On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 27

  • 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. 1992)
  • 1915 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • 1936 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1942 Byron Browne, baseball player
  • 1947 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1950 Roberto Bettega, Italian footballer
  • 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)
  • 1959 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 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
  • 1962 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 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)
  • 1963 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 Randy Kirk, NFL outside linebacker (AZ Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Steve Wallace, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs)
  • 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 Suzanne Paxton, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1969 Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver
  • 1970 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • 1971 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1971 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1971 Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 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 David Dunn, English footballer
  • 1979 Carson Palmer, American football player
  • 1980 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • 1983 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • 1984 Gilles Simon, French tennis player
  • 1985 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • 1985 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 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