Birthdays in Sport on January 26

  • 1819 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major/inventor (baseball) [or Jun 26]
  • 1878 A W "Dave" Nourse, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket)
  • 1887 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948)
  • 1919 K C Ibrahim, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)

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1925 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and popcorn mogul (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1927 Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr, Wisc, sailor (Oly-gold/bronze-1964, 72)
  • 1933 Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • 1935 Bob Uecker, catcher/actor (Mr Belvedere), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Henry Jordan, Emporia Va, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay)
  • 1943 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Mick Hill, cricketer (NSW all-rounder 1964-75)
  • 1951 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1952 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1954 Kim Hughes, cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84)
  • 1957 Ashok Malhotra, cricketer (Indian batsman in 7 Tests 1982-84)
  • 1957 Shivlal Yadav, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 102 Test wickets 1979-87)
  • 1958 Dave Rummells, Nike golfer (1993 Buick-2nd), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1958 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer
  • 1960 Gary Plummer, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers)
  • 1960 Jeanette Bolden, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California

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1961 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers), born in Brantford, Ontario

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1962 Roshan Guneratne, cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983)
  • 1962 Tim May, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95)
  • 1962 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
  • 1963 Simon O'Donnell, cricketer (Deniliquin NSW ODI all-rounder 1985-90)
  • 1963 José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager (Chelsea), born in Setúbal, Lisbon
  • 1965 Lou Frazier, US baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos)
  • 1965 Tim McDonald, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1965 Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Jeff Branson, US baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1967 Katie Peterson-Parker, Bethesda MD, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile-5th)
  • 1967 Tim Pugh, Lake Tahoe CA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, KC Royals)
  • 1968 Eric Davis, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Reggie Jordan, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1970 Dan Carlson, US baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1970 Dean Malkoc, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1970 Ronald Moore, NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971 Jon Heidenreich, WLAF G (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Lamar Mills, WLAF DE (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Lee Naylor, Australian 400m runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Min Tang, Hunan China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Canberra AUS)
  • 1972 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Mark Brook, WLAF LB (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Tatsuki Katayama, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1973 Tony Ramirez, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976 Paul Byrne, Australian 800m ruuner (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Justin Gimelstob, NJ, tennis star (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield)
  • 1977 Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made "Le dunk de la mort" (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1978 Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978 Corina Morariu, American tennis player
  • 1981 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian Cyclist
  • 1984 Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
  • 1984 Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
  • 1986 Gerald Green, American basketball player
  • 1989 Emily Hughes, American figure skater
  • 1990 Peter Sagan, Slovakian professional cyclist (World Road Champion 2016), born in Žilina, Slovakia