Birthdays in Sport in 1947

  • Jan 2 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • Jan 2 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 2 Lanny Bassham, American rifle-3 position (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jan 5 Mercury Morris, American football player
  • Jan 6 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Jan 8 Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • Jan 11 Bryan Robson, English international soccer star
  • Jan 12 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • Jan 13 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jan 13 Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • Jan 14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player
  • Jan 17 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • Jan 20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • Jan 24 Giorgio Chinaglia, Carrara Italy, soccer star (Lazio of Italy, NY Cosmos), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
  • Jan 25 Tostão, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • Jan 29 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)

Person of interestNolan Ryan

Jan 31 Nolan Ryan, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Feb 1 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star
  • Feb 2 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 3 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • Feb 5 Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
  • Feb 6 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968)
  • Feb 8 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • Feb 13 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • Feb 14 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 14 Salah-ud-Din, cricketer (played 5 Tests for Pakistan 1965-69)
  • Feb 18 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Feb 20 Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
  • Feb 23 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • Feb 25 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), born in Rosewell, Scotland (d. 2003)
  • Feb 25 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • Feb 27 Ashley Woodcock, cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27)
  • Mar 2 Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • Mar 3 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • Mar 5 Kent Tekulve, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, high jumper (Olympic gold 1968), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 7 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • Mar 13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • Mar 15 David Colley, cricketer (NSW quickie, 3 Tests for Australia 1972)
  • Mar 15 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Mar 18 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • Mar 19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • Mar 19 Vince Martino, WLAF offensive asst (Barcelona Dragons), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Mar 19 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 27 Dough Wilkerson, American football player, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, cricketer (Aust swing bowler, 16 wkts on debut v Eng 1972)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna Elizabeth De Varona, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 29 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Apr 29 John Laurence Miller, golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 1 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • May 6 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • May 13 David Hughes, cricketer
  • May 14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • May 21 Dorothy Germain, LPGA golfer
  • May 26 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • May 27 Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer
  • May 27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer, (Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • Jun 2 Jan Ferraris, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 3 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jun 6 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • Jun 6 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • Jun 7 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher and captain (NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • Jun 10 Ken Singleton, baseball player (Orioles), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Jun 12 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 20 John Forbes, horse trainer
  • Jun 22 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)

Person of interestPete Maravich

Jun 22 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Jun 29 Jeff Moss, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v Pakistan 1979), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 1 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese auto racer (world sportscar championship 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • Jul 2 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 4 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 6 Lance Clemons, baseball player

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

Jul 9 O.J. Simpson [Orenthal James], NFL Running Back (Buf Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Jul 12 Pollamani Krishnamurthy, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1971 WI tour)
  • Jul 14 Steve Stone, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 19 Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 20 James Harris, Monroe La, NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego)
  • Jul 21 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket opener (Gavaskar's partner for a while)
  • Jul 23 Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Jul 24 M Jacques Fouroux, rugby player
  • Jul 24 Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer (probably Pakistan's finest batsman ever), born in Sialkot, Punjab
  • Jul 28 Barbara Ann Ferrell Edmondson, Miss, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 28 Elena Novikova-Belova, USSR, foils (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Jul 29 Janet LePera, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 29 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 5 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)

Person of interestKen Dryden

Aug 8 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • Aug 8 Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)
  • Aug 10 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (1969-76)
  • Aug 11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Aug 12 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • Aug 16 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Aug 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • Aug 24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 27 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)
  • Aug 27 Susie McAllister, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 29 James Hunt, English race car driver (d. 1993)
  • Sep 6 Bruce Rioch, Scottish footballer and coach
  • Sep 8 Amos Biwott, Uasin Gishee Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Sep 9 Lynn Fitzgerald, marathoner (ran 133 miles 939 yards in 24 hrs)

Person of interestLarry Nelson

Sep 10 Larry Nelson, American golfer (US Open 1983; PGA C'ship 1981, 87), born in Fort Payne, Alabama

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Sep 14 Wolfgang Schwartz, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Sep 16 Andy Irvine, rugby player
  • Sep 16 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austrian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Sep 16 Lucius Allen, NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Sep 18 Giancarlo Minardi, Italian motor racing team boss
  • Sep 19 Larry Brown, NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards)
  • Sep 25 Cheryl Tiegs, Minnesota, model (Sports Illustrated)
  • Sep 26 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 29 Altie Taylor, soccer star
  • Oct 6 Klaus Dibiasi, Italian platform diver (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76)
  • Oct 8 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete
  • Oct 11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist
  • Oct 13 Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster
  • Oct 14 Charlie Joiner, Many La, NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego)
  • Oct 18 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Oct 21 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)
  • Oct 26 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • Oct 31 Frank Shorter, American marathoner (Olympic gold/silver-72, 76), born in Munich, Germany
  • Nov 1 Rolando Garbey, Cuban light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Nov 4 Aleksandr Tkachev, USSR, parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Nov 4 Alexei Ulanov, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Nov 4 Edward Matt Dougherty, Chester PA, PGA golfer (1995 Deposit Guaranty)
  • Nov 4 Rodney Marsh, cricketer (AKA "Iron Gloves" AKA "Bacchus" Kept wickets)
  • Nov 5 Oleg Antropov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Nov 6 Larry James, American track athlete, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mount Pleasant, New York (d. 2008)
  • Nov 6 Jim Rosenthal, English sports presenter, born in Oxford, England
  • Nov 7 Bob Anderson, English darts player
  • Nov 7 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player
  • Nov 12 Ron Bryant, American baseball player
  • Nov 13 Gene Garber, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 16 Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer
  • Nov 19 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 20 Mardell Wilkins, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 26 Larry Gura, baseball player
  • Nov 26 Richie Hebner, American baseball player, born in Norwood, Massachusetts
  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, cricket pace bowler (Indian v WI 1978-79)
  • Dec 2 Tommy Jenkins, English football player
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestJohnny Bench

Dec 7 Johnny Bench, MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Dec 10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 13 Les Joslin, cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2)
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi)
  • Dec 25 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player