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Birthdays in Sport in 1947

  • Jan 1 Leonard Thompson, American golfer (3 x PGA Tour, 3 x PGA Champions Tour wins), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • Jan 2 Aleksandr Tikhonov, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold biathlon relay 1968, 72, 76, 80), born in Uyskoye, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Jan 2 Calvin Hill, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1969, 72–74; All-Pro 1969, 73; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 2 Lanny Bassham, American sports shooter (Olympic gold small-bore rifle, 3 positions 1976; silver 1972), born in Comanche, Texas
  • Jan 3 Fran Cotton, English rugby union prop forward (31 caps England, 7 British Lions; Coventry R.F.C., Sale), born in Wigan, England
  • Jan 5 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Jan 8 Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Jan 12 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 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, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2003)
  • Jan 14 Rubén Olivares, Mexican boxer (4-division world champion), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • Jan 20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist & directeur sportif, born in Bouguenais, France
  • Jan 24 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), born in Carrara, Italy (d. 2012)

  • Jan 24 Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (record 94 Japan Tour titles), born in Kaifu District, Tokushima
  • Jan 25 Tostão [Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade], Brazilian footballer, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Jan 25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Zamora, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 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 2 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 3 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • Feb 5 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst and race car driver, born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Feb 6 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • Feb 8 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • Feb 13 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 18 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), born in Renfrew, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Feb 20 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), born in Clewer, Berkshire, England (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, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27), born in Adelaide, Australia

  • Mar 2 Harry Redknapp, English soccer winger (West Ham United; AFC Bournemouth) and manager (Bournemouth, West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, QPR, Southampton), born in London, England
  • Mar 3 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • Mar 5 Kent Tekulve, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Dick Fosbury, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, "Fosbury Flop"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 7 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • Mar 9 Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland, 2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 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 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 27 Dough Wilkerson, American football player, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), born in East Liverpool, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 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], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna De Varona, American 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 Johnny Miller, American 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 Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), born in Philadelphia, PA (d. 2012)
  • May 26 Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2,991 runs @ 44.64; top score 259; chairman national selection panel), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • May 27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljan, FPR Yugoslavia
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • Jun 3 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jun 4 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), born in Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 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 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 (Fuji 1,000 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • Jul 2 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 3 Rob Rensenbrink, Dutch soccer left winger or forward (46 caps; Anderlecht), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jul 4 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 6 Lance Clemons, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

Jul 9 O.J. Simpson, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, broadcaster and actor (Heisman Trophy 1968; NFL MVP 1973; Buffalo 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 batsman (40 Tests; regular opening partner of Sunil Gavaskar), born in Meerut, India
  • 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 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), born in New Rochelle, NY (d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • Aug 7 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales

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 racing cyclist, born in Eeklo, East Flanders, Belgium
  • Aug 27 John Morrison, cricketer ("Mystery" NZ batsman 1973-82)
  • Aug 27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 29 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • Sep 5 Bruce Yardley, Australian cricket spin bowler (33 Tests, 126 wickets; coach Sri Lanka), born in Midland, Western Australia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 6 Bruce Rioch, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Aldershot, England
  • Sep 8 Amos Biwott, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1968), born in Uasin Gishee, Kenya
  • 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), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 16 Andy Irvine, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Sep 16 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austrian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Gummersbach, West Germany
  • Sep 16 Lucius Allen, American NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Sep 18 Giancarlo Minardi, Italian founder and Managing Director of Minardi Formula One team, born in Faenza, Italy

  • Sep 19 Larry Brown, American NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 20 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO (Special Olympics International 2002-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 25 Cheryl Tiegs, American model (Sports Illustrated) and fashion designer, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • Sep 26 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 29 Altie Taylor, soccer star
  • Oct 6 Klaus Dibiasi, Italian diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1968, 72, 76), born in Hall in Tirol, Austria
  • Oct 8 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete, born in Vossem, Belgium
  • Oct 11 Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist (Washington Post), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 13 Jerry Trupiano, American sports broadcaster, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 14 Charlie Joiner, American NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego), born in Many, Louisiana
  • Oct 14 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 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; World C'ship gold 1974), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Nov 1 Ted Hendricks, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (8 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1971, 76, 80, 84), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Nov 4 Alexei Ulanov, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold [with Irina Rodnina] 1972), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Nov 4 Rod Marsh, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (96 Tests, 355 dismissals; Australian selector), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Nov 5 Oļegs Antropovs, Latvian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR
  • 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 (BDO World Champion 1988), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Nov 7 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 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, born in Frankfurt-Sossenheim, Germany
  • Nov 19 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 26 Larry Gura, American MLB baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Nov 26 Richie Hebner, American baseball player, born in Norwood, Massachusetts

  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (35 Tests; coach Australia 39 Tests; RL Immortal), born in Warrington, England
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  • Dec 2 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestJohnny Bench

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

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Dec 9 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • 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, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India
  • 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

About 1947

How Old? 72 or 73 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Jan 21), Pig (Jan 22 - Dec 31)