1972 in sports

1972 in sports

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:"For an extensive coverage see 1972 in athletics (track and field)"


* September 10flagicon|GER Olympic Marathon, Munich, West Germany
**Men's Winner: Frank Shorter (USA) 2:12:19.8

* December 3flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Frank Shorter (USA) 2:10:30

=Auto Racing=

*Stock car racing:
**February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500
**NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty
*Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue
*USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship
*Formula 5000 - Gijs van Lennep of The Netherlands
*Formula One Championship - Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
*24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Henri Pescarolo / Graham Hill won, driving a Matra MS670
*Rally racing - Sandro Munari / Mario Manucci won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Lancia Fulvia 1.6HF
*Drag racing - Don Moody won "Top Fuel" at the NHRA Supernationals


*1972 in baseball
*January 19: The BBWAA elects Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yogi Berra (339), and Early Wynn (301) to the Hall of Fame. Koufax makes it in his first try and, at 36, is the youngest honoree in history. He won three Cy Young awards in a four-year span when the honor was only given to one pitcher for both leagues. Berra played in 14 World Series (ten world champions), he had more hits in Series play than any other player, and he was a three-time MVP for the Yankees. Wynn won 300 career games, and won 20 games five times. *September 30: Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit against the New York Mets.
*Sparky Lyle saves 35 games for the New York Yankees, breaking Ron Perranoski's 1970 records for AL pitchers and left-handers. Lyle also becomes the first left-hander to save 100 career games in the American League.
*World Series: Oakland Athletics win their 6th World Championship by defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 3.
*December 31 - The Pittsburgh Pirates' legendary right fielder Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash near Puerto Rico on his way to bring relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.


*NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship:
**UCLA wins 81-76 over Florida St.

*NBA Finals:
**Los Angeles Lakers won 4 games to 1 over the New York Knicks

*1972 ABA Finals:
**Indiana Pacers defeat New York Nets 4 games to 2


*June 26 - Roberto Duran stopped Ken Buchanan in the thirteenth round to win the WBA Lightweight Championship.yo was up


*Giro d'Italia won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
*Tour de France - Eddy Merckx of Belgium
*World Cycling Championship: Marino Basso of Italy

Field Hockey

* Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Munich, West Germany
** Gold Medal: West Germany
** Silver Medal: Pakistan
** Bronze Medal: India

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships:
**Men's champion: Ondrej Nepela, Czechoslovakia
**Ladies' champion: Beatrix Schuba, Austria
**Pair skating champions: Irina Rodnina & Alexei Ulyanov, Soviet Union
**Ice dancing champions: Lyudmila Pakhomova & Alexandr Gorshkov, Soviet Union

=Football (American)=

*January 16-Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys won 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins

*1971 NCAA Division I-A national football championship: The Nebraska Cornhuskers win 38-6 over the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to claim back-to-back National Championship titles on January 1, 1972.

Football (Australian rules football)

* Victorian Football League
** Carlton wins the 76th VFL Premiership (Carlton 28.9 (177) d Richmond 22.18 (150))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Len Thompsom (Collingwood)

=Football (Canadian)=

* Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats won 13-10 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders
* Vanier Cup: Alberta Golden Bears won 20-7 over the Waterloo Golden Hawks

Football (Soccer)

::"For an extensive coverage see 1972 in football (soccer)"
*Brazil: Palmeiras wins the Campeonato Brasileiro
*England - FA Cup: Leeds United won 1-0 over Arsenal
*Europe - Cup Winners' Cup: Rangers FC won 3-2 over Dinamo Moscow
*West Germany beat the Soviet Union 3-0 to win the European Championship.


