On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1936

  • Jan 1 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Jan 6 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Darlene Hard

Jan 6 Darlene Hard, American tennis player (US C'ships 1960-61, French C'ships 1960; 18 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)

  • Jan 9 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Ralph Terry, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; World Series 1961, 62 [MVP]; NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians, NY Mets), born in Big Cabin, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • Jan 14 Ludmila Pinayeva, Soviet 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972), born in Krasnoye Selo, Russia
  • Jan 14 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), born in Münster, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jan 22 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Jan 23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • Feb 3 Bob Simpson, Australian cricket batsman, captain and coach (62 Tests @ 46.81, 10 x 100s; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 8 Manohar Hardikar, Indian cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59), born in Baroda, Gujarat (d. 1995)
  • Feb 13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • Feb 13 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 13 Pavol Molnár, Slovak soccer forward (20 caps Czechoslovakia; SK Slovan Bratislava, FK Inter Bratislava), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • Feb 13 Frank Connor, Scottish soccer manager (Cowdenbeath FC, Berwick Rangers FC, Celtic FC, Raith Rovers FC), born in Airdrie, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Feb 14 Charlie Burns, Canadian ice hockey forward (world champion Whitby Dunlops 1958) and coach (Minnesota North Stars), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • Feb 17 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2020)

Jim Brown

Feb 17 Jim Brown, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Syracuse Uni; NFL MVP 1957, 58, 65; NFL Rookie of the Year 1957; 8 × First-team All-Pro; 9 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

  • Feb 17 Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 18 Jozef Vengloš, Slovak soccer manager (Australia, Czechoslovakia, Malaysia, Fenerbahçe, Aston Villa, Celtic, Slovakia), born in Ružomberok, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • Feb 20 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • Feb 26 José Yudica, Argentine soccer forward (4 caps; Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors) and manager (Newell's Old Boys, Quilmes), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2021)

Henri Richard

Feb 29 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)

  • Feb 29 Don Sutherin, American Canadian Football HOF defensive back/placekicker (Grey Cup 1963, 65, 68, 69; Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders), born in Empire, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • Mar 4 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965; F1 World Champion 1963, 65), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Mar 5 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 x PGA Tour titles; 11 x Champions Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • Mar 7 Colin Appleton, English soccer midfielder (Leicester City 277 games) and manager (Hull City, Swansea City, Exeter City), born in Scarborough, England (d. 2021)
  • Mar 8 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Mar 10 Sepp Blatter, Swiss ice hockey and football official
  • Mar 12 Keith Slater, Australian cricket all-rounder (1 Test; WACA) and Australian Rules ruckman (WA 20 games; Swan Districts, Subiaco), born in Perth, Australia
  • Mar 12 Eddie Sutton, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State; first coach to take 4 schools to NCAA tournament), born in Bucklin, Kansas (d. 2020)
  • Mar 14 Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • Mar 14 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), born in Calonne-Ricouart, France (d. 2021)
  • Mar 16 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 18 Tony Nash, English bobsledder (Olympic gold two-man 1964), born in Amersham, England
  • Mar 19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • Mar 24 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Pierre Kerkhoffs, Dutch soccer striker (5 caps; SC Enschede, PSV, Lausanne Sport), born in Geleen, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • Mar 31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario
  • Apr 1 Ron Perranoski, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; LA Dodgers; AL saves leader 1969, 70) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Apr 2 Shaul Ladany, Israeli race walker (world record 50-mile walk 7:23:50 1972; World C'ships gold 100km walk 9:31:00 1972), born in Belgrade, Serbia

John Madden

Apr 10 John Madden, American Pro Football HOF coach (Oakland Raiders 1969-78; Super Bowl 1976) and sportscaster (16 x Emmy Award winner; CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC; Madden NFL video games), born in Austin, Minnesota (d. 2021) [1]

  • Apr 14 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 15 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), born in Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Raymond Poulidor, French professional cyclist, born in Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
  • Apr 19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)

Bob Cleary

Apr 21 Bob Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • Apr 22 Takeshi Koba, Japanese Baseball HOF infielder (Hiroshima Carp) and manager (Japan Series Champion 1979, 80, 84 Hiroshima Carp), born in Kumamoto, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Apr 23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • Apr 25 Leonel Sánchez, Chilean soccer striker (85 caps; Club Universidad de Chile 413 games, 167 goals), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2022)
  • Apr 26 Pat Quinn, Scottish soccer forward (4 caps; Motherwell, Hibernian) and manager (East Fife, FH), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • May 3 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • May 6 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • May 9 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • May 9 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • May 15 Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), born in Greenville, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • May 19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • May 23 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • May 25 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • May 30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • May 31 Tony Pajaczkowski, Canadian Football Hall of Fame offensive guard (CFL All-Star 1962–65; Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2022)
  • Jun 2 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • Jun 3 Colin Meads 'Pinetree', New Zealand rugby union player (All Black great), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2017)
  • Jun 5 Kelly Seymour, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70), born in Kokstad, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Jun 9 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • Jun 18 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • Jun 22 Dick Huddart, English rugby league second rower (16 Tests Great Britain; St. Helens, St. George), born in Flimby, Cumberland, England (d. 2021)
  • Jun 29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio

