On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 26

  • 1878 A W "Dave" Nourse, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket)
  • 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, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)

Person of interestPaul Newman

1925 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1927 Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Buddy Melges, American sailor (Olympic gold 1972) and America's Cup skipper (America3), born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • 1933 Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • 1934 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bob Uecker, catcher/actor (Mr Belvedere), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Henry Jordan, American NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1940 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1943 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Coro, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Mick Hill, Australian cricketer (NSW all-rounder 1964-75), born in Greensborough, Australia
  • 1947 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), born in Santa Rosa, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Golčův Jeníkov, Czechia

  • 1952 Thomas Edward Henderson, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Newberry, South Carolina,
  • 1954 Kim Hughes, Australian cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84), born in Margaret River, Australia
  • 1954 (Kimberly) Kim "Claggy" Hughes, Australian cricketer, born in Margaret River, Australia
  • 1957 Ashok Malhotra, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman in 7 Tests 1982-84), born in Amritsar, India
  • 1957 Shivlal Yadav, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner 102 Test wickets 1979-87), born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1958 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer, born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico (d. 1982)
  • 1960 Gary Plummer, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Fremont, California
  • 1960 Jeanette Bolden, American 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestWayne Gretzky

1961 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey hall of fame 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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1962 Roshan Guneratne, Sri Lankan cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka (d. 2005)
  • 1962 Tim May, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95), born in North Adelaide, Australia
  • 1962 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer, born in Cordoba, Argentina
  • 1963 Simon O'Donnell, Australian cricketer (Deniliquin NSW ODI all-rounder 1985-90), born in Deniliquin, Australia
  • 1963 José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager (Chelsea), born in Setúbal, Lisbon
  • 1965 Lou Frazier, American baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Tim McDonald, American football safety (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1965 Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet gymnast, born in Norilsk, Russia
  • 1967 Jeff Branson, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Waynesboro, Mississippi
  • 1967 Tim Pugh, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, KC Royals), born in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1968 Eric Davis, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1968 Reggie Jordan, American NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Chris Pringle, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (14 Tests; 64 ODI), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970 Dan Carlson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1970 Dean Malkoc, Canadian NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Ronald Moore, American NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals), born in Chowchilla, California
  • 1971 Lee Naylor, Australian 400m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Min Tang, Chinese tennis player (1995 Futures-Canberra AUS), born in Hunan, China
  • 1972 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Tony Ramirez, American football tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1977 Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1977 Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made "Le dunk de la mort" (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1978 Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1978 Corina Morariu, American tennis player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1981 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian cyclist, born in Chascomús, Argentina
  • 1984 Iain Turner, Scottish footballer, born in Stirling, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • 1986 Gerald Green, American basketball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1989 Emily Hughes, American figure skater, born in Great Neck, New York