On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1943

  • Jan 1 Jerilyn Britz, American golfer (US Women's Open 1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 4 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • Jan 6 Terry Venables, British soccer player & manager, born in Dagenham, England
  • Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre, American baseball manager (Seattle Mariners), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Jan 11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • Jan 15 Mike Marshall, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1974, 75; NL Cy Young Award 1974; Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves), born in Adrian, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • Jan 20 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Paris SG), born in Quimperlé, France (d. 2020)
  • Jan 26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (hit 7-for-7 in single game without making an out 1970, Detroit Tigers), born in Coro, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Summit Series vs Soviet Union 1972; Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kincardine, Ontario
  • Jan 30 Davey Johnson, American baseball second baseman (4 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1966, 70 Baltimore Orioles) and manager (World Series 1986 NY Mets), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Feb 5 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970, 71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), born in Sollefteå, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • Feb 8 Bob Oliver, American MLB player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Feb 9 James King, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10k 1964; World C'ships gold allround 1963), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • Feb 14 Bob Murphy Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970 runner-up; 11 Senior PGA Tour titles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 22 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 23 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Feb 23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • Feb 25 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 27 Klaus Köste, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Mar 1 Benjamin W Jipcho, Mt Elgon Kenya, 3K steeplechase (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 1 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 1 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Mar 1 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast (6 x Olympic gold 1968, 72; 7 x World C'ships gold 1966, 70), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 1 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish soccer goalkeeper and manager (49 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Zarautz, Spain
  • Mar 2 Juan Carlos Masnik, Uruguayan soccer defender (26 caps; NY Skyliners, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Nacional, NY Cosmos), born in Soriano, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • Mar 5 Billy Backus, American boxer

Bobby Fischer

Mar 9 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

  • Mar 10 Sandra Palmer, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1972, US Open 1975), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 21 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • Mar 23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Jesús Alou, Dominican baseball outfielder (World Series 1973, 74 Oakland A's), born in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 24 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic silver 1960, 64)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Lednev, Russian pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Mar 27 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), born in Rockville, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 John Hughes, Scottish soccer striker (8 caps; Celtic 255 games), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (2022)
  • Apr 5 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust), born in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Apr 19 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Apr 21 Hannes Viljoen, South African rugby union winger (3 caps; Natal), born in Elliot, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (39 Tests; 100 ODIs), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (6 x NHL All Star; Vezina Trophy 1970, 72, 74; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria
  • May 5 Andy Roxburgh, Scottish football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 9 Maurice Foster, Jamaican cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • May 10 Bruce Raymond, British jockey, born in Hatfield
  • May 10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • May 11 Nancy Greene Raine OC OBC OD, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold giant slalom 1968; World C'ship gold giant slalom, combined 1968) and senator (BC), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)

Tommy John

May 22 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana

  • May 26 Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer (Olympic silver 4×100m medley relay, bronze 4×100m freestyle relay 1964) and politician (VVD), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • May 28 Liz Edgar, horse show jumper

Gale Sayers

May 30 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

  • May 30 Leon Burtnett, American college football coach (Purdue University 1982-86; Big Ten Coach of the Year 1984), born in Fresno, California (d. 2021)
  • May 30 Francesco Rizzo, Italian soccer midfielder (2 caps; Cagliari, ACF Fiorentina, Bologna FC, Genoa CFC), born in Rovito, Italy (d. 2022)

Joe Namath

May 31 Joe Namath, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1969; Super Bowl MVP 1969; Pro Bowl 1972; NY Jets), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Billy Cunningham

Jun 3 Billy Cunningham, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach (NBA champion player & coach Philadelphia 76ers), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Jun 4 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (US Open 1974, du Maurier Classic 1982, LPGA C'ship 1965, 74), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 6 Asif Iqbal, Pakistani cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Jun 6 Ken Hatfield, American football coach (Air Force, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, Rice University), born in Helena, Arkansas
  • Jun 8 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • Jun 11 Buster Mathis, American boxer (World Super Heavyweight title 1972), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 13 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
  • Jun 14 John Miles, British racing driver, born in London (d. 2018)
  • Jun 20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • Jun 24 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Jun 27 Rico Petrocelli, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Harm Ottenbros, Dutch bicycle racer (World C'ships gold men's road race 1969), born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • Jun 29 Pedro Pablo León, Peruvian soccer forward (49 caps; Alianza Lima), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2020)
  • Jul 2 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • Jul 4 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jul 5 Curt Blefary [Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York

Arthur Ashe

Jul 10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1970, Wimbledon & WCT Finals 1975; Davis Cup 1963, 68, 69, 70), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

  • Jul 12 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (30 Tests, 111 wickets; 2 x 100s), born in Timaru, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Jul 12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Jimmy Johnson

Jul 16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1987; Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

  • Jul 18 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Jerry McGee, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1977, 4 PGA Tour titles), born in New Lexingon, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Jul 24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)

Bill Bradley

Jul 28 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA C'ship 1970, 73; NBA All-Star 1973; NY Knicks), and politician (Democratic US Senator 1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

  • Jul 28 Larry Elkins, football player (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • Aug 2 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 4 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • Aug 4 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • Aug 7 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), born in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (d. 2013)

Ken Norton

Aug 9 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)

