Birthdays in Sport on December 27

  • 1887 Sir John Layton Jarvis, English thoroughbred race horse trainer (9 x British Classic Races; 3 x British flat racing Champion Trainer), born in Newmarket, England (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • 1899 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)
  • 1900 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Neville Crump, British racehorse trainer, born in Beckenham, Kent, England (d. 1997) [1]
  • 1915 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), born on Long Island, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Dave Marr, American golfer (PGA Championship 1965), and broadcaster, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)

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1934 Ukrainian gymnast (winner most Olympic medals in her sport [18]; 9 x gold USSR 1956, 1960, 1964; World C'ship gold x 9), born in Kherson, Ukraine

  • 1936 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), born in Peñacastillo, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Phil Sharpe, English cricket batsman (12 Tests, 1 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 111; Yorkshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC), born in Shipley, England (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1940 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (92 Tests 1985–2005; 172 ODIs 1983–2005), born in Bideford, England (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1942 Byron Browne, baseball player
  • 1947 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1950 Roberto Bettega, Italian soccer forward (42 caps; Juventus 326 games, 129 goals), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1952 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • 1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver
  • 1956 Doina Melinte, Romanian running star (world record 1500 m/mile indoor)
  • 1957 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • 1958 Steve Jones, American golfer (US Open 1996, 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Artesia, New Mexico
  • 1959 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1962 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1962 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962 Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1992, British Open 2006), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Timothy Hacker, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • 1963 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1964 Steve Wallace, American football player, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Alabama, Georgia
  • 1965 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • 1966 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • 1968 Dean Palmer, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver
  • 1969 Suzanne Paxton, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1970 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • 1971 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1971 Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 1971 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1972 Charles Way, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)
  • 1976 Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1979 Carson Palmer, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2002, USC; Pro Bowl 2005, 06, 15; Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1979 David Dunn, English footballer
  • 1980 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • 1983 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • 1984 Gilles Simon, French tennis player (world #6 2009; Davis Cup 2017), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1985 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • 1985 Paul Stastny, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL All-Rookie 2007; NHL All-Star 2011; Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, LV Golden Knights), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1986 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold 100m 2008, 12; 9 x World C'ship gold), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1988 Rick Porcello, American baseball player
  • 1990 Luis Trujillo, Peruvian Football Player
  • 1990 Milos Raonic, Canadian tennis player (8 ATP titles), born in Titograd, Montenegro