Hungarian Sport Notables
These are some of the Hungarians, or people with a strong Hungarian heritage, who have made impact on sports.
This is an attempt at an impossible list. There are more athletes than we know, and some may have passed. Please update us with current information.
born: September 15, 1941, Hercegszanto, Hungary
World Cup scoring title and European Soccer Player of the Year (1967).
born: August 24, 1911, Budapest, Hungary
died: February 1972
Table Tennis World Champion
born: July 15, 1928, Amiens, France
Chess Champion Grandmaster. US Chess Hall of Fame.
Boloni, Ladislau (Laszlo)
Soccer Player and Romanian National Team Head Coach.
born: March 3, 1920, Bridgeport, CT
born: 1950, Hungary
(WBF) World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Australian Heavyweight Champion.
born: December 25, 1946, Stow, OH
Running back for the Miami Dolphins. Hall of Fame. Super Bowl VIII MVP.
born: August 16, 1974, Budapest, Hungary
Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Youngest Olympic champion ever. Only woman to win five gold medals in individual swimming events.
Gogolak, Peter & Charlie
New York Giants. All-Pro.
born: January 25, 1924, Martins Ferry, OH
died: November 29, 2000, Berea, OH
Place kicker for the Cleveland Browns. Six-time All Pro. Hall of Fame.
Halas, George “Papa Bear”
born: February 2, 1895, Chicago, IL
died: October 31, 1983
Hall of Fame football coach and founder of the Chicago Bears. Helped found the NFL
Hargitay, Mickey (Miklós)
born: October 19, 1927, Budapest, Hungary
Mr. Universe. Mariska Hargitay’s dad.
born: Kassa, [now called Kosice after Czech and Slovak annexation]
Was the youngest #1 ranked player ever at age 17, and became the youngest to win a Grand Slam title.
Hrabosky, Alan Thomas
born: July 21, 1949 Oakland, CA
One of the most effective relievers of the 1970’s Called “the Mad Hungarian” for wild-haired look and angry stomping on the mound. Plated with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves
Ienei, Emeric (Imre)
Player and Romanian National Team Head Coach.
Károlyi, Béla and Márta
born: September 13, 1942, Kolozsvár, Transylvania)
U.S. Gymnastics Coach to Nadia Comaneci, and Mary Lou Retton. Defected from Romania September 1980.
born: November 3, 1960, Jackson, MI
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Professional Volleyball Player.
Member of the “Magnificent Magyars”
born: November 25, 1963, Youngstown, OH
Quarterback for the Browns, Cowboys and the Dolphins.
died: 1979, Budapest
Table Tennis Champion. First official female World Champion
Played in World-Series. Nicknamed “The Muscular Magyar” Hall of Fame.
born: June 10, 1970, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kansas City Wizards, International.
born: May 5, 1967, Fairfield, CT
Pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. Three-time All-Star. Olympics Gold Medal Winner.
Namath (Németh), Joe
Quarterback for New York Jets. Hall of Fame. Super Bowl MVP.
NFL Football Player. Superbowl Punter for the Miami Dolphins. Wore #3
born: March 25, 1926 Budapest, Hungary
First boxer in history to win three consecutive Olympic Gold Medals.
Polgár, Zsuzsa (Susan)
Woman’s World Chess Champion, and reigning woman World champion in Blitz and Rapid Chess. She was the first woman to earn an overall Chess Grand Master title in 1991.
Polgár, Judit (Judith)
Grandmaster at 15 years old. 10th in the World Chess Federation. Highest rated female chess player in the world. First female player to win the U.S. Open Chess Championship in 1988.
Polgár, Zsófia (Sofia)
U.S. Gymnastics National Team coach and choreographer.
born: April 2, 1927, Budapest
Members of the “Magnificent Magyars”
Reményi , Maria Judith
Miss USA 1966
born: Vajdaság (Vojvodina), the Hungarian region that was given to Serbia/Yugoslavia.
Won nine Grand Slam singles titles. Bronze medal in the Sydney Olympics 2000.
Football coach for the 17-0 Miami Dolphins. Winningest Coach in NFL History. Hall of Fame.
born: 1908, Hungary
Table Tennis first female player to use the “pen holder grip.”
born: March 22, 1972, Newmarket, grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Three-time World Champion. Seven-time Canadian National Champion. Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist.
Six World Doubles titles
Szabo, Ekaterina (Katalin)
born: January 22, 1966, Zágon, Transylvania (now in Romania)
Gymnast. Four Olympic gold medals and one silver in Los Angeles competing for Romania.
born: January 18, 1979, OK
NFL Football Player Cincinnati Bengals. Wears #66.
Father of British Weightlifting
born: 1961, Brooklyn, NY
Poker World Series Champion of 2002. First to Win $2 million.
US ping pong champion
born: November 21, 1966 in Willingboro, NJ
Kansas City Wizards, US National Team (captain), International