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Birthdays in Sport in 1961

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 280

  • Jan 1 Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Jan 5 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, American NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Jan 8 Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jan 8 Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • Jan 11 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 12 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • 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, Canadian NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 18 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92), born in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
  • 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 & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Feb 6 Bill Lester, American racing driver, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 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 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, American WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991), born in Gardena, California

  • Feb 22 Mike Morris, American NFL center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • Feb 24 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 25 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), born in Hollywood, Florida (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 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1983, Nebraska; Houston Oilers), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 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, American boxer (WBA lightweight champion), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 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 Baker-Guadagnino, American golfer (US Open 1985), 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 Jim Gallagher Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1992 runner-up), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Mark Brooks, American golfer (PGA Championship 1996), 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, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 1 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 2 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch football player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Canadian MLB pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • Apr 15 Tiina Lillak, Finnish javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 17 Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • Apr 17 Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • Apr 19 Richard Phelps, British pentathelete (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Gloucester, England
  • Apr 20 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 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 Al Lawrence, Jamaican 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Jamaica
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, American golfer (Solheim Cup 1990), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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 16 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 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 Pate, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles, US Open 1988, US Masters 1990 3rd), born in Ventura, California
  • May 27 Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976, 84, 88)
  • May 27 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • Jun 1 John Huston, American golfer (US Masters 1990 3rd, 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • 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 5 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 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, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Downey, California
  • Jun 12 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 14 Grace Jackson, Jamaican 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jun 14 Sam Perkins, American NBA forward and center (Seattle Supersonics), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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, German speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 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 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, American beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Person of interestCarl Lewis

Jul 1 Carl Lewis, American sprinter and 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, American 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Aug 1 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Aug 1 Brad Faxon Jr, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), 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, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons), born in Colbert County, Alabama
  • 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, United Kingdom (d. 2016)
  • Aug 7 Yelena Davydova, Russian Canadian gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Voronezh, Soviet Union
  • 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 (European Championships gold 1982, 92), born in Hazerswoude, Netherlands
  • Aug 13 Neil Mallender, English cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992), born in Kirk Sandall, Yorkshire
  • Aug 14 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • Aug 21 Danny Sheaffer, American MLB catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 21 Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming

  • Aug 21 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
  • Aug 22 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Aug 26 Jeff Parrett,pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 2 Jeff Russell, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Cincinnatti, Ohio
  • Sep 2 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer, born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Sep 4 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer, born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sep 9 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)

Person of interestDan Marino

Sep 15 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 16 Mark Parent, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Ashland, Oregon
  • Sep 20 Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • Sep 22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Sep 22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder (6 x NL stolen base leader), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 23 Phyllis Hines, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • Sep 25 Tim Zoehrer, Australian cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie), born in Armadale, Australia
  • Sep 28 Anne White, American tennis player (famously wares spandex Wimbledon 1985), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Sep 28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 28 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100m hurdler (world record)
  • Sep 30 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)

About 1961

How Old? 57 or 58 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 14), Ox (Feb 15 - Dec 31)