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Birthdays in Sport in 1942

  • Jan 1 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), born in İzmir, Turkey (d. 2020)
  • Jan 7 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Jan 14 Ian Brayshaw, Australian cricketer & footballer, born in South Perth, Australia
  • Jan 14 Dave Campbell, American baseball player, born in Manistee, Michigan

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Jan 17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 23 Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia
  • Jan 25 Carl Eller, American football player, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Jan 30 David J. Brown, English cricketer (Warwicks pace bowler, played 26X for England), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • Feb 1 David Sincock, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Feb 1 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • Feb 5 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 8 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 9 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 10 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 12 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)

  • Feb 14 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1962)
  • Feb 16 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Feb 18 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)

Person of interestPhil Esposito

Feb 20 Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 28 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
  • Mar 2 Claude Larose, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1965, 66, 68, 71, 73; Montreal Canadiens), born in Hearst, Ontario
  • Mar 7 U N Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68), born in Alibagh, India
  • Mar 8 Ann Packer, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964), born in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Mar 8 Dick Allen, American baseball infielder (7 × MLB All-Star; NL Rookie of the Year 1964, Philadelphia Phillies; AL MVP 1972, Chicago WS), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • Mar 9 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba
  • Mar 12 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Astros, LA Dodgers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Mar 16 Roger Crozier, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1996)
  • Mar 18 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • Mar 28 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), born in McLeansboro, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Apr 2 Terry Holland, American college basketball coach (Davidson, Virginia) and athletics administrator (Davidson, Virginia, East Carolina), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Apr 3 Michael Elliott, American skier (Olympics 1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • Apr 3 Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • Apr 5 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 5 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)

  • Apr 7 Nick Drake-Lee, English rugby union prop (8 caps; Leicester Tigers), born in Kettering, England (d. 2021)
  • Apr 10 Ian Callaghan, English footballer, born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • Apr 12 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Apr 15 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2011)
  • Apr 16 Jim Lonborg, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young 1967), born in Santa Maria, California
  • Apr 18 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Apr 18 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player, born in Canaan, Connecticut
  • Apr 26 Jim Lambright, American college football coach (University of Washington 1993-98; 44–25–1 record), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2020)
  • Apr 28 Mike Brearley, English cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • Apr 29 Galina Kulakova, Soviet nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972), born in Logachi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • May 1 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • May 3 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • May 8 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • May 10 Jim Calhoun, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Men's NCAA National C'ship 1999, 2004, 11; UConn; University of Saint Joseph), born in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • May 14 Tony Perez, baseball player
  • May 14 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 2009)
  • May 18 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • May 19 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), born in Islamorada, Florida (d. 2020)
  • May 19 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • May 20 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • May 24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 24 Hannu Mikkola, Finnish rally driver (World Rally champion 1983), born in Joensuu, Finland (d. 2021)
  • May 25 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2013)
  • May 27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • May 31 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
  • Jun 1 Randy Hundley Jr., American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1969; Gold Glove Award 1967; Chicago Cubs), born in Martinsville, Virginia
  • Jun 1 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), born in Ales, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Jun 3 Duane Josephson, baseball player
  • Jun 5 Nelson "Bo" Burton Jr, bowler/sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour)
  • Jun 6 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • Jun 8 Doug Mountjoy, Welsh snooker player (Masters 1977; Pot Black 1978, 85; UK C'ship 1988, World C'ship 1981 runner-up), born in Gelligaer, Wales (d. 2021)
  • Jun 9 Richard Hutton, English cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971), born in Pudsey, England
  • Jun 11 Somachandra De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Jun 11 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), born in Eltham, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • Jun 15 Bruce DalCanton, American baseball player, born in California, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Person of interestWillis Reed

Jun 25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Jun 28 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch figure skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Akkrum, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 1 Doug Carpenter, Canadian NHL coach (NJ Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Canada
  • Jul 4 Hal Lanier, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • Jul 4 Floyd Little, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Syracuse University; 5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1969; Denver Broncos), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2021)
  • Jul 5 Hannes Löhr, German footballer and manager, born in Eitorf, Rhine Province, Germany
  • Jul 9 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 11 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Jul 12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league halfback (26 Tests; St. George), born in Fremantle, Western Australia

Person of interestMargaret Smith Court

Jul 16 Margaret Smith Court, Australian tennis player (1970 Grand Slam, 24 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Albury, New South Wales

Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • Jul 17 Connie Hawkins, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA (Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968)
  • Jul 17 Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • Jul 18 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, born in Treviglio, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Jul 21 Fred Hetzel, American NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 21 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)

  • Jul 26 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jul 27 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles champion; Wimbledon singles 1966 runner-up), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2020)
  • Jul 28 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 29 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), born in Minneota, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • Aug 2 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 4 Cleon Jones, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, World Series 1969; New York Mets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 7 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Aug 9 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 16 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Aug 18 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Bernd Kannenber, German race walker (Olympic gold FRG 50k 1972), born in Kaliningrad, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Aug 20 Hans-Joachim Klein, German 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • Aug 20 Fred Norman, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestNancy Richey

Aug 23 Nancy Richey, American tennis player (Australian Open 1967, French Open 1968), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Aug 25 Margaret L. Thompson Murdock, American army and first woman to win medal for small bore rifle (Olympic silver 1976), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Aug 26 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), born in Tyrma, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Aug 30 Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricket left-arm spinner (19 Tests 1964-73), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Aug 31 Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer (World Matchplay C'ship 1978), born in Abiko, Chiba, Japan,

Person of interestRay Floyd

Sep 4 Raymond Floyd, American golfer (4-time major title winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Sep 7 Alan Oakes, British footballer (Manchester City), born in Winsford, England
  • Sep 16 Tom Wargo, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 1993, British Senior Open 1994), born in Marlette, Michigan
  • Sep 16 Dennis Conner, American sailor, 4 time America's Cup winning skipper (1974, 1980, 1987, 1988) and Olympic bronze medalist (1976), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 Des Lynam, British TV and radio sportscaster, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
  • Sep 17 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968), born in Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Sep 18 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper (Manchester United), born in Mitcham, Surrey, England
  • Sep 22 David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2020)
  • Sep 25 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), born in Ranfurly, New Zealand (d. 2015)
  • Sep 26 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German long jumper and relayer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Sep 28 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Fostoria, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Sep 29 Rajinder Goel, cricketer (slow lefty who didn't play for India)

  • Sep 29 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), born in Sedrina, Italy (d. 2019)
  • Sep 30 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Oct 1 Jean-Pierre Joubille, French auto racer (European F2 champion 1976), born in Paris, France

Person of interestSteve Sabol

Oct 2 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Oct 6 Jerry Grote, American MLB catcher for 16 seasons (mostly with NY Mets, including 1969 World Series title), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Oct 10 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • Oct 13 Jerry Jones, American businessman and owner of the Dallas Cowboys(1989-present), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 13 Bob Bailey, American baseball player, born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 13 Peter Kemper, Dutch soccer defender (3 caps; PSV 221 games), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Oct 18 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • Oct 21 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • Oct 28 Kees Verkerk, Dutch skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympic gold 1968), born in Maasdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 31 Dave McNally, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969-70, 72; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), born in Billings, Montana (d. 2002)
  • Nov 2 Ron Reed, American NBA forward and MLB pitcher (Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia Phillies), born in LaPorte, Indiana

Person of interestÁngel Cordero Jr.

Nov 8 Ángel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85; US Racing Hall of Fame), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • Nov 9 Tom Weiskopf, American golfer (British Open 1973), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • Nov 11 Roy Fredericks, West Indian cricketer (brilliant WI lefty opener 169 v Aust 1975), born in East Bank, Guyana (d. 2000)
  • Nov 14 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2020)
  • Nov 16 Willie Carson, Scottish jockey, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • Nov 19 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • Nov 21 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • Nov 27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic gold 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Nov 28 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • Dec 3 Mike Gibson, Irish rugby union centre (69 caps Ireland, 12 British & Irish Lions, 9 Barbarians), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 3 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), born in Salto, Uruguay (d. 2013)
  • Dec 7 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • Dec 8 Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974)
  • Dec 9 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 9 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Dec 11 Karen Susman, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1962), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 20 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • Dec 23 Jerry Koosman, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Appleton, Minnesota
  • Dec 25 Françoise Dürr, French tennis player (French C'ships 1967), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • Dec 26 Barry Wood, cricketer (England opener in early 70's)
  • Dec 27 Byron Browne, baseball player
  • Dec 30 Guy Edwards, English racing driver

About 1942

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 1 - Feb 14), Horse (Feb 15 - Dec 31)