On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 26

  • 1858 Tom Garrett, Australian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, TS 51no, 34 wickets; NSW CA), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1881 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), born in Clones, Ireland (d. 1946)
  • 1892 "Sad" Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1923; World Series 1918, 23; Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees), born in Woodsfield, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), born in Nottingham (d. 1933)
  • 1907 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, born in Atkins, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • 1917 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Henley-on-Thames, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1922 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), born in Karachi, Sind, British India (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • 1931 Takashi Ono, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1931 Telê Santana, Brazilian soccer winger (Fluminense FC 557 games) and manager (Brazil, Flamengo, Fluminense, Palmeiras, São Paulo), born in Itabirito, Brazil (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Mauri, Spanish soccer midfielder (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao 246 games), born in Gernika, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), born in Utica, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1944 Micki J King, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1948 Allen Doyle, American golfer (4 PGA Senior major titles; US Senior Open 2005-06), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 1948 Norair Nurikian, Armenian-Bulgarian bantam weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Sliven, Bulgaria
  • 1950 Nelinho [Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1950 Rich Vogler, American race car driver, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1951 Bobby Wadkins, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1952 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan

Vitas Gerulaitis

1954 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Wimbledon doubles 1975), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)

Dorothy Hamill

1956 Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1957 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)

Wayne Grady

1957 Wayne Grady, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

  • 1958 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Olympic 4th 80), born in Pirna, Germany
  • 1960 LaTaunya Pollard, American baseball player (Olympics 1980, 84), born in East Chiacgo, Indiana
  • 1961 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1961 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Jody Reed, American infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1963 Marianne Berglund, Swedish cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas), born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1968 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Greg Colbrunn, American MLB infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Fontana, California
  • 1969 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1969 Marc Boutte, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1970 Kenny Wilhite, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Phil Alley, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm pace bowler), born in Orange, New South Wales
  • 1971 Neus Ávila, Spanish tennis star (Futures-Valencia-ESP 1995), born in Spain
  • 1971 Reggie Carthon, American CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1972 Ryan Christopherson, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1972 Sean Graham, CFL slot back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1972 Tydus Winans, American NFL and CFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins, Roughriders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Jean-François Bergeron, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1973 Peter Heijstek, Dutch soccer player (DFC/Dordrecht '90)
  • 1974 Dean Sturridge, English football striker, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1975 Joe Smith, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1977 Martin Laursen, Danish footballer (A.C. Milan), born in Fårvang, Denmark
  • 1979 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1979 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1983 Delonte West, American basketball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1984 Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper, born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1985 Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France