Birthdays in Sport in 1940

About 1940

How Old? 77 or 78 years old
Generation: Traditionalist or Silent Generation

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 17 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (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/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

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

  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • 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 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, English long jumper (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wells, United Kingdom
  • 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, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 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 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (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
  • Mar 1 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • 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 18 Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Mickey Preger, horse trainer
  • 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 31 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • Apr 4 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • Apr 8 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)

  • Apr 9 Jimmy [James] Roberts, NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Apr 13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)
  • Apr 13 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 15 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Apr 15 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
  • 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 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 14 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • 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 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, baseball pitcher
  • 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, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 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 (1994 US Senior Open), 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 player/manager/administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 3 Cesar Tovar, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Jul 4 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Jul 7 James Toner, horse trainer
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, Australian cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74), born in Collingwood, Australia
  • Jul 11 Rafael Martinez, horse trainer
  • 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, Darts Commentator for the PDC
  • 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, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • 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, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Aug 22 David R. Vance, American horse trainer, born in Logansport, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Don Cormier Sr, horse trainer
  • 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 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 footballer
  • 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 14 J. C. Snead, American PGA golfer (1972 Philadelphia Classic), 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 footballer and manager
  • 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, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984)
  • Oct 30 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 11 Barbara Boxer, (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993- )
  • 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, cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976)
  • Nov 21 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • Nov 23 Luis Tiant, Cuban MLB pitcher (3-time 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 Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, cricketer (England batsman & captain mid-70s), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, NHL linesman, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • 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