Men's professional
*April 6-9 - Masters Tournament - Jack Nicklaus
*June 15-18 - U.S. Open - Jack Nicklaus
*July 12-15 - British Open - Lee Trevino
*August 3-6 - PGA Championship - Gary Player
*PGA Tour money leader - Jack Nicklaus - $320,542
*The European Tour begins its first season of competition.Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Trevor Homer
*U.S. Amateur - Vinny GilesWomen's professional
*LPGA Championship - Kathy Ahern
*U.S. Women's Open - Susie Berning
*Titleholders Championship - Sandra Palmer
*LPGA Tour money leader - Kathy Whitworth - $65,063

=Thoroughbred Horse Racing=

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Piping Lane
*Canada - Queen's Plate - Victoria Song
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - San San
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Steel Pulse

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - High Top
*#Epsom Derby - Roberto
*#St. Leger Stakes - Boucher

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 6 - Kentucky Derby - Riva Ridge
*#Preakness Stakes - Bee Bee Bee
*#Belmont Stakes - Riva Ridge

=Harness Racing=

*September 21 - Strike Out became the first Canadian owned harness racing horse to ever win the Little Brown Jug.

*United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
*#Cane Pace - Hilarious Way
*#Little Brown Jug - Strike Out
*#Messenger Stakes - Silent Majority

*Super Bowl wins the United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
*#Hambletonian - Super Bowl
*#Yonkers Trot - Super Bowl
*#Kentucky Futurity - Super Bowl

*Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
**Pacers: Welcome Advice

Ice Hockey

*World Hockey Association (WHA) formed to compete with the NHL. This new league signed several of the top NHL stars including Bobby Hull and Derek Sanderson.

*Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins

*Hart Memorial Trophy: for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins

*Stanley Cup - Boston Bruins win 4 games to 2 over the New York Rangers

*September 28 - Paul Henderson scored the "goal of the century" to give Canada the win in the Summit Series, the first ever Canada versus the Soviet Union hockey showdown.

*World Hockey Championship
** Men's champion: Czechoslovakia defeated the Soviet Union
*NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship: Boston University Terriers defeat Cornell University Big Red 4-0 in Boston, MA


*The Long Branch P.C.O.'s win the first Founders Cup.
*The New Westminster­ Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup.
*The Peterborough PCO's win the Minto Cup.


*Alpine Skiing
**The men's overall season champion: Gustav Thöni, Italy
**The women's overall season champion: Annemarie Pröll, Austria


*World Snooker Championship: Alex Higgins beats John Spencer 37-32



*XX Olympic Games, held in Munich, West Germany (August 28September 4)


*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open - Ken Rosewall
*#French Open - Andres Gimeno
*#Wimbledon championships - Stan Smith
*#US Open - Ilie Năstase

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open - Virginia Wade
*#French Open - Billie Jean King
*#Wimbledon championships - Billie Jean King
*#US Open - Billie Jean King (first player in Open Era to repeat as singles champion)

*Davis Cup: United States wins 3-2 over Romania in world tennis.

General sporting events

*1972 Summer Olympics takes place in Munich, Germany
**USSR wins the most medals (99), and the most gold medals (50)

*1972 Winter Olympics takes place in Sapporo, Japan
**USSR wins the most medals (16), and the most gold medals (8)

* Seventh Winter Universiade held in Lake Placid, New York, United States


*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Mark Spitz, Swimming
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Olga Korbut, Gymnastics



*January 1Yermakhan Ibraimov, Kazakhstani boxer
*January 2Paweł Januszewski, Polish hurdler
*January 2Davide Scala, Italian tennis player
*January 3Steph Cook, modern pentathlon athlete
*January 3Song Seung-Tae, South Korean field hockey striker
*January 5Hilma Caldeira, Brazilian volleyball player
*January 6Krisztina Szremkó, Hungarian water polo player
*January 7Erika González, Mexican freestyle swimmer
*January 7Karen MacNeill, Canadian field hockey defender
*January 10Thomas Alsgaard, Norwegian cross-country skier
*January 10Jonathan Ohayon, Canadian archer
*January 11Julia Price, Australian cricketer
*January 11Wenyi Yang, Chinese freestyle and backstroke swimmer
*January 12Sebastian Wiese, German freestyle swimmer
*January 17Inessa Korkmaz, Russian-Azerbaijani volleyball player
*January 19Morrade Hakkar, French middleweight boxer
*January 23Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer and swimming coach
*January 24Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka
*January 25Tanya Hughes, American high jumper
*January 25Katrina Von Sass, Canadian volleyball player
*January 26Denise Klecker, German field hockey player
*January 27Keith Wood, Irish rugby player


