 25 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Neale Fraser, Australian tennis player and coach (3-time Grand Slam winner, Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 18 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Birthright, TX (d. 2019)
  • Oct 19 Brian Booth, cricketer (dual Australian cricket/hockey international)
  • Oct 19 Wilfried Dietrich, German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Oct 21 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid), born in El Astillero, Spain
  • Oct 22 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian footballer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 23 Tom Dewdney, cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's)
  • Oct 25 Ron Archer, Australian cricketer (Aussie all-rounder mid-50's), born in Highgate Hill, Queensland
  • Oct 25 Roy Swetman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper late 50's), born in Westminster, London
  • Oct 27 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad (d. 2012)
  • Oct 28 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, born in Pau Grande, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • Oct 31 Phil Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachine, Canada

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

Oct 31 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

  • Nov 1 Davey Moore, American boxer (world featherweight champion 1959-63), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • Nov 4 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • Nov 4 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Nov 6 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 10 Seymour Nurse, Barbadian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 258 v NZ 1969), born in Jack-My-Nanny Gap, Black Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 2019)
  • Nov 12 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • Nov 17 Orlando Peña, Cuban baseball player
  • Nov 17 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), born in Penarth, Wales (d. 2019)
  • Nov 25 Lenny Moore, NFL back (Baltimore Colts)
  • Nov 30 Norman Deeley, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 2 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2003)
  • Dec 4 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • Dec 6 Jim Pothecary, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • Dec 9 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Dec 9 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • Dec 10 Grenville Alabaster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ tourist to Aust 1973-74), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Dec 10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • Dec 17 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Gleiwitz, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Dec 17 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • Dec 19 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • Dec 20 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), born in Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • Dec 21 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 27 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)

About 1933

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