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Birthdays in Sport in October 1961

  • Oct 1 Corrie van Zyl, South African cricket all-rounder, coach, administrator (RSA coach 2010-11), born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
  • Oct 4 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Oct 6 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Oct 7 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Oct 9 Arlene Boxall, Zimbabwean field hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Oct 9 Trevor Matich, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 9 Julian Bailey, British racing driver, born in Woolwich, London
  • Oct 10 Brian Lee Diemer, American steeplechase athlete (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Oct 10 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner, born in Copenhagen
  • Oct 11 Steve Young, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1988-89, 94 [MVP]; Pro Bowl 1992–98; NFL passing TD leader 1992–94, 98; SF 49ers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 13 Derek Harper, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Elberton, Georgia
  • Oct 16 Billy Taylor, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Monticello, Florida
  • Oct 16 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Oct 16 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 18 Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)

  • Oct 18 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • Oct 19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • Oct 20 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 22 Barbara Potter, American tennis player (6 WTA singles titles, 19 doubles), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Oct 22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 22 Leonard Marshall, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • Oct 22 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • Oct 23 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 24 Rafael Belliard, MLB infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 29 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • Oct 29 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 30 Hans Segers, Dutch soccer goalkeeper and coach (Wimbledon), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Oct 30 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • Oct 31 Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic gold 1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 31 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 31 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Toronto, Ontario

About October 1961

How Old? 58 or 59 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Signs: Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22), Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)