*February 1Carlton Bruner, American freestyle swimmer
*February 1Isabel Fernández, Spanish judoka
*February 2Roberto Calcaterra, Italian water polo player
*February 2Sergey Ushkalov, Kazakhstani swimmer
*February 3Mart Poom, Estonian football (soccer) goalkeeper
*February 7Mariano Chao, Argentine field hockey goalkeeper
*February 9Norbert Rózsa, Hungarian breaststroker
*February 15Jaromir Jagr, Czech ice hockey star
*February 16Dirk Dier, German tennis player
*February 17Philippe Candeloro, figure skater
*February 17Lloyd Ball, American volleyball player
*February 17Fredrik Letzler, Swedish freestyle swimmer
*February 17Nurzhan Smanov, Kazakhstani boxer
*February 19Lucy Pearson, English cricketer
*February 20Jan Boven, Dutch road cyclist
*February 20Carlo Sonego, Italian javelin thrower
*February 22Michael Chang, US tennis player
*February 22Florian Kunz, German field hockey defender
*February 22Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
*February 23Masashi Kawakami, Japanese boxer
*February 24Larry Amar, American field hockey midfielder
*February 24Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (d. 2001)
*February 24Dmitry Kalinovsky, Belarusian freestyle swimmer
*February 24Kurt Wubben, Dutch marathon ice speed skater
*February 25Jaak Mae, Estonian cross-country skier
*February 27Jeannette Lewin, Dutch field hockey player
*February 28Tarick Salmaci, American boxer from Lebanese origin


*March 1Andraž Vehovar, Slovenian slalom canoer
*March 3Petr Luxa, Czech tennis player
*March 4Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
*March 5Gabriela Gaja, Mexican butterfly swimmer
*March 5Hernan Gumy, Argentinian tennis player
*March 5Mikael Tillström, Swedish tennis player
*March 6Yoav Bruck, Israeli freestyle swimmer
*March 6Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player
*March 8Tanya Koleva, Bulgarian pole vaulter
*March 9Anna Lawrence, New Zealand field hockey midfielder
*March 9Meagan Warthold, Australian weight lifter
*March 9Zsolt Varga, Hungarian water polo player
*March 11Debra McLeod, Scottish field hockey goalkeeper
*March 13Sherri Field, Canadian field hockey player
*March 14Clover Maitland, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
*March 15Steve Danielson, American field hockey player
*March 15Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis player
*March 16 — Andrew Foster, British tennis player
*March 16Sandor Noszaly, Hungarian tennis player
*March 17Mia Hamm, American soccer player
*March 18Aleksandr Gukov, Belarusian breaststroke swimmer
*March 18Carolyn Reid, British field hockey goalkeeper
*March 20Daniela Hunger, German medley and freestyle swimmer
*March 21St. Aubyn Hines, Jamaican boxer
*March 22Elvis Stojko, figure skating champion
*March 23Victor Manuel Baute, Spanish boxer
*March 23Jonas Björkman, Swedish tennis player
*March 23Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer
*March 25Nina Bonner, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
*March 25Erna Brinkman, Dutch volleyball player
*March 27Simona Richter, Romanian judoka
*March 29Trevor Kidd, Canadian hockey player
*March 29Piet-Hein Geeris, Dutch field hockey player
*March 29Paul Kent, New Zealand breaststroke swimmer
*March 30Sander van Heeswijk, Dutch field hockey player
*March 31Marcela Cuesta, Costa Rican swimmer