Harmon Killebrew

Jun 29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)

  • Jul 3 Eric Russell, English cricket batsman (10 Tests, 2 x 50, HS 70; Middlesex CCC, Berkshire CCC), born in Dumbarton, Scotland
  • Jul 3 Leo Wilden, German soccer defender (15 caps West Germany; 1. FC Köln, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Düren, Germany (d. 2022)
  • Jul 16 Venkataraman Subramanya, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Jul 17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jul 20 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 20 John Sillett, English soccer defender (Chelsea, Coventry City, Plymouth Argyle) and manager (Coventry City FA Cup 1987), born in Southampton, England (d. 2021)
  • Jul 22 Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, England cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 9 wickets), Hadfield, England

Don Drysdale

Jul 23 Don Drysdale, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1959, 63, 65; 9 x MLB All Star; Cy Young Award 1962; Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)

  • Jul 23 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), born in Padua, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Jul 25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  • Jul 28 Russ Jackson, Canadian football player, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, West Indian cricket all-rounder, captain (93 Tests, 57.78 batting average), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Aug 8 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • Aug 8 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • Aug 9 Julián Javier, American baseball player, born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 11 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Wilt Chamberlain

Aug 21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College / Basketball HOF center (4 x NBA MVP; 13 x All Star; NBA C'ship 1967, 72 [MVP]; Philadelphia/SF Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

  • Aug 28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire, born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Sep 5 Bill Mazeroski, American MLB 2nd baseman (won 1960 World Series for Pitts), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Sep 9 Mikhail Tal, Soviet Latvian World Chess Champion (1960-61), born in Riga, Latvia, USSR (d. 1992)
  • Sep 9 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer (World Light Welterweight Champion 1959-60; World Lightweight Champion 1962-65, 65-68), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2022)
  • Sep 10 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • Sep 14 Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959, 1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), born in Enfield, New Hampshire (d. 2021)

Ashley Cooper

Sep 15 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2020)

  • Sep 19 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2007)
  • Sep 22 Maurice Evans, English soccer wing half (Reading 407 games) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Reading, Oxford United), born in Didcot, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 1 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), born in Dudley, Worcestershire (d. 1958)
  • Oct 2 Ian McLachlan, Australian cricket batsman (Cambridge Uni & SA; 72 FC matches) and politician (45th Australian Defence Minister), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Oct 2 Dick Barnett, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1968; NBA C'ship 1970, 73 NY Knicks), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 4 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe (d. 2018)
  • Oct 8 Peter Swan, English soccer defender (19 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Bury), born in South Elmsall, England (d. 2021)
  • Oct 10 Artie Dick, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand
  • Oct 12 Tony Kubek, American baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star (1958, 59², 61, 61²; World Series 1958, 61, 62; NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 19 Dimitrios Stefanakos, Greek soccer defender (7 caps; Olympiacos FC), born in Kalamata, Greece (d. 2021)
  • Oct 23 Barry Sinclair, New Zealand cricket batsman and captain (21 Tests, 3 x 100s; Wellington CA), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • Oct 25 Alan Smith, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire
  • Oct 30 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • Nov 1 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, England (d. 1958)
  • Nov 2 Lawrence Robert Shreve, Canadian pro wrestler (Abdullah the Butcher), born in Windsor, Ontario

Roy Emerson

Nov 3 Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Blackbutt, Queensland

  • Nov 5 Uwe Seeler, German soccer striker (72 caps West Germany; Hamburger SV 476 games, 404 goals), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • Nov 7 Al Attles, American NBA point guard and coach (SF/GS Warriors), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 12 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • Nov 12 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee, born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Nov 16 Isaac Berger, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 60kg 1956, silver 1960, 64; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), born in Jerusalem, Palestine (d. 2022)
  • Nov 26 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Dec 7 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 8 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Dec 10 Lu Liang-Huan, Taiwanese golfer (British Open 1971 runner-up), born in Taipei, Taiwan (d. 2022)
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • Dec 14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 16 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), born in Honiton, England (d. 2020)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • Dec 27 Phil Sharpe, English cricket batsman (12 Tests, 1 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 111; Yorkshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC), born in Shipley, England (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • Dec 27 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), born in Peñacastillo, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Dec 28 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2021)

Ray Nitschke

Dec 29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

  • Dec 31 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), born in English, Indiana (d. 2020)

About 1936

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 10), Pig (Feb 4 - Dec 31)