Birthdays in Sport on February 27

  • 1862 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • 1902 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920)
  • 1902 Gene Sarazen, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)
  • 1904 André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • 1910 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1920 Reg Simpson, cricketer (prolific England opener 1948-55), (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, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1937 L Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1939 Lester King, cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts)
  • 1939 Peter Revson, auto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)
  • 1943 Klaus Köste, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • 1947 Ashley Woodcock, cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27)
  • 1952 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
  • 1958 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1960 Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
  • 1960 John van Grinsven, soccer player (MVV)

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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, pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962 Veronica Ribot-Canales, US diver (Olympics-96), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1963 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star
  • 1964 April Heinrichs, Littleton Colo, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96)
  • 1964 Richard de Vries, soccer player (De Graafschap)
  • 1965 Sandra Cecchini, Bologna Italy, tennis star (1995 Warsaw doubles)
  • 1966 Chris Howard, US baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1966 Pete Smith, US baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets)
  • 1967 Dallas Eakins, Dade City, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1967 Frantisek Kaberle, Brno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1967 Robert Kron, Brno Cze, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Loy Vaught, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1968 Mike Sullivan, Marshfield, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Ron Cox, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Greg Stevenson, Sherbrooke Quebec, rower (Olympics-11-92, 96)
  • 1969 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Robert Molenaar, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1969 Willie Banks, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1970 David White, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey
  • 1971 Ivan Robinson, US boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jaroslav Modry, Ceske-budejovice C, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Rich Tylski, guard/center (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973 Terence Davis, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1974 Chris Dishman, guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Jim Maher, cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side)
  • 1975 Duce Staley, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1975 Marcus Robinson, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1975 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • 1976 Tony Gonzalez, tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • 1978 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • 1981 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete
  • 1983 Devin Harris, American basketball player
  • 1984 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer
  • 1984 David Noel, American basketball player
  • 1985 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian Footballer