*April 2Fabrice Bry, French volleyball player
*April 2Graham Hood, Canadian middle-distance runner
*April 3Đula Mešter, Serbian volleyball player
*April 3Sandrine Testud, French tennis player
*April 4Daniel Mameri, Brazilian water polo player
*April 8Katrina Powell, Australian field hockey player
*April 10Srđan Muškatirović, Serbian tennis player
*April 11Brandon Coupe, US tennis player
*April 11Annemette Jensen, Danish athlete
*April 12Julien Lorcy, French boxer
*April 13Lee Jin-Taek, South Korean high jumper
*April 14Yamilé Aldama, Cuba-born Sudanese triple jumper
*April 14Benjamin Insfran, Brazilian beach volleyball player
*April 14Fumiko Okuno, Japanese synchronized swimmer
*April 15Arturo Gatti, Italian-born boxer from Canada
*April 15Chun Wei Cheung, Dutch rowing cox (d. 2006)
*April 16Eldar Kurtanidze, Georgian wrestler
*April 17Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer
*April 17Macha van der Vaart, Dutch field hockey midfielder
*April 21Dmitry Lepikov, Russian freestyle swimmer
*April 22Tanya White, Australian taekwondoka
*April 24Nicolas Gill, Canadian judoka
*April 24Jorge Pérez, Spanish swimmer
*April 27Silvia Farina Elia, Italian tennis player
*April 28Yuliyan Strogov, Bulgarian boxer
*April 29Francesco Postiglione, Italian swimmer and water polo player
*April 29Mariusz Siudek, Polish figure-skater
*April 29Jacques Yoko, French volleyball player


*May 1Angela Alupei, Romanian rower
*May 2Alicia Barrancos, Argentine freestyle swimmer
*May 4Ethan Watts, American volleyball player
*May 5Laurent Capet, French volleyball player
*May 5James Cracknell, British rower
*May 5Michael Green, German field hockey player
*May 5Laura Sánchez, Mexican freestyle swimmer
*May 6Janne Blomqvist, Finnish freestyle swimmer
*May 7Peter Dubovský, Slovak football (soccer) player (d. 2000)
*May 9Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
*May 11Brian MacPhie, US tennis player
*May 11Lori Melien, Canadian backstroke swimmer
*May 12Susanne Müller, German field hockey player
*May 13Stefaan Maene, Belgian swimmer
*May 14Mandy Smith, New Zealand field hockey striker
*May 16Mayra García, Mexican beach volleyball player
*May 22Márcio May, Brazilian cyclist
*May 21Jalo de Vries, Dutch water polo player
*May 23Kevin Ullyett, South African tennis player
*May 24Kerron Speid, Jamaican boxer
*May 26Kevin McMahon, American hammer thrower
*May 27Eskild Ebbesen, Danish rower
*May 28Jacob-Jan Esmeijer, Dutch cricketer
*May 30Sergey Bykovsky, Belarusian boxer
*May 30Renita Farrell, Australian field hockey player
*May 31Frode Estil, Norwegian cross-country skier


*June 7Curtis Robb, British middle-distance runner
*June 8Frédéric Esther, French boxer
*June 11Julien Prosser, Australian beach volleyball player
*June 13Keith Cullen, English long-distance runner
*June 15Krista Thompson, Canadian field hockey goalkeeper
*June 17Iztok Čop, Slovenian rower
*June 20Sofía MacKenzie, Argentine field hockey defender
*June 21Canyon Ceman, American beach volleyball player
*June 21William Kiplagat, Kenyan long-distance runner
*June 23Zinedine Zidane, French football player
*June 24Robbie McEwen, Australian professional road bicycle racer
*June 24Ian Rutledge, Australian field hockey coach
*June 24Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
*June 26Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper
*June 26Roel and Mansueto Velasco, Filipino boxing twins
*June 27Armin Kerer, Italian javelin thrower
*June 27Stéphane Vossart, French breaststroke swimmer
*June 28Mark Merklein, American tennis player
*June 30Sandra Cam, Belgian freestyle swimmer
*June 30Stuart Rendell, Australian hammer thrower


*July 1Svetlana Zhurova, Russian ice speed skater
*July 2Matthew Birir, Kenyan athlete
*July 8Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer
*July 8Viorel Moldovan, Romanian football (soccer) forward
*July 9Anabel Gambero, Argentine field hockey defender
*July 12Tibor Benedek, Hungarian water polo player
*July 14Héctor Avila, Dominican Republic boxer
*July 14Hilda Gaxiola, Mexican beach volleyball player
*July 15Natalya Sadova, Russian discus thrower
*July 16Ramon Hernández, Puerto Rican beach volleyball player
*July 16Oleg Ogorodov, Uzbek tennis player
*July 20Alvydas Pazdrazdis, Lithuanian basketball player
*July 21Sascha Heyer, Swiss beach volleyball player
*July 21Nikolay Kozlov, Russian water polo player
*July 22Michael Johansen, Danish football (soccer) player
*July 25Héctor Vinent, Cuban boxer
*July 26Indrek Sei, Estonian freestyle swimmer
*July 28Tom Vanhoudt, Belgian tennis player
*July 31Armen Bagdasarov, Uzbek judoka


