On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 26

  • 1874 Biddy Anderson, South African cricket batsman (1 Test as captain; Western Province) and rugby union centre (3 Tests), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1926)

Eddie Eagan

1897 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 4-man 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

  • 1900 (Lewis) "Hack" Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1923-34, MLB single season record 191 RBI (1930) (Chicago Cubs and 3 other teams), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC), born in Bacup, England (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Virgil Trucks, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1945 Detroit Tigers; MLB All Star 1949, 54), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)

I. M. Pei

1917 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, born in Kwangchou, Canton, China (d. 2019)

  • 1917 Sal Maglie, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1954; MLB All Star 1951, 52; NY Giants; no-hitter 1956 Cleveland Indians), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, 4x100m relay 1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1926 David Coleman, British sports commentator (BBC 1954-2000), born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Preston Robert Tisch, American businessman (co-founder of Loews Corp), and NFL co-owner (NY Giants, 1991-2005), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1927 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • 1936 Pat Quinn, Scottish soccer forward (4 caps; Motherwell, Hibernian) and manager (East Fife, FH), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)

Nino Benvenuti

1938 Nino Benvenuti, Italian boxer (world middleweight champion), born in Izola, Slovenia

  • 1940 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (30 Tests GB, 4 England; St Helens 373 games, Cronulla-Sutherland), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Jim Lambright, American college football coach (University of Washington 1993-98; 44–25–1 record), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Martha Rockwell, American cross-country skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1945 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Donna De Varona, American swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1949 Carlos Bianchi, Argentine soccer forward and coach (14 caps; Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1955 Mike Scott, American baseball player (3× All-Star), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958 John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, British racing driver, born in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  • 1961 Al Lawrence, Jamaican 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Jamaica
  • 1961 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • 1962 Colin Anderson, English footballer, born in Newcastle, England
  • 1963 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Andrea Temesvári, Hungarian tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1968 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • 1971 Ryan Yarbrough, American NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1972 Francisco Cordova, Mexican pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1972 Marco Rivera, American NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Natrone Means, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • 1972 Avi Nimni, Israeli footballer (Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.), born in Holon, Israel
  • 1972 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • 1973 Chris Perry, English footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Carshalton, England
  • 1976 Sarah Tueting, American ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics 1998), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1978 Joe Crede, American baseball player, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • 1978 Peter Madsen, Danish retired footballer, born in Roskilde, Madsen
  • 1981 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer, born in Nancy, France
  • 1982 J. B. Holmes, American golfer (British Open 2016 3rd; 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • 1982 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player (CB Ciudad de Valladolid), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1983 José María López, Argentine racing driver (2014–2016 World Touring Car Champion), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • 1985 John Isner, American tennis player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina