Birthdays in Sport on January 27

  • 1894 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1901 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)
  • 1911 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1939 Mike Hill, PGA golfer (1977 Ohio Kings Island Open), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1952 Brian Gottfried, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952 "White Shoes" Johnson, American football player
  • 1954 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • 1955 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956 Fred Quillan, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1959 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • 1962 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1964 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • 1964 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1964 Woody Austin, PGA golfer (1995 Buick Open), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1965 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1965 Mike Newell, English football manager
  • 1966 Michael De Angelis, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1967 Alfred Oglesby, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1967 Dave Manson, Prince Albert, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1967 Laura Golarsa, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Sue Palmer, Collingwood Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Eric Wedge, US baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1968 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • 1968 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • 1969 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 Phil Plantier, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1969 Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)
  • 1970 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Dean Headley, cricket (grandson of George, England ODI quick 1996)
  • 1971 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1971 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1972 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • 1973 Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1975 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • 1976 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Mike Ferrier, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam, Salernitana)
  • 1976 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • 1978 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • 1979 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1980 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • 1980 Chanda Gunn, ice hockey player
  • 1981 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • 1983 Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mike Zagurski, American baseball player
  • 1988 Kerlon Moura Souza, Brazilian footballer