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Birthdays in Sport in 1937

  • Jan 4 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 2012)
  • Jan 6 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets), born in Follansbee, West Virginia
  • Jan 14 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), born in Kidsgrove, England (d. 2016)
  • Jan 14 Erland Kops, Danish badminton player, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)
  • Jan 16 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Jan 18 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • Jan 25 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • Jan 28 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), born in Caldwell, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Jan 30 Boris Spassky, Russian chess player (world champion 1969-72, born in Leningrad, Russia
  • Feb 1 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), born in Southport, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)

  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 11 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Feb 12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Feb 14 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, American auto racer
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 27 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah
  • Mar 2 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 11 John Ward, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests; 17 dismissals), born in Timaru, New Zealand (d. 2021)

  • Mar 11 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 14 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • Mar 23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 24 Bill Tillman, American MLB baseball catcher, 1962-70 (Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, American 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Mar 27 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), born in Udine, Italy (d. 2019)
  • Apr 2 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 2 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 6 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • Apr 10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • Apr 10 Stan Mellor MBE, English National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • Apr 18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • Apr 22 Ken Palmer, English cricket umpire (22 Tests, 23 ODIs 1977-2001) and fast bowler (1 Test), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Apr 23 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's), born in Donnybrook, Australia
  • Apr 23 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), born in Jackson, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Apr 26 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • Apr 27 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), born in Wigan, England (d. 2021)
  • May 1 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Maryland Eastern Shore; 6 x Pro-Bowl; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • May 3 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), born in Herne, Germany (d. 2020)
  • May 6 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • May 7 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • May 8 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2010)
  • May 10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1960, 64; discus 1960, 64), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d.2021)
  • May 11 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • May 12 Beryl Burton, British cyclist won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • May 14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • May 15 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • May 18 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • May 22 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 2020)
  • May 29 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual jumping 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover, Germany
  • May 29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • Jun 7 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Jun 9 Sven Conrad Stayers, Guyana cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2005)
  • Jun 15 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • Jun 15 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 21 John Edrich, English cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965), born in Blofield, Norfolk, England
  • Jun 28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), born in Endicott, New York (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Georgios Zaimis, Greek sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1960), born in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece (d. 2020)
  • Jul 2 Dick Berardino, baseball player

Person of interestRichard Petty

Jul 2 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

  • Jul 4 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Jul 9 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • Jul 9 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York
  • Jul 13 Charles Coody, American golfer (US Masters 1971), born in Stamford, Texas
  • Jul 13 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Jul 14 Duncan MacKay, Scottish soccer defender (14 caps; Celtic 162 games), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Jul 22 John Price, England cricket fast-medium bowler (1964-72)
  • Jul 22 V B Ranjane, Indian cricket fast bowler (early 1960's)
  • Jul 23 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 56)
  • Aug 2 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Aug 2 Jim McLean, Scottish soccer forward (Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee) and manager (Dundee United 1971-93), born in Larkhall, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 3 Duncan Sharpe, Pakistani cricketer (3 Tests for Pakistan 1959-60), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India
  • Aug 3 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2019)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

Aug 5 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 7 Don Wilson, English cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71), born in Settle, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • Aug 10 Lucinda Williams, American sprinter (Olympic gold - 4×100 m relay, 1960), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Aug 14 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • Aug 20 George Thoma, German cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Newstadt, Germany
  • Aug 26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtics)
  • Aug 30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • Sep 1 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966; first sub-60 PGA Tour round 1977; Players Tour C'ship 1975), born in Red Bluff, California

Person of interestPeter Ueberroth

Sep 2 Peter Ueberroth, American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Sep 4 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1956, 60, 64), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Sep 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • Sep 9 Mikhail N Tai, Latvia, World chess champion (1960-61)
  • Sep 10 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire (d. 1995)
  • Sep 12 Wes Hall, Barbadian former cricketer and politician, born in Glebe Land, Station Hill, Barbados
  • Sep 12 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 15 Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C'ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 2020)

  • Sep 16 Aleksandr Medved, Soviet wrestler (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72), born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
  • Sep 16 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • Sep 17 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 18 Ralph Backstrom, Canadian ice hockey centre (6 x Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens; 6 x NHL All-Star), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Sep 19 Abner Haynes, American AFL running back (AFL MVP 1960; Kansas City Chiefs), born in Denton, Texas
  • Oct 1 Saeed Ahmed, Pakistan cricket batsman (41 Tests; 2,991 runs @ 40.41), born in Jalandhar, Punjab
  • Oct 3 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • Oct 5 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 5 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • Oct 10 Bruce Devlin, Australian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Armidale, NSW
  • Oct 11 Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, English soccer midfielder (106 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United) and manager (Preston NE), born in Ashington, England
  • Oct 19 Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
  • Oct 20 Juan Marichal, Dominican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 × MLB All-Star; NL wins leader 1968; MLB ERA leader 1969; no-hitter 1963; SF Giants), born in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 26 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)

Person of interestLenny Wilkens

Oct 28 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Nov 3 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), born in Massillon, Ohio (2018)
  • Nov 8 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, born in Štip, Yugoslavia (d. 2019)
  • Nov 11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 27 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Nov 30 Tom Simpson, English road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1965), born in Haswell, County Durham (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 3 Bobby Allison, American auto racer (Winston Cup champion 1983; Daytona 500 1978, 82, 88), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 3 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Dec 6 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores, 54 goals 1960-72), born in Ancón, Santa Elena, Ecuador (d. 2006)
  • Dec 10 Don Bies, American golfer (The Tradition 1989), born in Cottonwood, Idaho
  • Dec 24 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • Dec 30 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2019)

About 1937

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