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Birthdays in Sport in 1940

  • Jan 1 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Jan 3 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Jan 17 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya
  • Jan 17 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Spanish racing driver, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (d. 1971)

Person of interestMary Mills

Jan 19 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Feb 1 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), born in Angers, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

  • Feb 10 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • Feb 22 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 24 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), born in Vişani, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Feb 24 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), born in Ilford, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)

Person of interestMario Andretti

Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Feb 29 Billy Turner Jr., American Thoroughbred flat racing trainer (US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing 1977, Seattle Slew), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • Mar 2 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Mar 6 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), born in Earlsboro, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • Mar 8 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)

  • Mar 12 Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • Mar 23 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • Mar 26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • Mar 28 Michael Plumb, American equestrian (Olympic 2 gold/4 silver-1976,84), born in Islip, New York
  • Mar 28 Kevin Loughery, American NBA star and coach (Balt, Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJerry Lucas

Mar 30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 30 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • Mar 30 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • Apr 2 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), born in Great Milton, England (d. 1981)
  • Apr 2 Don Jackson, CM OOnt, Canadian figure skater (World C'ship gold singles 1962; first triple lutz in international competition; Olympic bronze singles 1960), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Apr 4 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • Apr 8 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Apr 9 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Apr 12 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • Apr 13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1988)
  • Apr 13 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer, born in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Apr 15 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Apr 16 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Apr 18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 20 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • Apr 24 David Larter, Scottish cricketer (two-metre tall England pace bowler), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Apr 25 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), born in Maryport, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 26 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, GB 30 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 29 Brian Taber, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh)
  • May 2 Bryan Davis, West Indian cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • May 3 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager, born in Beek, Netherlands
  • May 4 Dick Curl, American offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (4 time NHL scoring leader), born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic (d. 2018)
  • May 22 E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India's big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1965; pitched 2 x no-hitters 1965, 1 in 1969; Cincinnati Reds), born in Fresno, California
  • Jun 2 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2019)
  • Jun 3 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • Jun 5 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Jun 6 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, American sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 17 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • Jun 19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Jun 23 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • Jun 23 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1984), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Jun 23 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Jul 1 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer wing half, coach and administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 3 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Monterey Park, California
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Jair da Costa, Brazilian soccer winger (1 cap; Internazionale), born in Santo André, Brazil
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, Australian cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74), born in Collingwood, Australia
  • Jul 18 Joe Torre, American baseball outfield and manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 22 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 25 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • Jul 26 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), born in Utica, New York (d. 2018)

  • Aug 1 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • Aug 3 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 8 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • Aug 12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 13 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Aug 14 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 18 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Aug 28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), born in Hauteville-Lompnes, France (d. 2017)
  • Aug 29 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • Aug 29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • Aug 31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Sep 12 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 14 Larry Brown, American NBA player and coach (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 15 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • Sep 26 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Sep 27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 29 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • Sep 29 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • Sep 30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Oct 3 Jean Ratelle, Canadian NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
  • Oct 3 Mike Troy, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 4 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oct 4 Vic Hadfield, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,004 NHL games; NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Oct 5 Bob Cowper, Australian cricketer (307 v England at the MCG 1966), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Person of interestJoe Pepitone

Oct 9 Joe Pepitone, American baseball 1st baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Oct 12 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Oct 14 J. C. Snead, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1973 runner-up), born in Hot Springs, Virginia

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

Oct 16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • Oct 17 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 21 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • Oct 21 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)

Person of interestPele

Oct 23 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 25 Bobby Knight, American college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • Oct 30 Miguel Calderón Gómez, Cuban basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 2 Jim Bakken, American NFL punter and place kicker (Pro Bowl 1965, 67, 75-76; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nov 2 Ed Budde, American AFL and NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1970-71; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Nov 11 Barbara Boxer, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993-2017), born in New York City
  • Nov 13 Jack Birkenshaw, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1973-74), born in Rothwell, England
  • Nov 13 Joan Haanappel, Dutch figure skater and sports reporter, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Nov 16 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2000)
  • Nov 21 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • Nov 23 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • Nov 24 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner (NFL)

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

Nov 25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Dec 14 Lex Gold, Scottish footballer, born in Lanark, Scotland
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Dec 26 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • Dec 30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas

About 1940

How Old? 79 or 80 years old
Generation: Silent Generation

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit (Jan 1 - Feb 7), Dragon (Feb 8 - Dec 31)