On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1953

  • Jan 1 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), born in Zwierzyn, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Jan 3 Angelo Parisi, French judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1980), born in Arpino, Italy
  • Jan 3 Peter Taylor, English soccer winger (4 caps; Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur) and manager (Leicester City, Hull, Crystal Palace), born in Rochford, England
  • Jan 4 Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer midfielder (19 caps; River Plate), born in Vicente López, Argentina
  • Jan 7 Agha Zahid, Pakistani cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jan 8 Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Bobby Rahal, American racing car driver & team owner (over 15 wins), born in Medina, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Bob Baffert, American Racing Hall of Fame trainer (Triple Crown 2015, 18), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • Jan 15 Randy White, American College/Pro Football HOF tackle (Super Bowl 1977 [MVP]; 7 × First-team All-Pro; 9 × Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 17 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Jan 19 Richard Legendre, Canadian tennis player and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec

Paul Allen

Jan 21 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

  • Jan 22 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines
  • Jan 23 Pat Haden, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • Feb 1 Andy Mill, American alpine skier (non-placed Olympics, World C'ships; ex-husband of tennis player Chris Evert), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Feb 2 Penny Pulz, Australian golfer (Dinah Shore runner-up 1978), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 5 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • Feb 6 Susie Hutchison, American equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96), born in Flintridge, California
  • Feb 7 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 7 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 9 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 11 Yitzhak "Vicky" Peretz, Israeli soccer striker (40 caps; Maccabi Tel Aviv, Strasbourg, Rennes), born in Kfar Saba, Israel (d. 2021)
  • Feb 13 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor), born in Tanzania
  • Feb 16 André St. Laurent, Canadian NHL hockey forward, 1973-90 (New York Islanders, Detroit Red Wings, and 2 other teams), born in Rouyn, Quebec
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFL defensive end, 1975-88 (NY Giants), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Mar 1 Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (4 Tests; first SL Test captain; 12 ODIs; Bloomfield CC), born in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka (d. 2021)
  • Mar 1 Carlos Queiroz, Portuguese soccer coach (Portugal, UAE, RSA, Iran, Colombia; Real Madrid), born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique
  • Mar 1 Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, American football linebacker (NFL Pro Bowl 1978; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Austin, Texas
  • Mar 3 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 4 Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • Mar 8 Jim Rice, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (AL MVP 1978; 8-time MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox), born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • Mar 8 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Andy Bean, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • Mar 14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 15 Colin Croft, West Indian cricket fast bowler, broadcaster (27 Tests, 125 wickets @ 23.30), born in Lancaster Village, Demerara, British Guiana
  • Mar 17 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • Mar 19 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Mar 23 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • Mar 25 Haroon Rashid, Pakistani cricket batsman (23 Tests, 3 x 100s; 12 ODIs; Karachi, Sind, UBIL, UBP), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • Mar 31 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Apr 1 Aftab Baloch, Pakistan cricket batsman (2 Tests; 7th player to pass the 400 first class run milestone, 428 for Sind 1974), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Apr 1 Alberto Zaccheroni, Italian soccer manager (AC Milan, Lazio, Internazionale, Torino, Juventus, UAE, Japan), born in Meldola, Italy
  • Apr 1 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), born in Prešov, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Mehdi Cerbah, Algerian soccer goalkeeper (57 caps; JS Kabylie), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 2021)
  • Apr 5 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Apr 6 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Apr 7 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 10 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85), born in Coventry, England
  • Apr 19 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rivoli Veronese, Italy
  • Apr 21 Ed Fiori, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Lynwood, California
  • Apr 25 Gary Cosier, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI), born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia
  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, West Indian cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • May 2 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish soccer midfielder (54 caps; Middlesbrough FC, Liverpool FC 247 games) and manager (FA Cup: 1991–92 Liverpool; 3 x SPD Rangers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player

George Brett

May 15 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13 x MLB All Star; World Series 1985; AL MVP 1980; KC Royals), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star (1976, 86; Silver Slugger Award 1984–86; LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, South Korean footballer and manager, born in Hwaseong, South Korea
  • May 22 Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), born in Farnworth, England (d. 2021)
  • May 25 D. A. Weibring Jr, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2008), born in Quincy Illinois
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer, born in Chacabuco, Argentina
  • May 25 Gaetano Scirea, Italian soccer defender (78 caps, FIFA World Cup 1982; Juventus 377 games), born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy (d. 1989)
  • May 26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Ranjy Nanan, West Indian cricket spin bowler (WI 1 Test; Trinidad & Tobago), born in Preysal, Trinidad
  • Jun 2 Craig Stadler, American golfer (US Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 20 Raúl Ramírez, Mexican tennis player, born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Jun 21 Charlie Moore Jr., American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jun 25 Ian Davis, Australian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 1 x 100; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 27 Kent Bostick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jul 1 Pat Donovan, American NFL offensive lineman (4-time Pro Bowl, Dallas Cowboys), born in Helena, Montana
  • Jul 1 Mike Haynes, American NFL cornerback, College/Pro Football Halls of Fame, 9X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots; Los Angeles Raiders), born in Denison, Texas
  • Jul 2 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan

Leon Spinks

Jul 11 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

  • Jul 13 Larry Gomes, dependable West Indian cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • Jul 20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • Jul 21 Brian Talbot, British soccer midfielder (6 caps; Ipswich, Arsenal) and manager (WBA, Hibernian, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham), born in Ipswich, England

Graham Gooch

Jul 23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

  • Jul 24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • Aug 6 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • Aug 8 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

Nigel Mansell

Aug 8 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England

Hulk Hogan

Aug 11 Hulk Hogan [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • Aug 16 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, British rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Wednesfield, England

Robert Parish

Aug 30 Robert Parish, American College/Basketball HOF center (9 x NBA All-Star; NBA C'ship 1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics; 97 Chicago Bulls), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • Aug 31 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 4 Michael Stean, English chess grandmaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 6 Mohamed Kedir, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Ethiopia
  • Sep 12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972; World C'ship gold 1971), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 16 Jerry Pate, American golfer (US Open 1976; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Sep 27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 27 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • Sep 29 Warren Cromartie, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Miami Beach, Florida

Grete Waitz

Oct 1 Grete Waitz, Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)

  • Oct 9 Hank Pfister, American tennis star, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Oct 10 Gus Williams, American NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington), born in Mount Vernon, New York

Pat Day

Oct 13 Pat Day, American thoroughbred jockey (9 x winners American Triple Crown races; 6 x US Champion in wins; 2 x US Champion in earnings; $298m career purses), born in Brush, Colorado

  • Oct 14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • Oct 16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Oct 16 Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer

Keith Hernandez

Oct 20 Keith Hernandez, American MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

  • Oct 24 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 24 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 25 Mark McNulty, Irish-Zimbabwean golfer (The Tradition 2007; 16 European Tour titles), born in Bindura, Zimbabwe
  • Oct 25 Muffin Spencer-Devlin, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Piqua, Ohio
  • Oct 28 Mark James, British golfer (Senior Players Championship 2004), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 28 Phil Dwyer, Welsh soccer defender (10 caps; Cardiff City 471 games), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2021)

Denis Potvin

Oct 29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

  • Oct 31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Nov 2 Rick Meagher, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 1990; St. Louis Blues captain), born in Belleville, Ontario
  • Nov 4 Jacques Villeneuve (elder), Canadian auto racer (North American Formula Atlantic Champion 1980–81; Can-Am Champion 1983), born in Berthierville, Quebec
  • Nov 7 Lucinda Green, English equestrian (Olympic silver 1984), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • Nov 9 Gaétan Hart, Canadian boxer
  • Nov 13 Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Marin Čilić), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Nov 17 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), born in Matosinhos, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • Nov 20 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • Nov 22 Wayne Larkins, cricketer (England opening batsman of 80's)
  • Nov 23 Martin Kent, Australian cricketer (Queensland batsman, Australia)
  • Nov 26 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • Nov 28 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Nov 28 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • Dec 2 Jay Haas, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2006, 08; Senior Players C'ship 2009; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 3 Franz Klammer, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1976; World C'ships gold combined 1974, downhill 1976), born in Mooswald, Carinthia, Austria
  • Dec 4 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canada Cup gold 1984; NHL All-Star Game 1981-82, 84; Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 4 Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian soccer goalkeeper (64 caps; Beveren, Bayern Munich), born in Lebbeke, Belgium
  • Dec 6 Gary Ward, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 8 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 9 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers; Cleveland Cavaliers; Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 13 Zoltán Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 13 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 13 Bob Gainey, Canadian NHL player & hockey bureaucrat, born in Peterborough, Canada
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • Dec 19 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 21 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in Sommelsdijk, Netherlands
  • Dec 26 Matthew Harding, English businessman & soccer administrator (Chelsea Football Club), born in Haywards Heath, England
  • Dec 27 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • Dec 29 Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972, 76; WR 69.32m 1977), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 29 Thomas Bach, German lawyer (9th President International Olympic Committee 2013-present), born in Würzburg, West Germany

About 1953

How Old? 68 or 69 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon (Jan 1 - Feb 13), Snake (Feb 14 - Dec 31)