Birthdays in Sport on March 1

  • 1837 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1868)
  • 1855 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), born in Virginia (d. 1935)
  • 1880 Julian Myrick, promoter of junior tennis
  • 1883 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • 1888 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), born in Ratby, Leicestershire (d. 1948)
  • 1911 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster, author (3-time British champion), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Duncan White, Ceylonese hurdler (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), born in Lathpandura, Sri Lanka (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945), born in Lunsford, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946), born in Delisle, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1926 Pete Rozelle, American NFL commissioner (1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (4-times Stanley Cup winner), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Coimbatarao Gopinath, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests, HS 50), born in Madras, India
  • 1930 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (winner Giro d'Italia 1957, Tour de France 1960), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1940 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)

  • 1943 Benjamin W Jipcho, Mt Elgon Kenya, 3K steeplechase (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1943 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast (6 Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1943 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • 1946 Jan Kodeš, Czech tennis player (French Open 1970-71, Wimbledon 1973), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1950 Shahid Israr, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (in one Test v NZ 1976)
  • 1952 Dave Barr, Canadian golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1952 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1953 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • 1956 Balwinder Singh Sandhu, cricketer (Sikh pace bowler 1983 World Cup)
  • 1956 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958 Wayne B Phillips, cricket wicket-keeper (Australia)
  • 1961 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • 1962 Mark Gardner, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1963 Arnold Oosterveer, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1963 Barb[ara] Marois, Auburn Mass, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Magnus Svensson, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963 Ron Francis, Sault Ste Marie, NHL center (Pitts Penguins, Team Canada)
  • 1963 Tony Castillo, Lara Venezuela, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1964 Paul Le Guen, French football manager
  • 1965 Les Miller, defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1965 Stewart Elliott, American jockey (2004 Kentucky Derby & Preakness on Smarty Jones), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1967 Aron Winter, Surnamese/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Lazio)

  • 1967 Yelena Afanasyeva, Russian athlete
  • 1968 Salil Ankola, cricketer (Indian pace bowler one Test 1989)
  • 1968 Sanjeeva Weerasinghe, cricketer (Test for Sri Lanka v India at 17)
  • 1969 Azam Khan, cricketer (Pakistan ODI batsman 1996)
  • 1969 Doug Creek, Winchester VA, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Esposito, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Ray Crittenden, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Stuart Thompson, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Andre Karnebeek, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Austin Robbins, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Shepherd Clark, figure skater (1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1971 Tim Prinsen, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead Mass, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Zahoor Elahi, cricketer (Pakistan opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • 1972 Omar Daal, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1972 Profail Grier, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Chris Webber, American NBA forward (Washington Bullets, Wizards), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Stephen Davis, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Maringo Vlijter, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1977 Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
  • 1980 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings), born in Khyber, Pakistan
  • 1980 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • 1980 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1981 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1981 Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 Daniel Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Hackett, English footballer
  • 1983 Blake Hawksworth, Canadian baseball player
  • 1984 Alexander Steen, Canadian-born Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1985 Andreas Ottl, German footballer
  • 1985 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • 1986 Jonathan Spector, American soccer player
  • 1989 Carlos Vela, Mexican footballer
  • 1990 Nikolas Tsattalios, Australian soccer player
  • 1990 Ben Tozer, English footballer