On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1927

  • Jan 1 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), born Dallas, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Jan 1 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), born in Gratz, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Jan 11 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Jan 14 Ivan Kalita, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tambov Governorate (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 22 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, born in Hopelawn, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • Jan 25 Fernie Flaman, Canadian NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Dysart, Canada (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)
  • Jan 28 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), born in Blythe, California (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2019)
  • Feb 6 Smokey Burgess, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Caroleen, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 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 road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), born in Montluçon, France (d. 2017)
  • Mar 4 Dick Savitt, American tennis player
  • Mar 9 Jackie Jensen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1958), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1982)
  • Mar 14 Bill Rexford, auto racer
  • Mar 18 George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

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 22 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 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 1 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Apr 2 Billy Pierce, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star x 7; World Series 1945; AL wins leader 1957; MLB ERA leader 1955; AL strikeout leader; 1953; Chicago White Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 2 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • Apr 3 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Apr 13 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • Apr 18 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), born in Newcastle, New South Wales (d. 2000)
  • Apr 24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mamer, Luxembourg (d. 1992)
  • Apr 26 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)

  • Apr 27 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), born in Hajduki, Poland (d. 2013)
  • Apr 29 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic silver 1948)
  • Apr 30 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952), born in Karlskrona, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • May 1 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 1 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; member of Pakistan's first Test team that played against India 1952–53), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1983)
  • May 5 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), born in Oudtshoorn, Cape Province (d. 2016)
  • May 6 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)
  • May 9 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • May 9 Juan José Pizzuti, Argentine soccer striker and manager (12 caps; Racing Club de Avellaneda), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • May 10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • May 13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • May 14 Shirley Spork, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 16 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player and coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • May 22 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), born in Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • May 24 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jun 7 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • Jun 10 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-born footballer (d. 2002)
  • Jun 12 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Jun 16 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests; top score 258; 732 first class games), born in Riding Mill, Northumberland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, born in Victor, Iowa (d. 2009)
  • Jul 3 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik), born in Teuven, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • Jul 6 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Jul 9 Red Kelly, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach; politician (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Simcoe, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • Jul 10 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1989)
  • Jul 16 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) and president (MCC), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England (d. 2016)
  • Jul 18 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • Jul 22 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), born in Brakpan, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • Jul 26 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), born in Karachi, Sind, British India (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (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 15 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 25 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Sep 2 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Lech am Arlberg, Austria
  • Sep 17 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)

Person of interestTommy Lasorda

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

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • Sep 22 Gordon Astall, English footballer, born in Horwich
  • Sep 25 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • Sep 29 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • Oct 6 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), born in Eureka, South Dakota (d. 2002)
  • Oct 6 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Oct 8 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Oct 10 Clairmonte Depeiaza, West Indian cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955), born in Mount Standfast, Saint James Parish, Barbados (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), born in Alice, Texas (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 Sedgman, Australian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles, doubles Grand Slam 1951), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 30 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), born in Coushatta, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • Nov 1 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • Nov 6 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1998)
  • 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 13 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Nov 21 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Nov 27 Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer (d. 1987)

Person of interestVin Scully

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

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • Dec 2 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • Dec 2 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Dec 8 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN) born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Dec 25 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • Dec 29 Andy Stanfield, American sprinter & Olympic medalist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)

About 1927

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