*August 1Martin Damm, Czech tennis player
*August 3Christian Keller, German medley and freestyle swimmer
*August 7Xeno Müller, Swiss rower
*August 7Dennis Rijnbeek, Dutch freestyle swimmer
*August 10Yong Zhuang, Chinese freestyle swimmer
*August 11Melanie Jones, Australian cricketer
*August 11Rob Short, Canadian field hockey player
*August 12Allison Tranquilli, Australian basketball player
*August 21Ronnie Ekelund, Danish football (soccer) player
*August 24Christian Ruud, Norwegian tennis player
*August 25Elmarie Gerryts, South African pole vaulter
*August 26Wilhelm Fischer, German boxer
*August 27Jaap-Derk Buma, Dutch field hockey player
*August 27Denise Lewis, British athlete
*August 27Wayne McIndoe, New Zealand field hockey player
*August 28Nathan Thomas, Australian waterpolo player
*August 29Linda Olofsson, Swedish freestyle swimmer
*August 30Pavel Nedvěd, Czech football player


*September 1Josh Davis, American freestyle swimmer
*September 1Louise Dobson, Australian field hockey player
*September 4Jorge Herrera, Puerto Rican freestyle swimmer
*September 4Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player
*September 8Os du Randt, South African rugby player
*September 9Bryan Bronson, American hurdler
*September 9Peggy Büchse, German long-distance swimmer
*September 9Jakko Jan Leeuwangh, Dutch speed skater
*September 9Henrique Guimarães, Brazilian judoka
*September 9Alexis Rubalcaba, Cuban heavyweight boxer
*September 9János Uzsoki, Hungarian long jumper
*September 10Daniele Musa, Italian tennis player
*September 11Matthew Gilmore, Australian-born Belgian cyclist
*September 16Vebjørn Rodal, Norwegian middle distance athlete
*September 17Simon Towns, New Zealand field hockey player
*September 18Brigitte Becue, Belgian breaststroke swimmer
*September 19Amy Frazier, American tennis player
*September 20Jenny Morris, Australian field hockey player
*September 21Richard Maden, English breaststroke swimmer
*September 23Mário Sabino, Brazilian judoka
*September 23Radomir Vasek, Czech tennis player
*September 25Davide Sanguinetti, Italian tennis player
*September 27Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
*September 29Abel Chimukoko, Zimbabwean long-distance runner


*October 4Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower
*October 5Tena Negere, Ethiopian long-distance runner
*October 7John Hyden, American volleyball player
*October 7Remco van Wijk, Dutch field hockey player and coach
*October 8Lena Eriksson, Swedish breaststroke swimmer
*October 10Marianne Limpert, Canadian freestyle and medley swimmer
*October 10Emanuele Merisi, Italian swimmer
*October 10Marcelo Negrão, Brazilian volleyball player
*October 11Martin Lundgaard, Danish badminton player
*October 11Brigitte Soucy, Canadian volleyball player
*October 13Feliberto Ascuy, Cuban wrestler
*October 15Duncan Dokiwari, Nigerian boxer
*October 17Jari Lipponen, Finnish archer
*October 19Otto Steffers, American field hockey defender
*October 20Pie Geelen, Dutch freestyle swimmer
*October 24Ruxandra Dragomir, Romanian tennis player
*October 24Jonathan Reid, American boxer
*October 25Janina Conceição, Brazilian volleyball player
*October 25Rodolfo Falcon, Cuban backstroke swimmer
*October 27Santiago Botero, Colombian cyclist
*October 27Brett Clarke, Australian table tennis player
*October 27Jason Duff, Australian field hockey defender
*October 27Calum Giles, English field hockey player
*October 27Rob Henderson, Irish rugby union footballer
*October 27Maria de Lurdes Mutola, Mozambican middle-distance runner
*October 27John Steel, New Zealand freestyle swimmer
*October 28Aleksey Kudryavtsev, Russian freestyle swimmer
*October 29Legna Verdecia, Cuban judoka


