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Birthdays in Sport in 1941

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Bob Cunis, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's), born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • Jan 5 Mansur Ali Khan, Indian cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt), born in Bhopal, India (d. 2011)

Person of interestChuck McKinley

Jan 5 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jan 11 Gérson, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 13 Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jan 14 Gibby Gilbert, American golfer (Masters 1980 runner-up), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Christine Janes, tennis player
  • Jan 19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • Jan 25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jan 30 Tineke Lagerberg, Dutch swimmer, born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), born in Portage, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 1 Anatoliy Firssov, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 1 Franco Nones, Italian 30K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 3 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • Feb 3 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • Feb 10 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)

  • Feb 12 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • Feb 16 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Feb 17 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 20 Clyde Wright, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter v Oakland 1970), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • Feb 23 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • Feb 23 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • Feb 26 Keith Thomson, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968), born in Methven, New Zealand
  • Mar 9 Jim Colbert, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Senior Players Championship 1993), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Mar 20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • Mar 20 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • Mar 21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • Mar 26 Barclay Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager
  • Mar 26 Bob Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager
  • Mar 27 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tulln District, Austria (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jim Turner, American football player, born in Martinez, California
  • Mar 30 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Apr 1 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • Apr 3 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • Apr 12 Bobby Moore, English football defender (108 caps; captain World Cup 1966; West Ham United), born in Barking, Essex (d. 1993)

Person of interestPete Rose

Apr 14 Pete Rose, MLB player and manager (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 18 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • Apr 27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player, born in Excel, Alabama
  • Apr 28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
  • May 2 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • May 3 Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgian world women's chess champ (1962-78), born in Zugdidi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

  • May 5 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • May 7 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 9 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • May 9 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Olympic silver 1960)
  • May 10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 11 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • May 11 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • May 15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • May 22 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • May 31 Gil Morgan, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1998, The Tradition 1997, 98), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • Jun 1 Dean Chance, Baseball pitcher, born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Lou Nanne, Canadian-born American hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario
  • Jun 5 Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

Person of interestRobert Kraft

Jun 5 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft
  • Jun 12 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Marcel Lachemann, American MLB manager and pitching coach (Oakland Athletics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 24 Graham McKenzie, cricketer (prolific Australian pace bowler 1961-71)
  • Jun 28 Al Downing, American MLB baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Jun 29 Margitta Gummel, German shot putter (Olympic gold 1968), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jun 29 John Boccabella, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 30 John Jameson, English cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai), born in Bombay, British India
  • Jun 30 Peter Pollock, South African cricketer (bro of Graeme/father of Shaun, S Af quickie), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
  • Jul 1 Rod Gilbert, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right-wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Canada
  • Jul 8 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • Jul 9 Takehide Nakatani, Japanese lightweight judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Jul 11 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • Jul 13 Graeme Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (1964 England tour)
  • Jul 17 Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)
  • Jul 17 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • Jul 18 Marcia Jones-Smoke, American 500m kayaker (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Oklahoma
  • Jul 22 Susie Berning, American golfer (US Women's Open 1968, 72-73, Western Open 1965), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 22 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • Jul 23 Richie Evans, American 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion, born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)

Person of interestNate Thurmond

Jul 25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Jul 31 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Aug 4 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 6 Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Anita Lonsbrough, England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 13 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • Aug 14 Peter Truscott, New Zealand cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26), born in Pahiatua, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • Aug 17 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • Aug 18 Matt Snell, American football running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III), born in Garfield, Georgia
  • Aug 20 Rich Brooks, American football player and coach (University of Oregon 1977-94), born in Forest, California
  • Aug 20 Jo Ramírez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Person of interestBill Parcells

Aug 22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Aug 23 Gloria Ehret, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1966), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Ramesh Sethi, Kenyan cricketer, born in Kenya
  • Sep 15 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer
  • Sep 16 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey (d. 2017)
  • Sep 17 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • Sep 19 Jim Fox, British pentathlete (Olympics gold 1972), born in Pewsey, Wiltshire, England
  • Sep 23 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 24 John Mackey, NFL tight end (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 27 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer star, born in Warsage, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • Sep 27 Peter Bonetti, English footballer
  • Sep 28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • Sep 29 David Steele, British cricketer (England batsman, courageous v Lillee 1975), born in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Sep 29 Kermit Zarley, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 4 Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • Oct 5 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • Oct 13 John Snow, English cricketer (fiery England quickie Unpopular with Aussies), born in Peopleton, Worcestershire, England
  • Oct 14 Art Shamsky, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 16 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • Oct 23 Colin Milburn, cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Keetch, soccer player/entrepreneur
  • Oct 26 Harald Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960), born in Frederikshavn, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • Oct 29 Brian Yuile, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests)
  • Oct 30 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)

  • Oct 31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • Oct 31 Derek Bell, British racing driver, born in Pinner, Middlesex, England
  • Nov 1 Joe Louis Caldwell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Texas City, Texas

Person of interestDave Stockton

Nov 2 Dave Stockton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970, 76), born in San Bernardino, California

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Nov 13 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher, coach (5-time MLB All Star), born in Hazleton, Missouri (d. 2019)
  • Nov 19 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgaria, shot putter (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Nov 22 Jacques LaPerriere, NHL defensive Hall of Famer
  • Nov 23 Alan Mullery, English soccer player
  • Nov 26 Jeff Torborg, baseball player
  • Nov 27 Aimé Jacquet, French football manager
  • Dec 2 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion), born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • Dec 4 Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dec 8 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • Dec 8 Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • Dec 10 Jeff Jones, Welsh cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in 60's), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • Dec 14 Barry Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (brother of Sir Richard & Dayle; NZ World Cup 1975), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Dec 15 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
  • Dec 23 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter, born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Dec 28 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • Dec 30 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • Dec 31 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests), born in Madras, India (d. 2017)
  • Dec 31 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom

About 1941

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

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 1 - Jan 26), Snake (Jan 27 - Dec 31)