Birthdays in Sport on February 26

  • 1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1908 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1916 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • 1920 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1936)
  • 1920 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Bill Johnston, cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
  • 1925 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket player
  • 1928 Everton Weekes, cricketer (one of the 3 W's)
  • 1931 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • 1941 Keith Thomson, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968)
  • 1945 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1955 Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver
  • 1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1959 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • 1962 Sheila Cornell, Encino Fla, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1965 Donald Narcisse, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Matt Jackson, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Payless), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1966 Wesley Walls, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967 David Howard, Sarasota FL, infielder (KC Royals)
  • 1967 Roman Fortin, NFL center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967 Scott Service, US baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1968 Brendan Rogers, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 Chris Green, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 J T Snow, infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Leif Rohlin, Vasteras Swe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1968 René Groen, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Brandon Wilson, US baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1970 Ben Maruquin, Ventura California, field hockey sweeper (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Czech, tennis star
  • 1970 Sasha Danilovic, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1971 Rick Lyle, defensive end/defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Clint McDaniel, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1972 Scott Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Jenny Thompson, Danvers Mass, 400m freestyle (Olympics-gold-92, 96)
  • 1973 Marshall Faulk, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian retired footballer
  • 1974 Ron Fox, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1975 Cindy Werley, field hockey forward/midfielder (Oly-96), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Mike Wilson, Brampton, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1976 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • 1977 Tim Thomas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1977 Josh Towers, Major League Baseball player
  • 1977 Shane Williams, Welsh Rugby Player
  • 1978 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978 Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • 1979 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1979 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1980 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • 1981 Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver
  • 1984 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • 1986 Makelele, Brazilian footballer