On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1957

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia

Person of interestNancy Lopez

Jan 6 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 major titles, 48 LPGA Tour wins), born in Torrance, California

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jan 7 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer, born in Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 8 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Jan 11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Bryan Robson, English soccer midfielder, manager (90 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Middlesborough), born in Chester-le-Street, England
  • Jan 13 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Jan 13 Mark O'Meara, American golfer (US Masters, British Open 1988), born in Goldsboro North Carolina
  • Jan 17 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 19 Ottis Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jan 21 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)

Person of interestMike Bossy

Jan 22 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 25 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Ashok Malhotra, cricketer (Indian batsman in 7 Tests 1982-84)
  • Jan 26 Shivlal Yadav, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 102 Test wickets 1979-87)

Person of interestNick Price

Jan 28 Nick Price, Zimbabwean golfer (PGA C'ship 1992, 94; British Open 1994), born in Durban, South Africa

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

Person of interestPayne Stewart

Jan 30 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1999)

  • Jan 31 Shirley Babashoff, American swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76), born in Whittier, California
  • Feb 5 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • Feb 7 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Damaso Garcia, baseball player
  • Feb 9 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • Feb 10 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • Feb 13 Thelston Payne, West Indian cricketer (WI 1986), born in Foul Bay, Barbados
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • Feb 15 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • Feb 18 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 20 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • Feb 24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Feb 26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Feb 27 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete, born in Ust-Tarksky District, Russia
  • Feb 28 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Mar 4 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver

  • Mar 6 Mike Gatting, England cricket batsman (79 Tests, captain 1986-88), born in Kingsbury, England
  • Mar 8 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • Mar 8 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Jon Engen, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 10 Adolfo Horta, Camaguey Cuba, HW boxer (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 11 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 13 Steve Lake, American baseball player, born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 15 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 23 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 28 Harvey Glance, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phenix City, Alabama
  • Apr 1 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • Apr 1 Donnie Hammond, American golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • Apr 3 Charles Jones, American basketball player, NBA forward (Houston Rockets), born in McGehee, Arkansas
  • Apr 4 Paul Downton, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's), born in Farnborough, London
  • Apr 4 Kelso, American racehorse, born in Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • Apr 8 Fred Smerlas, American football player

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

Apr 9 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), born in Pedreña, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 11 Everton Mattis, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early 80's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 13 Dallas Moir, Maltese-Scottish cricketer, born in Imtarfa, Malta
  • Apr 15 Evelyn Ashford, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 20 Graeme Fowler, English cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s), born in Accrington, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 25 Eric Bristow [The Crafty Cockney], English darts legend and 5 time world champion, born in Hackney, England (d. 2018) "Crafty Cockney
  • May 1 Rick Darling, Australian cricket opening batsman (14 Tests 1978-79), born in Walkerie, South Australia
  • May 3 Rod Langway, American ice hockey defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Wash Caps), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • May 4 Peter Sleep, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90), born in Penola, Australia
  • May 7 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 8 Deana Deardruff, American 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestBill Cowher

May 8 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • May 9 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • May 10 Phil Mahre, alpine slalom skier (Olympic gold/silver-80, 84), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 10 Steve Mahre, twin alpine slalom skier (Olympic silver 1980, 84), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 12 Lou Whitaker, American MLB 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 1978 AL Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 16 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American marathoner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • May 17 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983; Atlanta Braves), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic (d. 2012)
  • May 19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • May 21 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)
  • May 27 Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1976)
  • May 27 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in London, England
  • May 28 Kirk Gibson, Mich, outfield (Tigers, Dodgers, 1988 NL MVP)
  • May 28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach, born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • May 31 Jim Craig, American hockey goaltender (Olympic gold 1980), born in North Easton, Massachusetts
  • Jun 3 Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player, born in Plau am See, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Jun 4 Tony Peña, Dominican baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 7 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
  • Jun 8 Don Robinson, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Elly van Holly, running star (3k indoor world record)
  • Jun 12 Javed Miandad, Pakistani cricket captain (124 Tests, 8,832 runs), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jun 15 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder
  • Jun 16 Adri van Tiggelen, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/PSV)
  • Jun 21 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 22 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • Jun 23 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)

  • Jun 28 Mike Skinner, American racecar driver, born in Susanville, California
  • Jun 30 Sterling Marlin, American race car driver (NASCAR), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • Jul 1 Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (NHL NJ Devils), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 1 Sean O'Driscoll, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (Rep Ireland 3 caps, Bournemouth FC), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Jul 3 Danny Heep, American MLB outfielder, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jul 5 David Pinkney, British Touring car racer, born in Bridlington, England
  • Jul 5 Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 6 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • Jul 6 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 8 Clyde Butts, Guyanan cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • Jul 14 Peter Webb, NZ cricketer (batsman against West Indies 1980)
  • Jul 16 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)

Person of interestNick Faldo

Jul 18 Nick Faldo, English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Jul 22 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jul 23 Larry Stefanki, American tennis star, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Bogdan Musioł, German bobsledder (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Świętochłowice, Silesia, Poland
  • Jul 26 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestWayne Grady

