Birthdays in Sport in 1961

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 312

  • Jan 1 Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Jan 5 Curt Bader, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
  • Jan 8 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • Jan 8 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • Jan 11 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 12 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • Jan 13 Kelly Hrudey, Edmonton, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • Jan 13 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 17 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ

Person of interestMark Messier

Jan 18 Mark Messier, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 18 Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Barb Thomas Whitehead, Sibley IA, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian Open)
  • Jan 23 Trey Junkin, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 24 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete

Person of interestWayne Gretzky

Jan 26 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers), born in Brantford, Ontario

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 27 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Olympic 9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 29 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • Jan 30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
  • Feb 1 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 2 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • Feb 3 Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • Feb 4 Denis Savard, Canadian NHL centre (Chicago Blackhawks) named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players' in history, born in Pointe Gatineau, Canada
  • Feb 5 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
  • Feb 6 Bill Lester, American racecar driver
  • Feb 9 John Kruk, American baseball 1st baseman (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 10 David Ward, British cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Feb 10 Eva Pfaff, German tennis player, born in Königstein im Taunus, Germany
  • Feb 11 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • Feb 12 Chris Heyne, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Munich, Germany
  • Feb 13 Kyi Hla Han, Burmese golfer, born in Yangon, Burma
  • Feb 17 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 17 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 18 Alycia Moulton, tennis star, born in Sacramento, California
  • Feb 19 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • Feb 20 Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1984)
  • Feb 21 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • Feb 21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Feb 22 Marla O'Hara, Gardena Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991)
  • Feb 22 Mike Morris, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Janice Gibson, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown-Warren-15th), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 24 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 25 Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • Feb 25 Todd Blackledge, American football player

Person of interestJames Worthy

Feb 27 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • Feb 28 Barry McGuigan, British(?) boxer
  • Feb 28 Wayne Smith, Albany WA, Australian golfer
  • Feb 28 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Mar 3 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver

  • Mar 4 David "Tinker" Juarez, American BMX and cross-country mountain bike racer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxer (killed a boxer in the ring)
  • Mar 4 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • Mar 4 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • Mar 5 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 8 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnast (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • Mar 10 Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
  • Mar 13 Cor Lems, Dutch soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90), born in Rotterdam, Netherlansds
  • Mar 14 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • Mar 15 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 16 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 18 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • Mar 18 Kevan James, English cricket all-rounder (4 wickets/4 balls + 103 Hampshire v India 1996), born in Lambeth, England
  • Mar 19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • Mar 20 Kathy Guadagnino, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women's Open), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 20 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 21 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Beijing, China
  • Mar 21 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • Mar 24 Dean Jones, Australian former-cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92), born in Coburg, Victoria, Australia
  • Mar 24 James T Gallagher Jr, PGA golfer (1990 Greater Milw), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Mark David Brooks, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 27 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • Mar 27 Tony Rominger, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Vejle, Denmark
  • Mar 28 Byron Scott, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 29 Mike Kingery, American baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. James, Minnesota
  • Mar 29 Gary Brabham, Australian auto racer, (British Formula 3000 C'ship 1989), born in London, England
  • Mar 30 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 1 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 2 Cindy Mackey, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 2 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch football player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing Ont, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • Apr 15 Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Apr 17 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 17 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • Apr 18 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • Apr 18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • Apr 20 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Apr 20 Marci Bozarth, American LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th), born in Lampasas, Texas
  • Apr 22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • Apr 22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Apr 26 Matt Cole, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast), born in Stratford, Ontario
  • Apr 26 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, Ft Wayne IN, LPGA golfer (1990 Lady Keystone Open)

Person of interestIsiah Thomas

Apr 30 Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • May 1 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 1 Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (1978 Triple Crown-Affirmed, The Derby 1985, 1987), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • May 2 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, born in Newcastle, NSW (d. 2017)
  • May 3 Steve McClaren, English football manager, born in Fulford, York, England
  • May 4 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • May 4 Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist, born in Fusagasugá, Colombia
  • May 8 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • May 9 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • May 10 Blyth Tait, England, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 10 Randy Cunneyworth, Etobicoke, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • May 12 Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player

Person of interestDennis Rodman

May 13 Dennis Rodman, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • May 14 Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • May 15 Anne Kelly, LPGA golfer
  • May 16 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • May 20 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • May 20 Sally Quinlan, LPGA golfer
  • May 20 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • May 23 Dave Babych, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • May 23 Kevin Romine, baseball player
  • May 26 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • May 27 Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976, 84, 88)
  • May 27 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • May 29 Todd Boonstra, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 1 Johnny Ray Huston, Mt Vernon IL, PGA golfer (1990 Honda Classic)
  • Jun 1 Mark Rodenhauser, NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)

Person of interestPaul Coffey

Jun 1 Paul Coffey, Canadian NHL forward (Oilers, Penguins, Red Wings), born in Weston, Ontario

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Jun 2 Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
  • Jun 3 Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • Jun 3 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 4 Cathy Marino, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 5 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star
  • Jun 6 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Jun 6 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • Jun 8 Kevin Gross, Downey CA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • Jun 12 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 14 Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Jun 14 Sam Perkins, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jun 15 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 16 Robbie Kerr, cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
  • Jun 18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • Jun 20 Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • Jun 20 Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic gold 1980, 84)
  • Jun 21 Karen Barber, ice skater
  • Jun 22 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey
  • Jun 23 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jun 24 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jun 24 Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
  • Jun 24 Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jun 26 Greg LeMond, American professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), born in Lakewood, California
  • Jun 28 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 28 Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jun 30 Karolyn Kirby, US beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94)

Person of interestCarl Lewis

Jul 1 Carl Lewis, American sprinter/long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 1 Malcolm Elliott, British road cyclist (Tour of Britain 1988), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 2 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 4 Connie Paraskevin-Young, American sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 6 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, Virg, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Jul 12 Bruce Braman, Greene NY, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 13 Anders Jarryd, Lidkoping Sweden, tennis star
  • Jul 13 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager

Person of interestForest Whitaker

Jul 15 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • Jul 19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • Jul 21 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 21 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 22 Calvin Fish, English racing driver
  • Jul 23 Antoine Carr, American NBA forward and center (Utah Jazz), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 24 Kerry Dixon, English footballer
  • Jul 26 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 26 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jul 28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jul 30 Reggie Roby, American NFL punter (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Jul 31 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jul 31 Susan Sanders, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 1 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Aug 1 Bradford John Faxon Jr., American PGA golfer (1986 Provident), born in Oceanport, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax), born in Vlissingen, Netherlands
  • Aug 1 Mike Watkinson, English cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire
  • Aug 2 Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 3 Ken Wark, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Aug 5 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • Aug 6 Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 6 Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
  • Aug 7 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), born in Oxford (d. 2016)
  • Aug 7 Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Aug 8 Bruce Matthews, NFL guard/center (Houston Oilers)
  • Aug 9 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 11 Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Aug 12 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • Aug 13 Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star
  • Aug 13 Neil Mallender, cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 14 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Aug 15 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 15 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • Aug 16 Christian Okoye, American football player
  • Aug 17 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Aug 19 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)