Birthdays in Sport on February 26

  • 1851 Mordecai Sherwin, English cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 7 dismissals; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Kimberley, England (d. 1910)
  • 1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1926 Chicago Cubs; Triple Crown 1915, 16, 20; 6 × NL wins & strikeout leader; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Elba, Nebraska (d. 1950)
  • 1900 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rawa Mazowiecka, Russian Empire (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1916 Ross Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, American baseball pitcher (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Ash Flat, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1920 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • 1920 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Bill Johnston, Australian cricket fast/spin bowler (40 Tests, 160 wickets @ 23.91; Victoria), born in Beeac, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Everton Weekes, West Indian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), born in Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Efraín Sánchez, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; San Lorenzo) and manager (Columbia), born in Barranquilla, Colombia (d. 2020)
  • 1930 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • 1935 Dorval Rodrigues, Brazilian soccer right winger (13 caps; Santos FC, SE Palmeiras), born in Porto Alegre, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • 1936 José Yudica, Argentine soccer forward (4 caps; Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors) and manager (Newell's Old Boys, Quilmes), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Keith Thomson, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968), born in Methven, New Zealand
  • 1945 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach & politician, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1945 Jan Klijnjan, Dutch soccer attacking midfielder (11 caps; FC Dordrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Sochaux), born in Papendrecht, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1945 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion, born in Richmond, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1946 Colin Bell, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), born in Hesleden, England (d. 2021)
  • 1955 Rupert Keegan, English Formula One racing car driver, born in Essex, England
  • 1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Joe Mullen, American Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1989, Calgary Flames; Pittsburgh Penguins 1991, 92; NHL All Star 1988, 89), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1959 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1962 Dave Palone, American harness racing trainer & driver (US Pacing Triple Crown 1996, 2005), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Sheila Cornell, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Donald Narcisse, American CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 1967 David Howard, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1967 Roman Fortin, American NFL center (Atlanta Falcons), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1967 Scott Service, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968 Chris Green, American NFL safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • 1968 J. T. Snow, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Leif Rohlin, Swedish NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vasteras, Sweden
  • 1969 Brandon Wilson, American baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Gaborone, Botswana
  • 1970 Ben Maruquin, American field hockey sweeper (Olympics 1996), born in Ventura, California
  • 1970 Sasha Danilovic, Serbian NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1971 Rick Lyle, American football defensive end (NY Jets), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1972 Clint McDaniel, American NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Scott Turner, American politician & NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Richardson, Texas
  • 1973 Jenny Thompson, American 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Marshall Faulk, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1973 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian football player & manager, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • 1974 Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver, born in Haguenau, France
  • 1975 Cindy Werley, American field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Mike Wilson, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Brampton, Canada
  • 1976 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1977 Josh Towers, American baseball pitcher, born in Port Hueneme, California
  • 1977 Shane Williams MBE, Welsh rugby scrum half (87 caps Wales, 4 British & Irish Lions; Neath, Ospreys), born in Morriston, Swansea, Wales
  • 1977 Tim Thomas, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1978 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • 1978 Marc Hynes, British racing driver, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver, born in San Basilio, Argentina
  • 1979 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer, born in Guimarães, Portugal
  • 1980 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Kertus Davis, American auto racer (competition director NASCAR team JD Motorsports), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1982 Katherine Hull Kirk, Australian golfer (British Open 2010 runner-up; 3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland

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1982 Li Na, Chinese tennis player (French Open 2011, Australian Open 2014), born in Wuhan, China

  • 1984 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer, born in Lomé, Togo
  • 1986 Makelele, Brazilian footballer, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1994 Ahmet Çalık, Turkish soccer centre-back (8 caps; Gençlerbirliği, Galatasaray, Konyaspor), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2022)
  • 2000 Maggie Mac Neil, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold women's 100m butterfly 2020; World C'ship gold 2019), born in Jiujiang, China