On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 27

  • 1875 Freddie Fane, British cricketer (Hobbs' 1st Test opening partner), born in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, born in Bradford, Ohio (d. 1939)

Rogers Hornsby

1896 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)

Leo Diegel

1899 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1951)

  • 1916 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), born in Hajduki, Poland (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Bob Bondurant, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans GT +3.0 1964; Shelby American, Ferrari, Eagle teams), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1937 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), born in Wigan, England (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player, born in Excel, Alabama
  • 1943 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria
  • 1946 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • 1947 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1971, 72; Chicago Black Hawks), born in Wadena, Saskatchewan (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1962 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • 1962 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine football goalkeeper, born in Reconquista, Argentina
  • 1964 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Oldham, England
  • 1965 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1966 Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995), born in Gisborne, Australia
  • 1967 Bridgette Gordon, American basketball forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic gold 1988), born in DeLand, Florida
  • 1967 Jason Whitlock, American sports journalist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Tyrone Rodgers, American football defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1969 Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer, born in Lithgow, Australia
  • 1970 Mikiko Hagiwara, Japanese basketball player, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1971 Craig Keith, American football tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Torrance, California
  • 1972 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1972 Silvia Farina, Italian tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 Tim Ruddy, American football offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Carlos Fortes, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1974 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Michael Booker, American football cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1975 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1976 Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1980 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1980 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta
  • 1980 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player, born in Linz, Austria
  • 1981 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer, born in Älvsjö, Sweden
  • 1981 Joey Gathright, American baseball player, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • 1984 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1984 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player, born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1987 Elliott Shriane, Australian short track speed skater, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1990 Austin Dillon, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2018), born in Welcome, North Carolina
  • 1995 Nick Kyrgios, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles [Thanasi Kokkinakis] 2022; Hopman Cup 2016), born in Canberra, Australia