Birthdays in Sport in 1943

About 1943

How Old? 74 or 75 years old
Generation: Traditionalist or Silent Generation

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Jan 1 - Feb 3), Goat/Sheep (Feb 4 - Dec 31)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jerilyn Britz, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open), 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
  • Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • Jan 15 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • Feb 5 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 8 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • Feb 9 James King, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 14 Robert "Bob" Murphy Jr, American PGA golfer (1968 Philadelphia Classic), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)

  • Feb 22 Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • Feb 23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • Feb 25 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 27 Klaus Köste, 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 Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 1 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 2 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • Mar 7 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)

Person of interestBobby Fischer

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

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 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, former Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Mar 24 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic silver 1960, 64)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Lednev, USSR, pentathelete (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Mar 30 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist

  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • Apr 8 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (NZ Test umpire on international panel), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Ontario
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix), born in Graz, Austria
  • May 5 Andy Roxburgh, Scottish football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 9 Maurice Foster, cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's)
  • May 10 Bruce Raymond, British jockey, born in Hatfield
  • May 10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • May 11 Nancy Greene, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1968)
  • May 17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)
  • May 22 Tommy John, pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)
  • May 26 Erica G Terpstra, Dutch swimmer and politician (VVD)
  • May 28 Liz Edgar, horse show jumper

Person of interestGale Sayers

May 30 Gale Sayers, College, Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Chicago Bears, 4 x Pro Bowl), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • May 31 Joe Namath, PA, NFL quarterback (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)

Person of interestBilly Cunningham

Jun 3 Billy Cunningham, NBA/ABA (Philadelphia 76ers, Carolina Cougers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • Jun 4 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (4 LPGA major titles), 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 player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas
  • Jun 8 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • Jun 11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 13 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 14 John Miles, British racing driver
  • Jun 20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • Jun 27 Rico Petrocelli, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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 [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestArthur Ashe

Jul 10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Jul 12 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73), born in Timaru, New Zealand
  • Jul 12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Person of interestJimmy Johnson

Jul 16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jul 18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • Jul 24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestBill Bradley

Jul 28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Jul 28 Lawrence Elkins, football player FL (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • Jul 29 David Taylor, English snooker player
  • Jul 31 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 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), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 9 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Aug 10 Shafqat Rana, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests 1964-69)
  • Aug 13 Gary Ilman, American 100m freestyle (Olympic-4th-1964)
  • Aug 14 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • Aug 17 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 18 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • Aug 26 Ulf Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 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 (Olympic-3 golds-1968), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 1 Pat Connolly-Daniels-Winslow-Banks, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1968)
  • Sep 2 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • Sep 3 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 4 Giuseppi Gentile, Italian triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Sep 19 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kitzbühel, Austria (d. 2001)
  • Sep 19 Joe Morgan, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds) and commentator (ESPN), born in Bonham, Texas
  • Sep 20 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

Sep 23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 26 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (75 Tests), 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)
  • Oct 1 Naushad Ali, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in six Tests 1964-65)

  • Oct 4 Bonnie Bryant, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 7 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player
  • 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 22 Allen James Coage, American HW judo (Olympic bronze 1976), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Clark Graebner, American tennis player
  • Nov 8 Martin Peters, British soccer player
  • Nov 9 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • Nov 10 George Sauer, Jr., AFL player (New York Jets), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • Nov 11 Jan Adamski, Polish International Chess Master (1976)
  • Nov 12 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, 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 19 Sharon Wilder, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver

Person of interestBillie Jean King

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Nov 22 Mushtaq Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spin all-rounder 1959-79)
  • Nov 22 Yvan Cournoyer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 24 Barry Milburn, cricketer (NZ wicket-keeper in three Tests 1969)
  • Nov 26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Dec 1 Orton Enderlein, German FR, luge (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Dec 13 Ferguson Jenkins, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • Dec 15 Mihaly Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Dec 19 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 21 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • Dec 25 Hedley Howarth, cricketer (brother of Geoff, NZ lefty spinner 1969-77)
  • Dec 25 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver