Birthdays in Sport in 1955

  • Jan 1 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 12 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 18 Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 24 James Montgomery, US 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)
  • Jan 27 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Jan 30 Curtis Strange, Norfolk VA, PGA golfer (1989 US Open)

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Jan 31 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • Feb 1 Ernie Camacho, baseball player
  • Feb 5 Mike Heath, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)

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Feb 10 Greg Norman, Australian PGA golfer (1984 Kemper), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Feb 10 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Oly-silver-76)
  • Feb 12 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathelete (Olympics-1976)
  • Feb 12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 14 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 22 Tim Young, Scarborough, Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars)
  • Feb 24 Alain Prost, Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93)
  • Feb 26 Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver
  • Feb 28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 2 Steve Small, cricketer (stalwart NSW opening batsman)
  • Mar 7 Tommy Kramer, American football player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Mar 8 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
  • Mar 9 Teo Fabi, formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983)
  • Mar 10 Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 13 Olga Rukavishnikova, USSR, pentathlete (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 13 Bruno Conti, Italian footballer
  • Mar 15 Mohsin Khan, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman late 70s early 80s)
  • Mar 16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • Mar 18 Graham Porter, cricketer (1 day intl for Australia 1979)
  • Mar 21 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • Mar 23 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • Mar 24 Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 25 Lee Mazzilli, American baseball player
  • Mar 26 Danny Arndt, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 27 Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer
  • Mar 29 Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, 1977 Heisman), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 31 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer
  • Apr 1 Danny Joe Pohl, Mt Pleasant MI, PGA golfer (1986 Colonial)
  • Apr 10 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (Masters)
  • Apr 13 Lupe Pintor, Mexican boxer
  • Apr 15 Barbara Barrow, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 15 Enith Salle Brigitha, Neth, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Apr 16 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager
  • Apr 18 Anne-Marie Palli, Ciboure France, LPGA golfer (1992 ShopRite)

  • Apr 25 Buster Mottram, English tennis player, born in Kingston upon Thames
  • Apr 25 Joanne Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Apr 25 Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 26 Mike Scott, American baseball player
  • May 1 Julien Wiener, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 1979-80)
  • May 2 Ian Callen, cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets)
  • May 3 David Hookes, cricketer (dashing Australian LHB, S Aussie stalwart)
  • May 9 Myra Blackwelder, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Bruce Hartzler, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 14 Peter Kirsten, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)

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May 14 [Jose] Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball pitcher (Orioles, Expos, Indians), born in Granada, Nicaragua

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • May 16 Jack Morris, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • May 16 Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
  • May 19 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, SD Padres)
  • May 21 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • May 21 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • May 24 Thad Ackel, horse trainer
  • May 26 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • May 27 Graeme "Jock" Edwards, cricketer (beefy NZ lefty batsman late 70's)
  • May 28 Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
  • May 30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • May 31 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jun 1 Chiyonofuji, sumo wrestler
  • Jun 1 Lorraine Moller, Boulder Colo, NZ athelete (Olympics-96)
  • Jun 5 Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
  • Jun 11 Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower
  • Jun 14 Vince Evans, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 15 Cathy Morse, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 16 Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Jun 21 Michel Platini, French footballer
  • Jun 22 LeAnn Cassaday, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 23 Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • Jun 24 Loren Lloyd Roberts, San Luis Obispo CA, PGA golfer (Nestle-1994, 95)
  • Jun 27 Isabelle Adjani, actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 28 Nikolai Simyatov, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • Jun 28 Eric Gates, English footballer
  • Jun 30 Mark MacDonald, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Matt Keough, baseball player (Oakland A's, NY Yankees)
  • Jul 7 Len Barker, American baseball player
  • Jul 9 Willie Wilson, American baseball player
  • Jul 10 Pamela Theresa Jiles, NO LA, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Jul 11 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jul 17 Christopher Chappell, Former Canadian Cricketer
  • Jul 19 Roger Binny, Indian cricket medium-pace all-rounder (early 80's)
  • Jul 24 Lubov Odinokova, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jul 27 Allan Border, cricket captain (Australia)
  • Aug 1 Arun Lal, cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's)
  • Aug 1 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • Aug 6 Tom Inskeep, Bluffton Ind, Canadian Tour golfer
  • Aug 8 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • Aug 9 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL QB (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 9 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • Aug 10 Marja-Liisa Hamalainen, Finnish cross country skier (Oly-gold-1984)
  • Aug 11 Norio Honaga, wrestler (NJPW)

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Aug 13 Betsy King, American LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Aug 13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver
  • Aug 13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver
  • Aug 15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Aug 19 Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • Aug 20 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 30 Richard "Butch" Johnson, archer (Olymp-gold-1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Oly-2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)
  • Sep 5 Bruno Zarrillo, Italian-Canadian hockey forward (Team Italy 1998), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Sep 6 Anne Henning, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 10 Charlotte Lewis, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 16 Robin Yount, baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits)
  • Sep 16 Vicki Tabor, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 17 Scott William Simpson, PGA golfer (1987 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 22 Jerry Anderson, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1982, 83), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 22 Jeffrey Leonard, Major League baseball player
  • Sep 25 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German footballer
  • Sep 25 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (d. 1985)
  • Sep 29 Vicki Fergon, LPGA golfer (1979 Lady Stroh's), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Oct 4 Joe Orseno, race horse trainer
  • Oct 4 Jorge Valdano, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 5 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 6 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • Oct 8 Bill Elliott, auto racer (Daytona-1978)
  • Oct 9 Steve Ovett, England, runner (Olympics-800m gold, 1500m bronze-1980)

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Oct 15 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan tennis star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • Oct 15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
  • Oct 19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Oct 20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Oct 24 Ghulam Parkar, cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982)
  • Oct 25 Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Nov 2 Mark Reynolds, star sailor (Olymp-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 3 Phil Simms, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Super Bowl 1986)
  • Nov 10 Jack Clark, Penns, all star outfielder (Giants, Cards, Yanks, Padres)
  • Nov 14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • Nov 14 Willie Hernandez, pitcher (Cy Young Award)
  • Nov 17 Bill McCreary, Ontario, NHL referee
  • Nov 17 Dennis Maruk, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 21 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • Nov 22 James Edwards, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Nov 22 Sue Novara-Reber, cyclist (1975 World sprint champ), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Nov 22 Wayne Tolleson, baseball player

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Nov 24 Ian Botham, English cricketer (all time great all-rounder), born in Heswall, Cheshire, England

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Nov 24 Scott Mabon Hoch, PGA golfer (1982 USF&G Classic), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nov 26 Bob Walk, baseball player
  • Nov 26 Jay Howell, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • Nov 27 Pierre Mondou, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 28 Alessandro Altobelli, Italian footballer
  • Nov 30 Andy Gray, English soccer player
  • Dec 1 Uwe Benter, German FR, coxsman (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 4 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 6 Malcolm Jarvis, cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side)
  • Dec 8 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • Dec 11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 12 Lenore Rittenhouse, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 12 Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 14 Jane Crafter, golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • Dec 16 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • Dec 19 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • Dec 22 Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
  • Dec 24 Anwar Khan, cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979)
  • Dec 27 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver