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Birthdays in Sport 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)

Person of interestDarlene 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

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 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 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; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 8 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 8 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • Feb 13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • Feb 13 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 17 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2020)

Person of interestJim Brown

Feb 17 Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

  • 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)

Person of interestHenri 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)

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Mar 4 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Mar 5 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma
  • 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, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1958-59 series)
  • 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, England, bobsled (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 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 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

Person of interestJohn Madden

Apr 10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 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)

Person of interestBob Cleary

Apr 21 Bob Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • Apr 23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 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 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
  • Jun 2 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • Jun 3 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • Jun 5 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • 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 29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

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

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • Jul 3 Eric Russell, English cricketer (England opening batsman early 60s), born in Dumbarton, Scotland
  • 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 22 Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, England cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 9 wickets), Hadfield, England
  • Jul 23 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962), born in Van Nuys, 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

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

Aug 21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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 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)

Person of interestAshley Cooper

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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 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, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 23 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)
  • 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

Person of interestRoy Emerson

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

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 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
  • 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 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 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 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 cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (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)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

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

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

About 1936

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