On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 27

  • 1879 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1880 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, born in Muscotah, Kansas (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), born in Obi Obi, Australia (d. 1976)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

1906 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34; NY Yankees, St.L Cardinals) and manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants; 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1907 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, British philanthropist, art collector, and racehorse owner, born in Sutton, Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Jack Iverson, Australian cricket mystery spinner (late 40's), born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 1973)
  • 1933 Roger Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman vs England 1959), born in Otahuhu, Auckland
  • 1934 André Abadie, French rugby union front rower (7 caps; SC Rieumois, SC Graulhetois, SC Albi), born in Toulouse, France (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Billy McCullough, Northern Irish footballer, born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles champion; Wimbledon singles 1966 runner-up), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist, born in Nueil-les-Aubiers, Deux-Sèvres, France
  • 1948 Peggy Fleming, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1968, 3-time world champion), born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 André Dupont, Quebec ice hockey player, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

  • 1952 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator, born in Helsinki, Finland

Person of interestAllan Border

1955 Allan Border, Australian cricketer (captain of Australia team), born in Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia

Cricketer Allan Border
Cricketer
Allan Border

Person of interestChristopher Dean

1958 Christopher Dean, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean; Olympic gold 1984), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
  • 1959 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • 1960 Jo Durie, English tennis player, born in Bristol
  • 1961 Ed Orgeron, American College football coach (NCAA National C'ship 2019, Louisiana State University), born in Larose, Louisiana
  • 1963 Jason Buck, American NFL defensive end (Scottish Claymores), born in Moses lake, Washington
  • 1965 José Luis Chilavert, Paraguayan footballer, born in Luque, Paraguay
  • 1966 Al Charron, Canadian rugby union forward, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1967 Craig Wolanin, American NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1967 Emiel van Eijkeren, Dutch soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1967 Jeff Novak, American NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1967 Neil Smith, English cricketer (Warwickshire & England A all-rounder), born in Solihull, Warwickshire
  • 1968 Christina Singer, German tennis star (1991 Futures GBR), born in Goppingen, Germany
  • 1968 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1968 Ricardo Rosset, Brazilian Formula One driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1969 Jason Woolley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Linda Burgess, American basketball forward (L.A. Sparks), born in Madison, Alabama
  • 1970 Tom Europe, Canadian football defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Brennon James Dowric, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1992, 96)

  • 1972 Bryce Bevill, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Hyattsville, Maryland
  • 1972 Clint Robinson, Australian K-1 1k canoeist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972 Jill Arrington, American sports reporter, born in Conyers, Georgia
  • 1973 Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • 1975 Alex Rodriguez, American MLB shortstop (14-time All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Alessandro Pistone, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1975 Shea Hillenbrand, American baseball player, born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1976 Mwadi Mabika, WNBA guard and forward (LA Sparks), born in Kinshasa, Zaire
  • 1976 Scott Mason, Australian cricketer, born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1976 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), born in Hoensbroek, Limburg (d. 2019)
  • 1979 Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer (second Mexican to win world titles in 4 weight divisions), born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1980 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1980 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), born in Rockerville, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1981 Susan King Borchardt, American basketball player, born in Richfield, Minnesota
  • 1981 Collins Obuya, Kenyan cricket all-rounder (104 ODIs, 35 wickets, 11 x 50), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1983 Goran Pandev, Macedonian footballer (captain of the Macedonian national team), born in Strumica, Yugoslavia
  • 1986 Courtney Kupets, American gymnast (World Championships champion 2002, 2003), born in Bedford, Texas
  • 1988 Ryan Tannehill III, American football quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans; NFL passer rating leader 2019), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1988 Adam Biddle, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia

Person of interestJordan Spieth

1993 Jordan Spieth, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 2015; British Open 2017), born in Dallas, Texas

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth