Birthdays in Sport in 1927

  • Jan 1 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • Jan 1 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • Jan 2 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • Jan 11 John Hayes, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 15 Tests 1951-58)
  • Jan 14 Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Jan 21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 22 Lou Creekmur, Baseball Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 25 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Dysart, SK, CAN, Hall of Fame NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 26 Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Jan 27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • Feb 6 Smokey Burgess, baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 7 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • Feb 18 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 2 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • Mar 4 Dick Savitt, American tennis player
  • Mar 9 Jack Jensen, baseball player (AL MVP 1958)
  • Mar 14 Bill Rexford, auto racer
  • Mar 18 George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York

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Mar 19 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Mar 22 George Thoms, cricketer (1 Test Aust against WI 1952, scored 16 & 28)
  • Mar 23 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 25 Leslie Claudius, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Mar 30 Wally Grout, cricketer (great Aussie wicket-keeper)
  • Apr 2 Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star
  • Apr 2 Carmen Basilio, American boxer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 18 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)
  • Apr 24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 29 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic silver 1948)
  • Apr 30 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 1 Greta Andersen, Danish 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • May 1 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • May 5 Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960)
  • May 6 Michael Frederick, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30)
  • May 9 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • May 13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • May 14 Shirley Spork, LPGA golfer
  • May 16 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • May 22 Eric Petrie, cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's)
  • May 24 John Kelly Jr, American sculler (Olympic bronze 1956) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jun 7 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (d. 1953)
  • Jun 10 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-born footballer (d. 2002)
  • Jun 11 Eric St Eval Atkinson, cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59)
  • Jun 12 Timir Pinegin, sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Jun 16 Tom [Thomas] Graveney, English cricket batsman, born in Riding Mill, Northumberland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Jackie Collum, baseball player
  • Jun 24 Joseph Pierce Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 1 Ruben Gomez, baseball player

  • Jul 2 Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik)
  • Jul 9 Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly, NHL hall of famer (Norris trophy)
  • Jul 9 Red Kelly, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 10 Don Revie, English soccer manager (Leeds and England)
  • Jul 16 John Warr, England, cricket bowler (avg 281)/president (MCC)
  • Jul 18 Zin Harris, cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's)
  • Jul 22 George Hunter, South Africa, light heavyweight boxer (Oly-gold-1948)
  • Jul 26 G S Ramchand, cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India)
  • Aug 7 Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • Aug 15 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 25 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German FR, equestrian (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 2 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 17 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)

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Sep 22 Tom Lasorda [Thomas], baseball manager (LA Dodgers), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda
  • Sep 22 Gordon Astall, English footballer, born in Horwich
  • Sep 25 Carl Braun, basketball player (NY Knicks)
  • Sep 25 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • Sep 29 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 52, 56)
  • Oct 6 Alice Bauer, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 8 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Oct 10 Clairmonte Depeiaza, cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955)
  • Oct 15 Bill Henry, Alice, TX, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), (d. 2014)
  • Oct 18 Ramesh Divecha, cricketer (eleven wickets for India in early 50's)
  • Oct 25 Franklin "Bud" Held, American javelin world champ (1949, 51, 53-55), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Headley Keith, South African cricketer (solid left-handed for South Africa in the 1950's), born in Dundee, Natal
  • Oct 29 Frank A Sedgman, tennis champ (US Open-1951)
  • Oct 30 Joseph Wilbur Adcock, manager/player (Braves)
  • Nov 7 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Nov 21 Georgia Frontiere, co-owner of the St. Louis Rams (d. 2008)
  • Nov 27 Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer (d. 1987)

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Nov 29 Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • Dec 11 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • Dec 25 Nellie Fox, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • Dec 29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 29 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)