Birthdays in Sport in 1926

  • 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 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 48, 52, 56)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 QB/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, cricketer (Indian batsman & captain)
  • Apr 2 Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (F1 champ 1959, 1960, 1966), born in Hurstville, NSW (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Alex Grammas, American baseball player
  • 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, Witt, IL, MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), (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 interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Jul 24 Hans-Gunther Winkler, German equestrian jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Jul 25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player
  • 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 and Canadian football player and coach
  • Sep 3 Bill Flemming, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
  • Sep 4 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Sep 7 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer (d. 1983)
  • Sep 11 Alfred Slote, author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station)
  • Sep 11 Eddie Miksis, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Sep 13 Emile Francis, NHL player/coach/GM (Rangers, Blues, Whalers)

  • Sep 18 Bud Greenspan, documentary maker (Olympic Games)
  • Sep 18 Bob Toski, American golfer
  • Sep 25 Sergei Filatov, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Sep 30 Robin Roberts, pitcher (Phillies, Won 28 in 1952)
  • Oct 3 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • Oct 11 John Dewes, cricketer (England opener late 40's early 50's)
  • Oct 12 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • Oct 13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian Wrestler (d. 2008)
  • Oct 20 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Oct 24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, 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, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • Nov 11 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (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, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
  • Dec 13 Carl Erskine, baseball player (Bkln Dodgers)
  • Dec 13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete
  • Dec 14 Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts)
  • Dec 17 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Dec 19 Bobby Layne, NFL QB (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)