On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 26

  • 1884 Walter "Doc" Meanwell, English Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Wisconsin 1911–1917, 1920–1934), born in Leeds, England (d. 1953)
  • 1887 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), born in Aulnay-sur-lton, France (d. 1915)
  • 1919 K C Ibrahim, Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests, 1 x 50, HS 85; Bombay CA), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2007)

Paul Newman

1925 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), auto racer and team owner (Newman/Haas Racing) and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

  • 1930 Buddy Melges, American sailor (Olympic gold Soling 1972; 5 x world champion; America's Cup skipper, America3 1992), born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • 1933 Ercole Baldini, Italian road cyclist (Olympic gold road race 1956; Giro d'Italia 1958; Road Race World C'ships gold 1958), born in Villanova di Forlì, Italy
  • 1934 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bob Uecker, American baseball catcher (Milwaukee Braves, St.L Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves), actor ("Mr Belvedere") and broadcaster (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Henry Jordan, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1967, 68; 7 × All-Pro; 4 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, GB Packers), born in Emporia, Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1943 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (hit 7-for-7 in single game without making an out 1970, Detroit Tigers), born in Coro, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), born in Santa Rosa, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech athlete (World C'ship gold 400/800m 1983; Olympic silver 400m 1980), born in Golčův Jeníkov, Czech Republic

Kim Hughes

1954 Kim Hughes, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (70 Tests, 9 x 100, HS 213; 97 ODIs, 17 x 50; Western Australia CA, Natal), born in Margaret River, Australia

  • 1957 Ashok Malhotra, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 1 x 50, HS 72), born in Amritsar, India
  • 1957 Shivlal Yadav, Indian cricket spin bowler (35 Tests, 102 wickets, BB 5/76; Hyderabad), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1958 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer (WBC, lineal featherweight title 1980-82), born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico (d. 1982)
  • 1960 Jeanette Bolden, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m 1984), born in Los Angeles, California

Wayne Gretzky

1961 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87, 88; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1980–87, 89; Art Ross Trophy [scoring champion] 1981–87, 90, 91, 94; Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings), born in Brantford, Ontario

  • 1962 Tim May, Australian cricket spin bowler (24 Tests, 75 wickets, BB 5/9; South Australia CA), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1962 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine soccer defender (97 caps; Boca Juniors, River Plate, Real Madrid, San Lorenzo) and manager (San Lorenzo, Guadalajara, Independiente, Elche), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1963 Simon O'Donnell, Australian cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/37; 87 ODIs, 108 wickets; Victoria CA), born in Deniliquin, Australia
  • 1963 José Mourinho, Portuguese soccer manager (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Roma), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1965 Natalia Yurchenko, Russian gymnast, (World C'ship gold USSR team, all-round 1983, team 1985), born in Norilsk, Russia
  • 1968 Eric Davis, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96; All-Pro 1995–97; Super Bowl 1994 SF 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Chris Pringle, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (14 Tests, 30 wickets, BB 7/52; 64 ODIs, 103 wickets; Auckland CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1977 Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player (Australian Open, French Open mixed doubles 1998; Hopman Cup 1997), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1977 Vince Carter, American basketball forward (8 x NBA All Star; NBA Rookie of the Year 1999, Toronto Raptors; Olympic gold 2000), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1978 Corina Morariu, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1999; Australian Open mixed doubles 2001), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1984 Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold women's 100m breaststroke 2004; World C'ship gold x 5), born in Hangzhou, China
  • 1986 Gerald Green, American basketball guard (NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 2007, Minnesota Timberwolves; Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets), born in Houston, Texas