Birthdays in Sport on May 1

  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, NFL hall of famer (Braves, Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Penn, NFL hall of fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia)
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Danish 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1927 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • 1929 Sonny Ramadhin, cricket spin bowler (great WI)
  • 1930 Ollie Matson, NFL halfback (Cardinals, Rams, Lions, Eagles)
  • 1946 Valentin Muratov, USSR, floor exercise gymnist (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1947 Ghulam Abbas, cricketer (scored 12 & 0 in only Test for Pakistan 1967)
  • 1949 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1950 Marina Stepanova, Russian hurdler (world record 1986)
  • 1950 Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer
  • 1951 Gordon Greenidge, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1974-91)
  • 1953 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • 1954 Taslim Arif, cricketer (Pakistani keeper/batsman, 210 v Aust 1980)
  • 1955 Julien Wiener, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 1979-80)
  • 1957 Rick Darling, cricketer (accident-prone/dashing Aussie opener 1978-79)
  • 1959 Eddie Johnson, NBA guard/forward (Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers)
  • 1960 Albert McDonald, Dartmouth NS, US canoe (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1961 Charlie O'Brien, catcher (Brewers, Mets, Braves, Blue Jays), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Steven Cauthen, jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby-Affirmed)
  • 1962 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, volleyballer (Olympic silver 84, br-92, 96), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1962 Reggie Pleasant, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1963 Robert Seguso, tennis star, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Carlos Aalbers, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • 1965 Jon Warren, 1.5k runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966 Armando Reynoso, San Luis Potosi Mexico, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1966 Mark Coogan, Manhaset NY, marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Olaf Thon, German football player
  • 1967 Bill Schultz, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Den Broncos, Scot Claymores)
  • 1967 Marvcus Patton, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Yael Arad, Israel, Women's half middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Anton Scheutjens, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Lisa Campbell, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
  • 1969 Billy Owens, NBA forward/guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1969 Bryan Marchment, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1970 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 Allen DeGraffenreid, WLAF wide receiver (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1970 Alundis Brice, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1971 Ethan Albright, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Renee Poetschka, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1971 Stuart Appleby, Australia PGA golfer, born in Cohuna, Australia
  • 1972 Bobby Chouinard, Manilla Phillipines, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Curtis Martin, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1973 Frank Beede, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Oliver Neuville, German footballer
  • 1974 Keri Phebus, Laguna Beach California, tennis star
  • 1974 Matthew Hatchette, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Austin Croshere, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1975 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1975 Alexei Smertin, Russian footballer
  • 1977 Anna Louise Wilson, Dunedin NZ, 100m breast stroke (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer
  • 1979 Jennifer Botterill, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1979 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • 1980 Jan Heylen, Belgian racing driver
  • 1981 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian footballer
  • 1981 Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian Footballer
  • 1981 Wes Welker, American football player
  • 1982 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player
  • 1984 Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
  • 1986 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1986 Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • 1987 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • 1987 Leonardo Bonucci, Italian footballer (Juventus and Italy), born in Viterbo, Italy
  • 1988 Graeme Owens, English footballer