Birthdays in Sport in 1959

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Kirti Azad, cricketer (Indian off-spin all-rounder in 7 Tests 1981-83)

Person of interestKapil Dev

Jan 6 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982), born in Chandigarh, Punjab

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Mike Harwood, Australian golfer (British Open 1991 runner-up), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 9 Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Evergreen, North Carolina
  • Jan 9 Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • Jan 10 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 11 Brett Bodine, auto racer
  • Jan 14 Paul Terry, English cricketer (in Germany Two Tests England v WI 1984), born in Osnabrück, Germany
  • Jan 20 Lea Antonoplis, American tennis player, born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 21 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • Jan 27 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • Jan 31 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver, born in Scarborough, Maine
  • Feb 1 Mike Horan, American NFL punter (NY Giants), born in Orange, California
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback, coach (Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)

Person of interestLawrence Taylor

Feb 4 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player who is considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Person of interestJohn McEnroe

Feb 16 John McEnroe, American tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 / Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Feb 16 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 17 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Feb 17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star

Person of interestRoger Goodell

Feb 19 Roger Goodell, American NFL Commissioner, born in Jamestown, New York

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Mar 3 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Mar 7 Tom Lehman, American golfer (British Open 1996; Senior PGA C'ship 2010, Tradition 2011-12), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Mar 13 Dirk Wellham, Australian cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut), born in Marrickville, Sydney
  • Mar 15 Eliot Teltscher, California, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • Mar 15 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)

  • Mar 17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 17 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mar 20 Dale Reid, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • Mar 24 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • Mar 28 Petra Delhees, Swiss tennis star, born in Aarau, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan (d. 2011)
  • Apr 2 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996), born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 2 Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 2 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • Apr 2 Ken Macleay, English-born Australian cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • Apr 2 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager, born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • Apr 2 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver, born in Laukaa, Finland
  • Apr 8 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • Apr 8 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Kevin Lowe, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Lachute, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 16 Anne Kursinski, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 1 Roger Chapman, English golfer (PGA Seniors 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • May 4 Bob Tway, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1986), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 8 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • May 9 Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)
  • May 9 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • May 10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • May 12 Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic gold 1980)
  • May 13 Robert Earnshaw, racehorse trainer
  • May 14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • May 16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 18 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • May 23 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • May 26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British race car driver and F1 television commentator
  • Jun 2 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 3 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • Jun 4 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 12 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jun 12 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Jun 21 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • Jun 24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • Jun 25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland
  • Jun 30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Jul 1 Anne Smith, American tennis player (10 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 2 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jul 2 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • Jul 3 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgaria, horizontal bar gymnast (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 5 Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • Jul 6 Tahir Naqqash, cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85)
  • Jul 12 Judi Adams, archer (Olympics 1980, 96), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 14 Rodney Rash, horse trainer
  • Jul 16 Gerd Wessig, East German high jumper (1st male to set high jump world record at Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow), born in Lübz, Germany
  • Jul 16 Gary Anderson, NFL placekicker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Parys, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • Jul 21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Jul 27 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • Jul 30 Petra Felke, German javelin thrower (world record 1988), born in Saalfeld, East Germany
  • Jul 31 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Aug 13 Bruce French, cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88)
  • Aug 13 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player

Person of interestMagic Johnson

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

  • Aug 14 Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Aug 16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • Aug 19 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Aug 20 Richard DeStasio, horse trainer
  • Aug 21 Anne Hobbs, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • Aug 24 Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90)
  • Aug 27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • Aug 29 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist
  • Sep 5 Tom Pernice Jr, American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 11 David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 12 Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota

Person of interestTim Raines

Sep 16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Sep 17 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 18 Ian Arkwright, English footballer
  • Sep 20 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricketer (big-hitting Zimbabwe batsman-1992 World Cup), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Sep 26 Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 28 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 28 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • Sep 30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach

Person of interestFred Couples

Oct 3 Fred Couples, American golfer (US Masters 1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English billiards champion (snookers)
  • Oct 6 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 6 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Oct 8 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • Oct 8 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • Oct 9 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 11 Michiel Schapers, Dutch tennis star, born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Oct 21 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)

  • Oct 29 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

Oct 29 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 31 Ann Henricksson, tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 7 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach
  • Nov 7 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football manager
  • Nov 8 Simon Davis, Victorian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts)
  • Nov 9 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sports reporter
  • Nov 13 Anne Manning, Australian walker (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 13 Rosie Jones, American golfer (13 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Nov 16 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 16 Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • Nov 17 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • Nov 21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 21 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Nov 22 Frank McAvennie, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 22 Fabio Parra, Colombian cyclist
  • Nov 23 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • Nov 26 Mike Moore, baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • Nov 29 Neal Broten, Roseau Canada, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • Nov 29 Rich Camarillo, NFL punter (Houston Oilers)

Person of interestSylvia Hanika

Nov 30 Sylvia Hanika, German tennis player (WTA Tour Championship 1982), born in Munich, West Germany

Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika
  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 2 Greg Barton, kayaker (Olympics 2 gold-88)
  • Dec 3 Kathy Jordan, Bryn Mawr PA, tennis player (US Opens Doubles 1981)
  • Dec 4 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer (Aston Villa, Sheffield United), born in Ealing, England
  • Dec 5 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 7 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • Dec 10 Mark Aguirre, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 12 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • Dec 14 Jorge Vaca, Mexican professional boxer, born in Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
  • Dec 15 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • Dec 15 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • Dec 17 Tammie Green, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1989), born in Somerset Ohio
  • Dec 19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • Dec 19 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Polkton, North Carolina
  • Dec 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 22 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • Dec 24 Keith Deller, British darts player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Dec 26 Lesley Tomlinson, English cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Derbyshire, England
  • Dec 27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 28 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)

About 1959

How Old? 59 or 60 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Feb 7), Pig (Feb 8 - Dec 31)