Jul 26 Wayne Grady, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
  • Jul 29 Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • Jul 30 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 30 Bill Cartwright, American basketball center, coach (3-time NBA champion, Chicago Bulls), born in Lodi, California
  • Jul 30 Clint Hurdle, American baseball player and manager, born in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Jul 31 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 31 Leon Durham, American baseball 1st baseman, outfielder (Chicago Cubs; MLB All Star 1982-83, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 1 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), born in Drumheller, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • Aug 2 Stephen Kelly Petterson, New Zealand mallbore rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 4 John Wark, Scottish footballer
  • Aug 6 Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • Aug 7 Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • Aug 14 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler, born in Highland Park, Texas (d. 1986)

  • Aug 17 Robin Cousins, British figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol, England
  • Aug 19 Paul-Jan Bakker, cricketer (Hampshire & Netherlands pace bowler)
  • Aug 19 Ian Gould, England cricketer
  • Aug 20 Cindy Nicholas, Canadian swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 20 Mike Dodd, American beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Aug 20 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • Aug 22 Randy Romero, American Hall of Fame jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89), born in Erath, Louisiana
  • Aug 22 Steve Davis, English professional snooker player, born in Plumstead, London
  • Aug 23 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician, born in Volos, Greece
  • Aug 25 Sikander Bakht,Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani change bowler late 70's), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Aug 26 Alex Trevino, catcher (LA Dodgers)

Person of interestRick Hansen

Aug 26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen

Person of interestBernhard Langer

Aug 27 Bernhard Langer, German golfer (US Masters 1985, 93; 42 European Tour titles), born in Anhausen, Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Aug 29 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Aug 31 Tom Candiotti, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Aug 31 Colm O'Rourke, Former Gaelic footballer and Current panelist
  • Sep 1 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach (Barcelona, Panathinaikos), born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
  • Sep 2 Tony Alva, American skateboarder
  • Sep 5 Peter Winnen, Dutch bicycle road athlete, born in Ysselsteyn German war cemetery, Netherlands
  • Sep 6 Gwyn Evans, Welsh rugby player, born in Maesteg, Wales
  • Sep 11 Jeff Sluman, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1988; 6 PGA Tour titles), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 13 Mark Wiebe, American golfer (British Senior Open 2013), born in Seaside, Oregon
  • Sep 14 Jerry Don Gleaton, American baseball player, born in Brownwood, Texas
  • Sep 14 Tim Wallach, American MLB player (Montreal Expos 1980-1992), born in Huntington Park, California
  • Sep 14 Kepler Wessels, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
  • Sep 15 Fulton Allem, South African golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • Sep 16 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • Sep 16 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 20 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Sep 21 Lynette Love, US tai kwan do champ 1987/(Olympics 1988)

  • Sep 22 Mark Johnson, NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980, Pitts, NJ), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 22 Phil Blackmar, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 22 Giuseppe Saronni, Italian cyclist
  • Sep 23 Tony Fossas, Cuba, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Sep 27 Bill Athey, cricketer (England batsman in 23 Tests 1980-88)
  • Sep 27 Richard Vagg, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 29 Chris Broad, cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89)
  • Sep 29 Tim Flannery, DJ/MLB player (San Diego Padres)
  • Oct 2 John Cook, American golfer (British Open, PGA C'ship 1992 runner-up; 11 PGA Tour titles), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Gordie Roberts, American NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1991-92, Pittsburgh Penguins; first American to 1000 NHL games), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 2 Wade Dooley, English rugby union lock (57 caps; 2 caps British Lions), born in Warrington, Cheshire
  • Oct 5 Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris' sister
  • Oct 5 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • Oct 7 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham, England
  • Oct 8 Doug Cox, Canadian 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • Oct 8 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer (Juventus, Italian national team 1982 FIFA Champion), born in Cremona, Italy
  • Oct 9 Don Garber, American sports commissioner, born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 20 Chris Cowdrey, English cricketer (captain of England 1988) and son of Colin, born in Farnborough, London
  • Oct 24 Ron Gardenhire, German-American baseball manager, born in Butzbach, Hessen, West Germany
  • Oct 26 Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 27 Glenn Hoddle, English soccer ball player (Tottenham), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England
  • Nov 1 Murray Pierce, New Zealand rugby union lock (26 caps; Wellington RFU), born in Timaru, Canterbury
  • Nov 3 Steve Johnson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1988; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Nov 4 Aleksandr Tkachev, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold team, parallel bars 1980), born in Semiluki, Voronezh Oblast
  • Nov 7 Jonathan Palmer, British businessman and Formula One racer, born in Lewisham, London
  • Nov 7 Kathy McMillan, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Raeford, North Carolina
  • Nov 8 Yohan Gunasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Nov 8 Alan Curbishley, English football manager (Charlton Athletic), born in Forest Gate, Essex, England
  • Nov 10 Jodi Anderson, American long jump champ (1978-81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Gail Castro, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California

  • Nov 19 George Leary, Newmarket Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96)
  • Nov 19 Otis J Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants, 1990 Super Bowl MVP)
  • Nov 20 Mike Craven, former English professional footballer
  • Nov 25 Chico Walker, baseball player
  • Nov 27 Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • Dec 4 Lee Smith, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • Dec 4 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Brazilian Indy-car racer (CART), born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Dec 5 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • Dec 5 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Dec 7 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dec 7 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • Dec 15 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Dec 19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Dec 21 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dec 25 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • Dec 27 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • Dec 28 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer

About 1957

How Old? 61 or 62 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Jan 1 - Jan 30), Rooster (Jan 31 - Dec 31)