Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr
Born: 16 April 1947
Harlem, New York
American basketball player who led UCLA to three
national titles between 1967 and 1969. Named Player of the Year
twice, and Most Valuable Player six times.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr
Born: 17 January 1942
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Won a gold medal
in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Dominant heavyweight fighter during
the 60s and 70s, winning the world title on three separate
occasions. Charismatic, outspoken and nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali
was a celebrity as well as the athlete who could "float like a
butterfly and sting like a bee". He retired from boxing in 1981.
Recently a set of four prints made of Ali by Andy Warhol sold for more than
US Body builder. Grew up as a skinny, sickly child.
Bullied by other children it was this that inspired him to become
muscle-bound. He chose the name "Atlas" after the Greek Titan, who
according to Greek mythology supports the broad sky on his head and
unwearying arms, at the Earth's limits. His physique has been used
in more than 75 statues around the world.
1911 - 1972
Hungarian born English Table Tennis player.
Lawrence Peter Berra
Born: 12 May 1925
St Louis, Mo
Baseballer. Famous Yogi Berra Quotes:
"I didn't say the things I said", "Ninety percent of baseball is
mental, the other half is physical", "I made a wrong mistake",
"Never answer an anonymous letter", "The future ain't what it used
Arthur Edward Breasley
Wagga, NSW, Australia
Born: 2 May 1962
Enduring Snooker legend Jimmy White changed his name
to "Jimmy Brown" briefly during the 2005 season, to reflect the
colour of the condiment produced by his major sponsor (HP
Born: 6 January 1910
One of the finest featherweights to enter the ring,
he was the first prominent Cuban fighter. His career was curtailed
by a flamboyant lifestyle in New York City.
Spanish Bull Fighter.
|Alfonso De Portago
Alfonso Cabeza de Vaca y
17 Marquis de Portago
Born: 11 October 1928
Died: 12 May 1957
Racing Driver. Great sportsman in his youth, fencing,
playing polo, ridgin and flying. Member of the Spanish Olympic
bobsleigh team, a very successful jockey in French steeplechasing,
he took part in Britain's most famous horse race - The Grand
National on two occasions. His car suffered a tyre failure at
180mph, the crash killing Alfonso, his co-driver and 10
William Harrison Dempsey
Born: 24 June 1895
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. His family was so
poor that at the age of 8 he started farming. His early boxing
often took place in back rooms of frontier saloons under the name
"Kid Blackie". In 1915 his prize purse was $2.50 for one match, 11
years later his purse was $711,000 for his first match with
Gene Tunney. Dempsey earned
more than USD$3,500,000 in all in the ring.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira
Born: 25 January 1942
Lourenco Marques, Mozambique
Portugal's all time top scoring footballer.
|Football Federation Australia
Soccer Australia (1995-2003)
Australian Soccer Association
The governing body for Football in Australia.
|Gorgeous George #1
Born: Seward, Nebraska
Died: Late 1963
Wrestler and the orginal "Gorgeous George". He grew
his hair long and curly and dyed it blonde. Wearing gold plated
bobby pins in his hair and long sequened robes, George would enter
the ring escorted by one of his ring butlers, who would then spray
his opponents with perfume or disinfectant, all to the sounds of
"Pomp and Circumstance" (the same entrance music used by Randy Savage today). There have been
many imitators but none compared to Gorgeous George.
|Gorgeous George #2
Female wrestler, dating Randy Savage.
Terry Gene Bollea
Born: 11 August 1953 (just 10 pounds and 7 ounces)
One of the best known wrestlers of the WWF. Started
bodybuilding. After studying business administration and music at
the University of South Florida. Terry worked as a part time body
builder, part time bouncer, very part time musician and full time
bank teller. Terry also liked playing guitar with his buddies. The
story has it - and
separating fact from reality is difficult in the world of
pro-wrestling - that one night while working as a bouncer Hogan met
up with wrestler Jack Brisco who immediately saw the potential of
this golden haired 6ft 5 inch 300 pounder.
Born: 8 August 1959
One of the 50 greatest players ever to play in the
NBA. In 1991 he announced that he is infected by the HIV virus. His
number "32" is retired by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Pierre Eugene Alfred Bouillon
Born: 22 December 1905
Died: 11 June 1955
Grand Prix Driver. Took the name Levegh in memory of
his uncle who had been a pioneering driver. A brilliant skater, ice
hockey player and tennis player, Levegh was over fifty when
Mercedes invited him to drive a 300SLR at Le Mans in 1955, and was
involved in a horrifying accident in which he was killed, along
with 84 spectators.
Leonard Stephen Durtanovich
Born: 13 February 1950
Bridgetown, Western Australia
Australian Test Cricketer. Son of Yugoslav
American baseball player, manager and executive.
|Charles "Kid" McCoy
Born: 13 October 1872
Died: 18 April 1940 (overdose of sleeping pills)
Boxer. Possible inspiration for "the real McCoy".
Spent eight years in San Quentin penitentiary for killing a
James Cleveland Owens
Born: 12 September 1913
Born into a desperately poor family, his nickname was
JC, for James Cleveland, but it was mistaken for Jesse. The name
stuck. Winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics he proved Adolf
Hitler wrong who had said that all Jews and Blacks would fail. One
of the greatest athletes of all time, he changed the world of
Edson Arantes Do Nascimento
Born: 23 October 1940
Tres Coracoes ,Brazil
Soccer player, who played in 4 World Cups, widely
regarded as the greatest soccer player ever.