*November 1Marie Rasmussen, Danish pole vaulter
*November 1Gillian Sewell, Northern Ireland-born field hockey player from Canada
*November 3Marko Koers, Dutch middle distance runner
*November 4Luís Figo, Portuguese football player
*November 4Olivia Magno, Australian cricketer
*November 5Alison Sheppard, Scottish freestyle swimmer
*November 7Hasim Rahman, American heavyweight boxer
*November 8Chris Fydler, Australian swimmer
*November 9Barbara Bedford, US backstroke swimmer
*November 9Sophie Blake, British television sports presenter
*November 10Dominique Daquin, French volleyball player
*November 14Laurence Tieleman, Italian tennis player
*November 15Emilio Alvarez, Spanish tennis player
*November 16Ageeth Boomgaardt, Dutch field hockey player
*November 20Joanne Deakins, British backstroke swimmer
*November 21Eyal Ran, Israeli tennis player
*November 21Thomas Schleicher, Austrian judoka
*November 24Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football (soccer) goalkeeper
*November 24Marek Lemsalu, Estonian football (soccer) player
*November 24Rhona Simpson, Scottish field hockey player
*November 27Chris Hunter, Canadian field hockey forward
*November 30Adriano Garrido, Brazilian beach volleyball player


*December 1Nicole Koolen, Dutch field hockey player
*December 2Gustavo Borges, Brazilian swimmer
*December 3Angel Luis Andreo, Spanish water polo player
*December 5Nobutaka Hirano, Japanese volleyball player
*December 6Francisco Cabello, Argentinian tennis player
*December 7Jordi Burillo, Spanish tennis player
*December 9Fabrice Santoro, French tennis player
*December 9Maikro Romero, Cuban boxer
*December 11Berit Puggaard, Danish freestyle swimmer
*December 11Paul Rosner, South African tennis player
*December 12Bektas Abubakirov, Kazakhstani boxer
*December 12Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle distance runner
*December 16Nicole Haislett, American freestyle swimmer
*December 18Anzhela Balakhonova, Ukrainian pole vaulter
*December 18Marcos Ondruska, South African tennis player
*December 19Charles Lefrançois, Canadian high jumper
*December 20Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand long-distance runner
*December 21Claudia Poll, Nicaragua-born swimmer from Costa Rica
*December 21Tue Bjørn Thomsen, Danish boxer (d. 2006)
*December 27Colin Charvis, Welsh rugby player
*December 27Hocine Soltani, Algerian boxer
*December 28Roberto Palacios, Peruvian football (soccer) midfielder
*December 28Patrick Rafter, Australian tennis player


*February 28Victor Barna, Hungarian-born, five-time World table tennis champion
*February 28Dizzy Trout, Major League Baseball pitcher (1939-1957)
*March 11Zack Wheat, Major League Baseball player (1909-1927)
*March 16Pie Traynor, Major League Baseball player (1920-1937)
*March 20Gerard Bosch van Drakestein, Dutch track cyclist (b. 1887)
*March 28Donie Bush, Major League Baseball player (1908-1923)
*April 2Gil Hodges, Major League Baseball player/manager (1943-1963)
* April 22Isak Abrahamsen (80), Norwegian gymnast (b. 1891)
*July 16Marinus van den Berge (72), Dutch athlete (b. 1900)
* September 6Eliezer Halfin (28), Israeli wrestler (b. 1948)
*October 9Dave Bancroft, Major League Baseball player (1915-1930)
*October 17Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender
*October 24Jackie Robinson, Baseball Hall of Famer (1947-1956)
*December 31Roberto Clemente, Baseball Hall of Famer (1955-1972)
*December 20Gabby Hartnett, Major League Baseball player (1922-1941)
*December 23Eric Green, British field hockey player (b. 1878)

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