On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 27

  • 1862 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • 1901 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), born in Argentina (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), born in Waterford, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1902 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), born in Saint-Ouen, France (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1920 Reg Simpson, English cricket batsman (27 Tests; best 156no v Australia 1951), born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • 1929 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1937 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah

  • 1939 Lester King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts), born in St Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1939 Peter Revson, American race car driver (1971 Indianapolis pole winner), born in New York City
  • 1943 Klaus Köste, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer (South African batting prodigy), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1947 Ashley Woodcock, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1957 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete, born in Ust-Tarksky District, Russia
  • 1958 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer, born in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 1960 Andres Gomez, Ecuadorian tennis player (Madrid Grand Prix-1990), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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1961 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

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  • 1962 Kory Tarpenning, American pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Argentinian-American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1963 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star, born in Perugia, Italy
  • 1964 April Heinrichs, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1966 Chris Howard, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • 1966 Pete Smith, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Abington, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Dallas Eakins, American-Canadian NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Dade City, Florida
  • 1967 Robert Kron, Czech NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Brno, Czechia
  • 1968 Loy Vaught, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1968 Mike Sullivan, American NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Greg Stevenson, Canadian rower (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec

  • 1969 Willie Banks, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1970 David White, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1970 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey, born in Maurice, Louisiana
  • 1971 Ivan Robinson, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jaroslav Modry, Czech NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in České Budějovice, Czechia
  • 1971 Rich Tylski, American football player (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Blaenavon, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Chris Dishman, American football offensive lineman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Cozad, Nebraska
  • 1974 Jimmy Maher, Australian cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side), born in Innisfail, Australia
  • 1975 Duce Staley, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1975 Marcus Robinson, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • 1975 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1976 Tony Gonzalez, American football tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Torrance, California
  • 1978 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • 1981 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
  • 1983 Devin Harris, American basketball player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1984 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer, born in Trångsund, Sweden
  • 1984 David Noel, American basketball player, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1985 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1993 Jessica Korda, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • 1994 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player, born in Xinghua, China