Born: 19 September 1922
The most victorious Champion in the history of
boxing, winning 230 bouts.
Nelson Piquet Souto Maior
Born: 17 August 1952
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Piquet was crowned Brazilian kart champion in 1971
and 1972. His racing debut was kept secret from his family. Because
of that, he put the name Piket instead of Piquet on his car, so as
to not be recognized by the family. Nelson, son of Clotilde Piquet
and the late Estácio Souto Maior, Health Minister during the
João Goulart regime, lived much of his life in Brasília
following the city's founding in 1960.
Born: 19 November 1949
Football player: St. Louis Cardinals, 1972-73;
Buffalo Bills, 1974-76; Seattle Seahawks, 1976; Minnesota Vikings,
1976-82; sportscaster, NBC,1982--. Author: RASHAD: Vikes, Mikes,
and Something on the Backside, 1988.
A four-time All-Pro nominee, played in National
Football League's Pro Bowl(All-Star) Team, 1979; named to National
Football Conference (NFC) All-Star team by the Sporting News, 1978,
'79; inducted into University of Oregon Hall of Fame, 1987; won a
Sports Emmy from "InSport," 1990.
Born: 3 May 1921
Boxer. Remembered universally as the greatest
pound-for-pound fighter in boxing history. He dominated the
Welterweight division, and won the Middleweight Championship a
record 5 times. He earned his nickname "Sugar" when a lady, seated
at ringside after an amateur bout, commented that Ray looked "as
sweet as sugar".
Ronaldo Luis Nazario da Lima
22 September 1976
Rio De Janerio, Brazil
Brazil's greatest soccer talent since the great
George Herman Ruth
Born: 6 February 1895
Died: 16 August 1948
George Herman "Babe" Ruth was an American original,
Baseball's first great slugger and the most celebrated athlete of
his time. The southpaw hurler debuted with the Red Sox, winning 89
games in six years while setting the World Series record for
consecutive scoreless innings. "The Sultan of Swat" converted to
the outfield fulltime after his sale to the Yankees in 1920 and led
New York to seven American League pennants and four World Series
titles. He finished with 714 home runs, leading the league 12
times, including a remarkable 60 round trippers in 1927. Bats:
left. Throws: left. Elected to Hall of Fame by BBWAA: 1936 215
votes of 226 ballots cast: 95.13%.
8 August 1967
Women's champ of the pro World Wrestling Federation
Born: 15 November 1952
WWW wrestling champ. Enters the ring to the sound of
"Pomp and Circumstance", just like the original Gorgeous George, and now dates
Gorgeous George #2.
Ayrton Senna de Silva
Born: 21 March 1960
San Paulo, Brazil
Died: 1 May 1994 (Formula 1 crash)
Recognised as "the King of racing", he started from
poll postion an amazing 40% of the time, and the first row an
equally amazing 52% of the time.
Orienthal James Simpson
Born: 9 July 1947
Once recognised as one of the greatest American
Footballers, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968, All-Pro 5 times,
MVP in 1973, also appeared on TV and in movies. His career ended
when he was arrested as a suspect in the double-murder of ex-wife
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was
acquitted on October 3, 1995.
Known by most fans for his connections with ABBA. He
performed as a drummer with the group in a few studio sessions, and
became a good friend of Bjorn Ulvaeus. ABBA put their name on his
car in 1981 as a form of "goodwill sponsorship", mostly to attract
other sponsors. He won the European Truck Racing Championship in
Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Born: 3 May 1972
Hayward, California, USA
WWF wrestler, sometimes credited as Rocky Maivia.
Born: 3 June 1932
Died: 26 January 1988
The greatest boxer ever produced by Africa.
James Joseph Tunny
1898 - 1978
Born: New York City
Boxer. World heavyweight champion (1926-8) and twice
defeated Jack Dempsey during
the 1920s "golden age" of sport.
|Jesse "The Body" Ventura
James George Janos
Born: 15 July 1952 (or 1951)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
WWF wrestler who was elected as Governor of Minnesota
in 1998. Enjoyed a very successful career in the ring, and even
made a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Born: 17 January 1970
Born as Wattana Pu-Ob-Orm, then renamed to Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm in 2003, James is a Thai professional snooker player.
Winner of the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix driving a
British racing green Bugatti in April 1929, winner of the French GP
in 1930 at Le Mans, and the 1931 Belgian GP. A hero of WWII,
working for the French Section of the Special Operations Executive.
He was captured, and held in a concentration camp, where he
suffered the most brutal treatment. He was last seen at the end of
March 1945, it is believed he was executed.
|Bob Dylan Willis
Robert George Willis
Born: 30 May 1949
Sunderland, Co Durham
Cricketer, playing for England, played in the Ashes
series in the 70s. He added Dylan into his name as a tribute to his
musical hero Bob
Born: 30 December 1975
One of the best golfers in the history of the sport. Turned Pro in 1996 and his career winnings already exceeds USD$55 million. Tiger has won 58 tournaments, 43 of those on the
PGA Tour. His titles include The Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), the PGA Championship (1999, 2000), the US Open (2000, 2002), and the British Open (2000).
Anthony Florian Saleski
Born: 29 May 1913
Boxer. Nicknamed "Man Of Steel", was the World
Middleweight Champion for over 6 years and a very popular
Frank Urban Zoeller Jr
Born: 11 November 1951
New Albany IN
Golfer. Winner of the 1979 Masters and US Open