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Sports Stars Born 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 5-5m class 1968; World C'ship gold Dragon class 1971), Nacka, Sweden
  • 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 26 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), born in Santa Rosa, Argentina (d. 2020)

Nolan Ryan

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

  • Feb 2 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 3 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)

Darrell Waltrip

Feb 5 Darrell Waltrip, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series 1981, 82, 85; Daytona 500 1989; winner 84 x NASCAR Cup Series races) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), 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, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 11 wickets; Western Australia; Chairman WACA), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2021)
  • Feb 13 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 13 Augusto Matine, Portuguese soccer midfielder (9 caps; Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal) and manager (Mozambique national team), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2020)
  • 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 18 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • Feb 20 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), born in Clewer, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Vladimir Kuzyutkin, Russian volleyball coach (Russia Women - World Cup gold 2010; Bulgaria Women), born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 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, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), born in Madera, California (d. 2021)
  • 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 MLB baseball relief pitcher, 1980 All-Star (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1974-85 and 2 other teams), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 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, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/83, 1 x 50; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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

Alan Sugar

Mar 24 Alan Sugar, English computer manufacturer (Amstrad; chairman / part-owner Tottenham Hotspur FC 1991-2001) and television celebrity (The Apprentice), born in London, England

  • Mar 27 Doug Wilkerson, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1980–82; First-team All-Pro 1982; SD Chargers), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 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 catcher (MLB All-Star, Gold Glove Award 1970, 71 Cleveland Indians; World Series Oakland A's 1973, 74) and broadcaster (Oakland A's NBC), born in Marion, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, Australian cricket swing bowler (6 Tests; 16 wickets on debut v England 1972), born in Perth, Australia

Kareem 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 16 Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan

Johan Cruyff

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 27 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1971, 72; Chicago Black Hawks), born in Wadena, Saskatchewan (d. 2003)
  • 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 1 Danilo Popivoda, Serbian soccer forward (20 caps Yugoslavia; Olimpija, Eintracht Braunschweig), born in Lovćenac, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • May 6 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • May 14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, American MLB pitcher, 1972-84 (Cleveland Indians; New York Yankees and 3 other teams), and executive (Asst GM, San Francisco Giants), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • May 26 Darrell Evans, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1973, 83; World Series 1984; AL HR leader 1985; Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 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 soccer midfielder (46 caps Yugoslavia; NK Olimpija, Hajduk Split, Schalke 04, Bayern Munich) and manager (Slovenia 2004-06), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1972; Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • 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 rider (World C'ship gold Individual Jumping 1965; Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, England
  • Jun 6 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1968; silver 100m butterfly, 4×100m medley 1964), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jun 7 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • Jun 10 Ken Singleton, American baseball player (Orioles), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Jun 12 Ron Freeman, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m, bronze 400m 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 22 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)

Pete Maravich

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

  • 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

O.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

  • Jul 11 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), born in Nižný Medzev, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • Jul 12 Pollamani Krishnamurthy, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1971 WI tour) (d. 1999)
  • Jul 14 Steve Stone, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 19 Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 20 James Harris, Amnerican NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Jul 21 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), born in Meerut, India (d. 2020)
  • 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 Ferrell, American runnerr (Olympic gold 1968), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Elena Belova, Russian foils fencer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Sovetskaya Gavan, Soviet Union
  • 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 MLB player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • Aug 6 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), born in Bartow, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Aug 7 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Australian Open doubles 1968, 77; Wimbledon doubles 1978), born in Sydney, Australia

Ken Dryden

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

  • Aug 8 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 10 Alan Ward, England cricket pace bowler (5 Tests, 14 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), born in Dronfield, England
  • 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 3 Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • Sep 3 Gérard Houllier, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), born in Thérouanne, France (d. 2020)
  • Sep 4 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts for ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 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)

Larry Nelson

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

  • Sep 13 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), born in Elgoibar, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 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 24 Jorge Spedaletti, Chilean soccer forward (5 caps; Everton Viña del Mar, Universidad de Chile Santiago, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2022)
  • 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 28 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), born in Yenakiieve, Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • Sep 30 Miguel de Oliveira, Brazilian boxer (WBC light middleweight champion 1975), born in Sao Paulo, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • 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, 3 x 100; coach Australian & England Academies) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 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 (San Francisco Giants), born in Redlands, California
  • 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 22 Wendell, Brazilian soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; Botafogo, Fluminense FC, Santa Cruz FC), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 2022)
  • 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 (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 1 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 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

Johnny Bench

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

  • 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 15 Davie Robb, Scottish soccer forward (5 caps; Aberdeen FC 251 games), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricket spin bowler (33 Tests, 114 wickets, BB 6/102; Bengal, East Zone, Nottinghamshire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Rajkot, India

Bill Rodgers

Dec 23 Bill Rodgers, American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, American all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox), born in Vermont
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player

About 1947

How Old? 74 or 75 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

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