Birthdays in Sport in 1926

About 1926

How Old? 91 or 92 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation or the G.I. Generation

Chinese Zodiac: Ox (Jan 1 - Feb 12), Tiger (Feb 13 - Dec 31)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • Jan 6 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • Jan 6 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 7 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), born in Leichhardt, NSW (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • Jan 29 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • Jan 31 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • Feb 10 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • Feb 12 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 20 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • Feb 20 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)

Person of interestPete Rozelle

Mar 1 Pete Rozelle [Alvin Rozelle], American NFL commissioner (1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Mar 1 Allan Stanley, Timmons, ON, Hall of Fame ice hockey player, (d. 2013)

  • Mar 4 Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 6 Ann Curtis, 400m/800m US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1948), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Mar 15 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL quarterback and coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • Mar 18 Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • Mar 25 Laszlo Papp, Hungarian Olympic Boxer (Gold-1948, 1952, 1956)
  • Mar 28 Polly Umrigar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Solapur, India (d. 2006)
  • Apr 2 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Alex Grammas, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • Apr 18 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • Apr 21 Arthur Rowley, English Footballer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 24 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Witt, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 David Coleman, sports commentator
  • Apr 26 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • May 20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • May 21 Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer
  • May 24 Len Maddocks, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's)

Person of interestBill Sharman

May 25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • May 27 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (open batsman for NZ in 9 Tests 1953-56)
  • May 31 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • Jun 9 Roy Smalley, shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees)
  • Jun 14 Don Newcombe, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)
  • Jul 24 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 2018)

  • Jul 25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, born in Lowell, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)
  • Aug 17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Sep 3 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Sep 4 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Sep 7 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Sep 11 Alfred Slote, American children's books author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 11 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Sep 13 Emile Francis, NHL player, coach and general manager (Rangers, Blues, Whalers), born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Sep 18 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Sep 18 Bob Toski, American professional golfer and instructor, born in Haydenville, Massachusetts
  • Sep 19 Duke Snider, American baseball centerfielder (406 HRs), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • Sep 25 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), born in Lysyye Gory, Tambov Governorate (d. 1997)
  • Sep 30 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Oct 3 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • Oct 11 John Dewes, English cricketer (England opener late 40's early 50's), born in Latchford, Cheshire, England (d. 2015)
  • Oct 12 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • Oct 13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Windsor, Canada (d. 2008)
  • Oct 20 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Free City of Danzig
  • Oct 21 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • Oct 27 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicketkeeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), born in Baroda, Gujarat, India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 28 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • Nov 11 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1998)
  • Nov 11 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • Nov 18 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • Nov 22 Lew Burdette, baseball player
  • Nov 22 Zulfiqar Ahmed, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1952-56)
  • Dec 7 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • Dec 13 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Dec 13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (2 Olympic Golds 1952) born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 14 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • Dec 17 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Dec 19 Bobby Layne, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Ronald Draper, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50)
  • Dec 28 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)