  • Aug 10 Shafqat Rana, Pakistan cricket batsman (5 Tests, top score 95), born in Simla, British Punjab
  • Aug 13 Gary Ilman, American 100m freestyle (Olympic-4th-1964), born in Glendale, California
  • Aug 13 Walter Villa, Italian motorcycle road racer (250cc world champion 1974, 75, 76; 350cc 1976; Harley-Davidson), born in Castelnuovo Rangone (d. 2002)
  • Aug 14 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • Aug 17 Yukio Kasaya, Japanese ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Yoichi, Japan
  • Aug 18 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • Aug 26 Ulf Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 5.5m class 1968; World C'ship gold Dragon class 1971, 5.5m class 1986), born in Nacka, Sweden
  • Aug 28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder (1969 AL rookie of the year TEST) and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 30 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (3 Olympic gold 1968), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 2 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • Sep 3 Dave Eichelberger, American golfer (US Senior Open 1999), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 4 Giuseppe Gentile, Italian triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Latina, Italy
  • Sep 12 Ralph Neely, American football offensive tackle (Super Bowl 1971, 77 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1967, 69; All Pro 1966-69), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2022)
  • Sep 19 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kitzbühel, Austria (d. 2001)

Joe Morgan

Sep 19 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 2020)

  • Sep 20 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)

Marty Schottenheimer

Sep 23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs; NFL Coach of Year 2004, San Diego Chargers), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)

  • Sep 26 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket batsman and captain (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42, 14 x 100s, TS 196; South Australia) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Sep 26 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 28 Gertrud "Traudl" Hecher, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • Sep 28 Bobby Hope, Scottish soccer midfielder (7 caps; West Bromwich Albion 336 games, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday), born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Oct 1 Naushad Ali, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper, administrator, match referee (6 Tests), born in Gwalior, India
  • Oct 2 Paul Van Himst, Belgian soccer forward and manager (81 caps; Anderlecht), born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
  • Oct 4 Owen Davidson, Australian tennis player (mixed doubles Grand Slam 1967; Lesley Turner Bowrey, Billie Jean King), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 4 Jimy Williams, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros), born in Santa Maria, California
  • Oct 5 Bonnie Bryant, American golfer (only left-hander to win an LPGA Tour event, Bill Branch Classic 1974), born in Tulare, California
  • Oct 7 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and 7 other teams) and coach (NY Yankees, and 4 other teams), born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (big-hitting WI all-rounder of 70's), born in Castle, St Peter, Barbados (d. 1996)
  • Oct 14 Lance Rentzel, American NFL receiver (Minn, LA) and ex-husband of Joey Heatherton, born in Flushing, New York
  • Oct 19 Michael Findlay, cricket wicket-keeper (WI early 70's)
  • Oct 19 Takis Ikonomopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Oct 28 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Oct 29 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), born in Gateshead, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 29 Dušan Ivković, Serbian basketball point guard (Radnički Belgrade) and coach (Yugoslavia 1987-95; Serbia 2008-13; FIBA HOF), born in Belgrade. Serbia (d. 2021)
  • Oct 31 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • Nov 1 Tom Mack, American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman (11 x Pro Bowl; LA Rams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 4 Clark Graebner, American tennis player (US Davis Cup 1968; French Open doubles 1966; US Open runner-up 1967), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 7 Wayne Giardino, Canadian football linebacker (Grey Cup 1968, 69, 73;Ottawa Rough Riders), born in Peterborough, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Nov 8 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), born in Plaistow, Essex, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 9 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • Nov 10 George Sauer, Jr., American football wide receiver (AFL All Star 1996-99; Super Bowl 1969; New York Jets), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • Nov 11 Jan Adamski, Polish International Chess Master (1976)
  • Nov 12 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Nov 13 Jay Sigel, American golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1982-83), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 13 Roberto Boninsegna, Italian footballer, born in Mantua, Italy
  • Nov 21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • Nov 21 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), born in Droop, Dorset (d. 2020)

Billie Jean King

Nov 22 Billie Jean King, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles, 39 Grand Slam titles), born in Long Beach, California

  • Nov 22 Mushtaq Mohammad, Pakistani cricket all-rounder (57 Tests @ 39.17; 10 x 100, 19 x 50, 79 wickets; brother of Hanif), born in Junagadh, India
  • Nov 22 Yvan Cournoyer, Canadian NHL ice hockey winger, 1963-79 (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Drummondville, Quebec
  • Nov 23 Petar Skansi, Croatian basketball center (Olympic silver Yugoslavia 1968; Jugoplastika) and coach (Yugoslavia, Croatia, Jugoplastika, Benetton Treviso), born in Sumartin, Croatia (d. 2022)
  • Nov 24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 24 Barry Milburn, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 8 dismissals; Otago CA), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Nov 24 Joël Robert, Belgian motocross racer (Motocross World C'ships 250cc 1964, 68–72), born in Grandrieu, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • Nov 26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian-American NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Fetsund, Norway
  • Dec 1 Orton Enderlein, German [GDR] luger (Olympic gold women's singles 1964; World C'ships gold 1965, 67)), born in Trünzig, Sachsen, Germany
  • Dec 4 Gary Sabourin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NHL All Star 1970-71; St. Louis Blues), born in Parry Sound, Ontario
  • Dec 10 Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), born in Apatin, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Dec 13 Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and coach (NL Cy Young Award 1971; MLB All-Star 1967, 71-72; Chicago Cubs; 3,000+ career strikeouts), born in Chatham, Ontario
  • Dec 15 Mihály Hesz, Hungarian sprint canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000 1968; World C'ship gold K-1 10000 1966; K-1 4x500 1971), born in Nógrád, Hungary
  • Dec 19 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • Dec 25 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets; Auckland CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Wilson Fittipaldi Jr, Brazilian auto racer, team owner (Fittipaldi F1 team), born in São Paulo, Brazil

About 1943

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