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Birthdays in Sport in 1949

  • Jan 3 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 6 Mike Boit, Kenyan 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Person of interestGeorge Foreman

Jan 10 George Foreman, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 10 Walter S. Browne, Australian-born American chess Grandmaster (1974-78, 1980-84), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • Jan 15 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Lajas, Puerto Rico (d. 2001)
  • Jan 17 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976), born in Churwalden, Switzerland
  • Jan 19 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 23 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer & sports journalist, born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Jim Thorpe, American golfer (The Tradition 2002, 3 PGA Tour titles), born in Roxboro, North Carolina

  • Feb 2 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • Feb 3 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • Feb 5 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Feb 6 Manuel Orantes, Spanish tennis player (US Open-1975), born in Granada, Spain
  • Feb 6 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player & pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 7 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • Feb 7 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Feb 8 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Feb 9 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer (10 European Tour titles), born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • Feb 10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Feb 12 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • Feb 15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 20 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer

Person of interestNiki Lauda

Feb 22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • Feb 22 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Feb 23 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 24 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
  • Mar 2 J. P. R. Williams, Welsh rugby union fullback (55 caps Wales, 8 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1971, 76, 78), born in Bridgend, Wales

  • Mar 3 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), born in Birstall, England (d. 2021)
  • Mar 6 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • Mar 8 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Mar 13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (d. 1974)
  • Mar 17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • Mar 18 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), born in Carvin, France (d. 2020)
  • Mar 21 Alvin Kallicharran, West Indian cricket batsman (66 Tests 1972-81 @ 44.43), born in Port Mourant, British Guiana
  • Mar 25 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, 1970-81 (New York Islanders, and three other teams), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 26 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), born in Santander, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Mar 27 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Mar 28 Ronnie Ray Smith, American athlete, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Mar 28 Shafiq Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman during the 70's), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Mar 28 Paul Bayvel, South African rugby union scrum-half (10 caps; Transvaal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Mar 29 Uton Dowe, West Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 12 wickets), born in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica
  • Apr 1 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 3 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 8 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Apr 11 Jean-Pierre Bastiat, French rugby union lock (32 Tests; US Dax), born in Pouillon, France (d. 2021)
  • Apr 13 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver, born in San Juan, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • Apr 22 Spencer Haywood, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1968; NBA C'ship 1980 LA Lakers; NBA All-Star 1972–75; ABA All-Star Game MVP 1970), born in Silver City, Mississippi
  • Apr 25 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Apr 26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentine soccer forward and coach (14 caps; Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 29 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympics, 1972)
  • Apr 30 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • May 3 Leopoldo Luque, Argentine soccer striker (43 caps; River Plate), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • May 4 John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • May 7 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • May 14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • May 15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • May 16 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 25 Lalith Kaluperuma, Sri Lankan cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • May 26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • May 28 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Brian Kidd, English soccer forward, coach, manager (England 2 caps, Manchester City), born in Manchester, England
  • May 30 Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests, 325 wickets; 64 ODIs), born in Sunderland, County Durham, England (d. 2019)
  • May 30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach
  • Jun 2 Stewart Ginn, Australian golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2002), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 8 Hildegard Falck, German athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972 FRG), born in Nettelrede, Germany
  • Jun 11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
  • Jun 12 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Granby, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 15 Dusty Baker, American baseball outfielder and manager (MLB All Star 1981-82; LA Dodgers; NL Manager of the Year 1993, 97, 2000), born in Riverside, California
  • Jun 16 Paulo César, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 20 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 23 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 25 Phyllis George, Miss America (1971) and sportscaster (CBS), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jun 28 Don Baylor, American baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jun 29 Dan Dierdorf, American football offensive lineman and sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 30 Eric Goetz, American shipbuilder (America's Cup 1995), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 10 Sunil Gavaskar, Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (125 Tests, 10,122 runs @ 51.12; 34 Test centuries), born in Bombay, India

