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Birthdays in Sport in 1934

  • Jan 5 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • Jan 5 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jan 7 Charles Jenkins Snr., American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)
  • Jan 8 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • Jan 9 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Jan 12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • Jan 28 Bill White, American 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • Jan 31 Brian Bolus, English cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 41.33; Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestHank Aaron

Feb 5 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Person of interestDon Cherry

Feb 5 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • Feb 8 Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathlete (1957, 58)
  • Feb 9 John A Ziegler Jr, 4th NHL president (1977-92), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Feb 11 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)

Person of interestBill Russell

Feb 12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 14 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Olympic 2 bronze-1956)
  • Feb 14 Bruce Headley, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (Breeders' Cup Sprint 2000 Kona Gold), born in Baldwin Park, California (d. 2021)
  • Feb 16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Woman's PGA C'ship 1956), born in Eureka, South Dakota
  • Feb 20 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 75, 81; USAC C'ship 1968, 74), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2021)
  • Feb 21 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2020)

Person of interestSparky Anderson

Feb 22 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Feb 24 Flemming Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Feb 24 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), born in Oakland, California (d. 1966)
  • Feb 26 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • Mar 2 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Mar 7 Nari Contractor, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Godhra, India
  • Mar 8 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • Mar 8 Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), born in Vidreres, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Sydney Burke, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 11-196 on Test debut v NZ 1961), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mar 16 Howard Schnellenberger, American football coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1983; Uni of Oklahoma, Uni of Louisville, Florida Atlantic Uni; Baltimore Colts), born in Saint Meinrad, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Mar 18 Roy Chapman, English footballer & manager, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • Mar 21 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Mar 26 Gino Cappelletti, American football running back (AFL All-Star 1961, 63-66; AFL MVP 1964; Boston Patriots), born in Keewatin, Minnesota

  • Apr 2 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 Jim Parker, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (Baltimore Colts), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 John Muckler, Canadian ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers 1990; Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers) and executive (GM Ottawa Senators), born in Midland, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Apr 14 Bruce Pairaudeau, West Indian cricketer (WI opening bat in 13 Tests, 115 on debut), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • Apr 21 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • Apr 25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer, born in Newry, Ireland
  • Apr 29 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player (Chicago White Sox, MLB Hall of Fame), born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • May 1 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (20 caps; Wellington 133 games), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 3 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • May 5 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), born in Plean, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • May 10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • May 13 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • May 17 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • May 30 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 3 Jim Gentile, MLB player, "Diamond Jim", born in San Francisco
  • Jun 4 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all Grand Tours), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Jun 5 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • Jun 9 Helga Haase, East German 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Danzig, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jun 19 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)
  • Jun 20 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 1999)
  • Jun 23 Marino H. Casem, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) and athletic administrator (Alcorn State, Southern), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Jun 25 Willy Rodriguez, West Indian cricketer (occasional leg-spin bat for WI in 60's), born in St Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jun 28 Roy Gilchrist, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 57 wickets), born in St Thomas, Jamaica (d. 2001)
  • Jul 2 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • Jul 10 Munir Malik, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1959-62), born in Leiah, British India (d. 2012)
  • Jul 13 Ivor Mendonca, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1962)
  • Jul 14 Lee Elder, American golfer (first African-American to play in the US Masters; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 16 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Jul 20 Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • Jul 21 Chandu Borde, Indian cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67), born in Pune, British India
  • Jul 23 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Jul 24 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), born in Lisbon, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Jul 27 André Abadie, French rugby union front rower (7 caps; SC Rieumois, SC Graulhetois, SC Albi), born in Toulouse, France (d. 2020)
  • Jul 29 Alfred Scott, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • Jul 30 Bud Selig, American Baseball Hall of Fame team owner (Milwaukee Brewers) and executive (MLB Commissioner 1998-2015), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 1 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • Aug 2 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • Aug 6 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • Aug 13 Gary Davidson, American sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • Aug 15 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), born in Port Maria, St Mary, Jamaica (d. 2019)
  • Aug 16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • Aug 16 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Aug 18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 18 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 19 Renee Richards [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • Aug 19 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines

  • Aug 29 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Aug 30 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • Sep 7 Bill Giles, American baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestRoger Maris

Sep 10 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Sep 11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Sep 12 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)

Person of interestElgin Baylor

Sep 16 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • Sep 17 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)
  • Sep 22 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), born in Mayville, North Dakota (d. 2020)
  • Sep 23 John Mortimore, English soccer defender (Chelsea 249 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Benfica, Real Betis), born in Farnborough, England (d. 2021)
  • Sep 24 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Anderson, Scottish footballer (Stockport County), born in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Sep 27 Dick Schaap, sportscaster/author (Bo Knows Bo, Instant Replay)
  • Sep 29 Lance Gibbs, cricketer (prolific West Indian off-spinner, 309 wickets)
  • Sep 29 Lindsay Kline, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957)
  • Oct 1 Neil Castles, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National East Series Champion 1972), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Oct 1 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), born in Johnsburg, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Oct 2 Geoff Millman, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), born in Bedford, Bedfordshire (d. 2005)
  • Oct 2 Earl Wilson, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; AL wins leader 1967 Boston Red Sox), born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • Oct 3 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • Oct 4 Sam Huff, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5-time Pro Bowl; NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Edna, West Virginia
  • Oct 5 David Smith, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests), born in Fishponds, Bristol (d. 2003)
  • Oct 7 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Oct 8 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, born in Staffordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • Oct 10 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Maharashtra), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 2020)
  • Oct 17 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • Oct 19 Des Hoare, cricketer (Australian quickie in Test in 1961 v W Indies)
  • Oct 24 Arvind Apte, Indian cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India (d. 2014)
  • Oct 24 Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
  • Oct 27 Phil Horrocks-Taylor, English rugby union fly half (9 caps England, 1 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)

  • Oct 28 Jim Beatty, American athlete (first to break 4-minute mile barrier on an indoor track 3:58.9 1962), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestKen Rosewall

Nov 2 Ken Rosewall, Australian tennis player (8 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Nov 3 Derek Richardson, English cricket batsman (1 Test; Worcestershire 383 first class games), born in Hereford, Herefordshire
  • Nov 3 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Jonesboro, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Nov 10 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1969)
  • Nov 10 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in Eldorado, Texas (d. 1986)
  • Nov 11 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Warsaw (d. 2015)
  • Nov 11 Paula Myers-Pope, American platform diver, 2 silver, 1 bronze (Olympics 1952-60), born in Lackawanna, New York (d. 1995)
  • Nov 14 Kurt Hamrin, Swedish soccer player, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 21 Peter Philpott, cricketer (NSW & Australian leg spinner 1965-66)
  • Nov 21 Dietrich Weise, German soccer forward (Eintracht Frankfurt, FSV Mainz) and manager (FC Kaiserslautern, E Frankfurt, F Düsseldorf, Egypt, Liechtenstein), born in Gröben, Germany (d. 2020)

Person of interestLew Hoad

Nov 23 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1994)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Nov 26 Lyudmila Shevtsova, Soviet 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Taman, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR
  • Nov 27 Ammo Baba, Iraqi-Assyrian footballer and coach, born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2009)
  • Nov 30 Steve Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (New York Yankees) and basketball forward (Minneapolis Lakers), born in Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • Dec 1 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • Dec 2 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2004)
  • Dec 6 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 11 Salim Durani, Indian cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's), born in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Dec 17 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • Dec 18 Colin Baker, Welsh soccer wing half (7 caps; Cardiff City 298 games), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2021)
  • Dec 19 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • Dec 21 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani Cricket Batsman (55 Tests; longest Test innings in history at 16 hours, 337 v WI 1958; 12 x 100), born in Junagadh, British India (d. 2016)
  • Dec 22 David Pearson, American stock car racer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Dec 25 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • Dec 27 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • Dec 28 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • Dec 29 Benny Dees, American college basketball coach (U of New Orleans; U of Wyoming; Western Carolina Uni), born in Mount Vernon, Georgia (d. 2021)

About 1934

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