On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 26

  • 1874 Biddy Anderson, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1926)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

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

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1900 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Dick Howorth, English cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles), born in Bacup, Lancashire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)

Person of interestI. 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)

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • 1917 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1926 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • 1937 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Nino Benvenuti, Italian boxer (world middleweight champion), born in Izola, Slovenia
  • 1940 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, GB 30 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 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, Argentinian footballer and coach (Vélez Sarsfield), 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 Mark Davis, American NBA guard & forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • 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