Birthdays in Sport in 1946

  • Jan 1 Manfred Stengl, Austrian 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jan 1 Rivelino, Brazilian football player
  • Jan 2 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • Jan 6 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)
  • Jan 8 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • Jan 11 Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jan 22 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Jan 23 Asif Masood, cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up)
  • Jan 31 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
  • Feb 2 Gerrie Muhren, Volendam, Netherlands, footballer (Ajax, European Cup Winner, 1971-3), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Feb 9 Vince Papale, American football player
  • Feb 11 Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 17 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Feb 21 Desmond Lewis, WI cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • Feb 21 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • Feb 26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Feb 28 Graham Vivian, cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72)
  • Mar 3 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • Mar 5 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 8 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (14 Tests 1969-83)
  • Mar 10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bond, baseball player (Giants, Yankees, etc)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bonds, American MLB outfielder and coach (father of Barry Bonds), born in Riverside, California (died 2003)
  • Mar 18 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • Mar 18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • Mar 19 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • Mar 22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • Mar 25 Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Aftab Gul, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in six Tests 1969-71)
  • Mar 31 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
  • Apr 1 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian football coach
  • Apr 2 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 7 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • Apr 8 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • Apr 9 Alan Knott, great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81)
  • Apr 17 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • Apr 20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • Apr 21 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • Apr 27 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • Apr 30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 3 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 3 Norm Chow, American football coach, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 4 Renee Powell, American LPGA golfer, born in East Canton, Ohio
  • May 4 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 12 Leonard Baichan, cricketer (WI opener, 103 v Pakistan on debut 1975)
  • May 17 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestReggie Jackson

May 18 Reggie Jackson, American baseball right fielder (NY Yankees, Athletics) nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason, born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • May 19 Mary Bryan, LPGA golfer
  • May 20 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Olympic silver 1972) disqualified
  • May 20 Craig Patrick, NHL coach
  • May 20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • May 21 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • May 22 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • May 22 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • May 23 Tom Dorris, horse trainer
  • May 24 Irina Kirszenstein Szewinska, Lenningrad, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • May 25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Polish 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • May 26 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • May 28 Skip Jutze, American baseball player
  • May 31 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • Jun 2 Roger Freed, baseball player
  • Jun 7 Terry Gale, Australian professioanal golfer, born in Yelbeni, Australia
  • Jun 8 Richie Robinson, Australian cricketer (Victorian keeper, Australian batsman 1977), born in East Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 11 Jenny Pittman, British racehorse trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
  • Jun 15 Ken Henderson, baseball player
  • Jun 15 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • Jun 18 Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
  • Jun 20 Birgitte Eva Henriksen, Duchess of Gloucester, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Jul 6 Fred Dryer, Hawthone California, NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams)/actor (Hunter)
  • Jul 7 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 12 Graham Roope, cricketer (England batsman in 21 Tests 1972-78)
  • Jul 16 Ron Yary, American football player
  • Jul 16 John Hollins, British retired footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey

Person of interestIlie Năstase

Jul 19 Ilie Năstase, Romanian tennis player (US Open 1972), born in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 21 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver (d. 1994)
  • Aug 6 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 9 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • Aug 17 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • Aug 21 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • Aug 25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, MVP/Cy Young-1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Aug 25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Aug 27 Tony Howard, cricketer (WI off-spinner one Test v NZ 1972)
  • Aug 29 Bob Beamon, high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 7 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Sep 8 L.C. Greenwood, American football player, (d. 2013)
  • Sep 10 James R Hines, American athlete, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • Sep 15 Fighting Mack, [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer
  • Sep 17 Billy Bonds, English soccer defender and manager (Charlton, West Ham United), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • Sep 18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player
  • Sep 19 Brian Henton, English racing driver
  • Sep 24 "Mean" Joe Greene, NFL tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), Coke spokesman
  • Sep 24 Pat Pocock, cricketer (intermittent England off-spinner 1968-85)
  • Sep 25 Bishan Bedi, cricketer (mighty Indian slow left-armer 1966-79)
  • Sep 25 Gilmer Bryan Morgan, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1977 BC Open)
  • Sep 28 Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
  • Sep 30 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • Oct 1 Alfred Jones, Grace Miss, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Oct 1 Eva Klobukowska, Polish relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Oct 4 Andre Bolhuis, hockey player (World Cup 1973, European Cup 1978
  • Oct 5 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • Oct 6 Gary Gentry, baseball player (NY Mets)

Person of interestTony Greig

Oct 6 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, born in Queenstown, South Africa (d. 2012)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Oct 8 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher/broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Oct 8 Aleksandr Gorshlov, ice dancer (holds 6 titles)
  • Oct 10 Peter Mahvolich, NHL star (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 11 Sawao Kato, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76)
  • Oct 12 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • Oct 14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach
  • Oct 14 Al Oliver, American baseball player
  • Oct 17 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • Oct 19 Bob Holland, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner at age 38)
  • Oct 20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • Oct 21 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • Oct 23 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Oct 28 Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • Oct 29 Anura Tennekoon, cricketer (Sri Lankan World Cup captain 1975-79)
  • Oct 30 Ian McGeechan, Scottish rugby player
  • Oct 31 Ramnath Parkar, Indian cricket batsman (Indian in 2 Tests v England 1972-73), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1999)
  • Nov 2 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer (1980 World Champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 13 Al Luginbill, American football coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Pomona, California
  • Nov 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Nov 20 Greg Cook, American football player
  • Nov 23 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • Nov 29 Suzy Chaffee, American skier and chapstick user (Olympics 1968)
  • Nov 30 Ken Wadsworth, cricket keeper (NZ dashing batsman)
  • Dec 1 Ho-Jun Li, Korea PR, rifle (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 3 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch cyclist
  • Dec 6 Frank Hayes, cricketer (106* England v WI on debut 1973)
  • Dec 11 Rick McCosker, cricketer (fine Australian opener 1975-80)
  • Dec 12 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • Dec 14 Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Olympic 2 gold-72, 76)
  • Dec 14 Stan Smith, Pasadena, California, American tennis champ (Wimbledon 1972, US Open-1971)
  • Dec 15 Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • Dec 17 Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
  • Dec 18 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Dec 25 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • Dec 25 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • Dec 28 Hubie Green, golfer (US Open-1977, PGA-1985)
  • Dec 28 Jorge Velasquez, sportsman
  • Dec 29 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)