Birthdays in Sport on May 1

  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • 1898 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, born in New York, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1913 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1914 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder and actor (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1927 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests 1952-59), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Sonny Ramadhin, West Indian cricket leg spin bowler (43 Tests), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad
  • 1930 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (All Blacks 20 caps), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1937 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1939 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • 1950 Marina Stepanova, Russian 400m hurdler (3-time world record holder), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1950 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (Celtic, 62 Scotland caps), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies cricket opening batsman (19 Test centuries 1974-91), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • 1953 Elquemedo Willett, West Indies cricket spin bowler (5 Tests 1973-74), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • 1954 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper (210no v Aust 1980), born in Karachi, Sindh (d. 2008)
  • 1955 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket opening batsman (6 Tests 1979-80), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1957 Rick Darling, Australian cricket opening batsman (14 Tests 1978-79), born in Walkerie, South Australia
  • 1959 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Roger Chapman, English golfer (PGA Seniors 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • 1961 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (1978 Triple Crown-Affirmed, The Derby 1985, 1987), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1962 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (2-time Super Bowl champion with Washington Redskins), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, American volleyballer (Silver medal 1984, Bronze 1992 Olympics), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1963 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x doubles major titles, gold medal doubles 1988 Olympics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater (3 gold medals 1988 Olympics), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1966 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1966 Olaf Thon, German soccer central midfielder (Germany 52 caps), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1967 Yael Arad, Israeli middleweight judoka (first Israeli to win an Olympic medal - silver 1996), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1968 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1970 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback and coach (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (silver medal 1992 Olympics, gold 1999 Champions Trophy), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1971 Ethan Albright, NFL long snapper (Pro Bowl 2007), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971 Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (9 PGA Tour titles), born in Cohuna, Australia
  • 1972 Bobby Chouinard, baseball pitcher (first Filipino to play MLB), born in Manilla, Phillipines
  • 1973 Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (5 x Pro Bowls, NE Patriots, NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Oliver Neuville, German soccer striker (Germany 69 caps), born in Locarno, Switzerland
  • 1974 Jennifer Rizzotti, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard/coach, born in White Plains, New York
  • 1975 Austin Croshere, American basketball forward (Fox Sports Indiana Pacers analyst), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), born in Yaounde, Cameroon (d. 2003)
  • 1975 Alexei Smertin, Russian soccer midfielder/executive (Russia 55 caps), born in Barnaul, Russia
  • 1979 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (gold medal 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1979 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps), born in Padova, Italy
  • 1980 Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker (gold medal 50k walk World Champs 2017), born in Santarém, Portugal
  • 1981 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian soccer winger (VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1981 Wes Welker, American NFL wide receiver/coach (5 x Pro Bowls), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player (12 ATP titles), born in Hostalric, Spain
  • 1982 Darijo Srna, Croatian soccer defender (Croatia 134 caps), born in Metković, Croatia
  • 1983 Alain Bernard, French swimmer (100m freestyle gold 2008 Olympics), born in Aubagne, France
  • 1984 Mišo Brečko, Slovenian soccer defender (Slovenia 77 caps), born in Trbovlje, Slovenia
  • 1984 David Backes, American NHL center (Boston Bruins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1986 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (Ecuador 58 caps), born in Quito, Ecuador (d. 2013)
  • 1987 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player (5 WTA singles titles), born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1987 Leonardo Bonucci, Italian soccer centre-back (Juventus / Italy), born in Viterbo, Italy
  • 1987 Ryan Matthews, American NFL running back (2011 Pro Bowl), born in Riverside, California
  • 1988 Teodor Peterson, Swedish cross-country skier (silver, bronze medals 2014 Olympics), born in Umeå, Sweden
  • 1991 Marcus Stroman, American MLB pitcher (Gold Glove 2017), born in Medford, New York
  • 1992 Matĕj Vydra, Czech Republic soccer striker (Derby County), born in Chotĕboř, Czech Republic