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 Baseball HOF shortstop (World Series 1907, 08 Chicago Orphans/Cubs) and manager (Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs), 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)

Leo Durocher

1906 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34 (NY Yankees, St.Louis Cardinals, and 2 other teams), manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants), and coach (World Series 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

  • 1907 Mollie Phillips, British figure skater and judge (first woman to referee a world championship), born in London, England (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

Allan Border

1955 Allan Border, Australian Cricket Batsman (156 Tests [93 as captain]; 11,174 runs @ 50.56; 27 x 100s; TS 205; 273 ODIs), born in Sydney, Australia

Christopher Dean

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

  • 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 soccer goalkeeper (74 caps; San Lorenzo, CA Vélez Sarsfield), 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 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)
  • 1971 Lehlo Ledwaba, South African boxer (IBF super bantamweight title 1999-2001), born in Soweto, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 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

Alex Rodriguez

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

Jordan Spieth

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