  • Jul 12 Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner and car dealer, born in Palmer Springs, Virginia
  • Jul 13 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Jul 17 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster, born in Malverne, New York
  • Jul 17 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84), born in Subiaco, Western Australia
  • Jul 21 Ludmila Smirnova, Soviet pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jul 21 Al Hrabosky, American NLB player, born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Jul 23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 André Dupont, Quebec ice hockey player, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 28 Vida Blue, American MLB pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971), born in Mansfield, Louisiana
  • Aug 3 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold), born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 8 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • Aug 9 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 13 Bobby Clarke, NHL player and coach (Philadelphia Flyer), born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • Aug 14 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • Aug 18 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • Aug 22 Diana Nyad, American journalist and long-distance swimmer (1st to swim Bahamas to Fla-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Doug Bair, American baseball player, born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • Aug 26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 27 Doug Tewell, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 2000, The Tradition 2001), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 3 José Pékerman, Argentine football manager (Columbia 2012-18), born in Villa Domínguez, Argentina

Person of interestTom Watson

Sep 4 Tom Watson, American golfer (8-time major winner; British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Sep 4 Dean Pees, American football coach, born in Dunkirk, Ohio
  • Sep 9 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • Sep 9 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • Sep 11 Marty Liquori, American runner (AAU 3 mile-1979 (13:14.7)), born in Montclair, New Jersey

  • Sep 11 Roger Uttley, English rugby union player, born in Blackpool, England
  • Sep 11 Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Sep 12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Sep 18 Peter Shilton, English football goalkeeper, born in Leicester, England
  • Sep 19 Chi Shangbin, Chinese soccer midfielder (58 caps; Liaoning) and coach (Dalian Wanda: Chinese Jia-A League champions & Coach of the Year 1996, 97), born in Dalian, China (d. 2021)
  • Sep 20 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • Sep 21 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Sep 22 Harold Carmichael, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 25 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (big-spinning WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), born in Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1995)

Person of interestMike Schmidt

Sep 27 Mike Schmidt, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (NL MVP 1980-81, 86; 12-time MLB All Star), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Sep 29 Steve Busby, footballer
  • Oct 3 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • Oct 4 John Wathan, American baseball catcher and manager (Kansas City Royals), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Person of interestBill James

Oct 5 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician (sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • Oct 9 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • Oct 10 Lance Cairns, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (43 Tests, 130 wickets; 78 ODIs, 89 wickets), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • Oct 13 Tom Mees, American sports broadcaster, born in Springfield, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Oct 13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Oct 18 George Hendrick, baseball player
  • Oct 18 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Oct 19 Lynn Dickey, American NFL quarterback (All Pro 1983; Green Bay Packers 1976-85), born in Paola, Kansas
  • Oct 20 Valery Borzov, USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Oct 20 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Oct 21 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Malartic, Quebec (d. 1971)
  • Oct 21 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)
  • Oct 22 Arsène Wenger, French football manager (Arsenal 1996-2018), born in Strasbourg, France
  • Oct 25 Réjean Houle, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec
  • Oct 28 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathlete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Nov 2 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2020)

Person of interestLarry Holmes

Nov 3 Larry Holmes, American boxer (world heavyweight champion, 20 successful title defences), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

  • Nov 3 Roswitha Krause, German swimmer and team handball player (first woman Summer Olympic medals in different sports; silver 4x100m freestyle 1968, handball 1976), born in Dahme, Germany
  • Nov 11 Kathy Postlewait, American golfer (4-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Nov 13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • Nov 19 Ahmad Rashad [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • Nov 20 Juha Mieto, Finnish 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980), born in Kurikka, Finland
  • Nov 21 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), born in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • Nov 21 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey (first women to win a race on a major US track), born in Highland, Illinois
  • Nov 22 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
  • Nov 25 Kerry O'Keeffe, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-77)
  • Nov 27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Ikawa, Japan
  • Nov 29 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • Nov 30 Margaret Whitton, actress (Good & Evil, Major League), born in Meade, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • Dec 3 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), born in Abako, Uganda (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 6 Peter Willey, English cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's), born in Sedgefield, County Durham, England
  • Dec 9 Tom Kite, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • Dec 12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Nana Alexandria, Georgian International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), born in Poti, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • Dec 14 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), born in Vallejo, California (d. 2019)
  • Dec 17 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • Dec 19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Dec 20 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player, born in Brenham, Texas
  • Dec 23 Wally Edwards, Australian cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • Dec 24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 25 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • Dec 29 Syed Kirmani, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer), born in Chennai, India
  • Dec 30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)

About 1949

How Old? 71 or 72 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Jan 28), Ox (Jan 29 - Dec 31)