On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 25

  • 1908 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), born in Elland, Yorkshire, England (d. 1987)

Woody Strode

1914 Woody Strode, American football end (LA Rams, Calgary Stampeders) and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

  • 1925 Alistair Taylor, South African cricketer (one Test as opening bat for South Africa 1956), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, born in Lowell, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1935 Larry Sherry, American baseball pitcher (World Series MVP 1959, LA Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  • 1940 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)

Nate Thurmond

1941 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

Walter Payton

1954 Walter Payton, American Pro Football HOF running back (NFL MVP 1977; 9 x Pro Bowl; 5 x First Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

  • 1957 Bogdan Musioł, German bobsledder (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Świętochłowice, Silesia, Poland
  • 1960 Alain Robidoux, Canadian snooker player, born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1962 Doug Drabek, American MLB pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1990), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1962 Mike Buncic, American discus thrower, born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1963 Julian Hodgson, English chess player, born in London
  • 1964 José Bautista, Dominican baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1964 Tony Granato, American NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1965 Torey Lovullo, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967 Dave Jareckie, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1967 Ed Sprague Jr., American baseball infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1969 Andrea Wieland, American field hockey goaltender (Olympics 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Jon Barry, American NBA guard (LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, Virginia
  • 1971 Tracy Murray, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors, Wash Wizards), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Kevin Phillips, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1974 Todd Fuller, American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1975 Jean-Claude Darcheville, French footballer, born in Sinnamary, French Guiana, France
  • 1976 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1977 Kenny Thomas, American basketball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1978 Gerard Warren, American football player, born in Lake City, Florida
  • 1979 Ali Carter, English professional snooker player, born in Colchester, Essex
  • 1980 Toni Vilander, Finnish auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro class 2012, 14; FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers 2014; FIA GT C'ship GT2 class 2007, 08), born in Kankaanpää, Finland
  • 1980 Shawn Riggans, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1981 Conor Casey, American soccer player (Colorado Rapids), born in Dover, New Hampshire
  • 1981 Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1982 Monde Zondeki, South African cricketer, born in King William's Town, Cape Province
  • 1984 Loukas Mavrokefalidis, Greek basketball player, born in Jeseník, Czechoslovakia
  • 1985 Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian auto racer (Formula E champion 2014-15), born in Heidelberg, West Germany
  • 1988 Anthony Stokes, Irish soccer striker (9 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic FC), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 2001 Bryce Young, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2021, University of Alabama), born in Pasadena, California