Birthdays in Sport on December 26

  • 1837 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician (US Senator - Connecticut 1905-11) and Baseball HOF administrator (NL President 1876), born in East Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1922)
  • 1883 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1904 Young Stribling, American boxer (vs Max Schmeling, Ring Magazine fight of the year 1931), born in Bainbridge, Georgia (d. 1933)
  • 1908 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), born in Klamath Falls, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician (Mayor of Manila, 1952-62), born in Talisay, Philippines (d. 1962)
  • 1913 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1924 Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director, 1974-2007), born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), born in Claremont, California (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), born in Elnora, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Stu Miller, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1952-68 (St. Louis Cardinals; New York/San Francisco Giants, and 3 other teams), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), born in Condobolin, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Martín Pando, Argentine soccer forward (11 caps; Argentinos Juniors, River Plate), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Barbara J Jacket, US athletic coach (Olympics 1972)
  • 1935 Rohan Kanhai, cricketer (one of West Indies' finest batsmen)
  • 1940 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • 1942 Alain Plantefol, French rugby union second rower (11 Tests; Racing CF, SU Agen), born in Colombes, France (d. 2022)
  • 1942 Barry Wood, English cricketer (England opener in early 70's)
  • 1947 Carlton Fisk, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 x MLB All Star; AL Rookie of the Year 1972; Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox), born in Bellows Falls, Vermont
  • 1948 Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
  • 1953 Matthew Harding, English businessman & soccer administrator (Chelsea Football Club), born in Haywards Heath, England
  • 1954 David Armstrong, English soccer midfielder (3 caps; Middlesbrough 359 games, Southampton 222 games), born in Durham, England (d. 2022)

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1954 American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All-Star; 13 x Gold Glove Award; World Series 1982; NL Silver Slugger Award 1987; NLCS MVP 1985; SD Padres, St Louis Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama

  • 1954 Susan Butcher, American dog musher and 4 x winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1954 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1958 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Lesley Tomlinson, English cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Derbyshire, England
  • 1964 Jeff King, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1965 Ben Husaby, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • 1965 Kathleen Nord, German swimmer (Olympic gold GDR 200m butterfly 1988; World C'ship gold 400m medley 1986), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1966 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Ken Tanigawa, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2019), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1967 Tony Covington, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1968 Darren Barber, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Slovakian tennis star (1994 Futures-GER), born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1970 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Mark Lathwell, English cricketer (England opening batsman v Australia 1993), born in Bletchley, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Derrick Cullors, American football running back (New England Patriots), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer, born in Coronel Dorrego Partido, Argentina
  • 1973 Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tequesta, Florida
  • 1974 Tony Brackens, American football defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1975 Marcelo Rios, Chilean tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1978 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan
  • 1979 Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1979 Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1984 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker, born in Sterzing, Italy
  • 1990 Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer, born in Caerphilly, United Kingdom