On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 27

  • 1859 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1910 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), born in Ripley, North Yorkshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1932 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), born in Udine, Italy (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1939 Maurice Petty, American auto racing crew chief, engine builder and team owner (Petty Enterprises, International Motorsports & NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Level Cross, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tulln District, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), born in Rockville, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1946 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1947 Doug Wilkerson, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1980–82; First-team All-Pro 1982; SD Chargers), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1950 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal

  • 1956 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1956 Thomas Wassberg, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1980, 84, 88), born in Lennartsfors, Värmland, Sweden
  • 1960 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney
  • 1960 Hans Pflügler, German footballer, born in Freising, Germany
  • 1961 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • 1961 Tony Rominger, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Vejle, Denmark
  • 1963 Ed Pinckney, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1963 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • 1966 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967 Jaime Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1967 Tom Hammonds, American NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1968 Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete (world record 1992), born in Angarsk, Russia
  • 1969 Tom Beer, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1972 Kirby Dar Dar, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • 1972 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1973 Serge Tremblay, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in La Malbaie, Canada
  • 1974 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1975 B. J. Gallis, CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter, born in Belgium
  • 1976 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian football player and manager (Al-Duhail), born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1977 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Bergeijk, Netherlands
  • 1977 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1979 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1981 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • 1985 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • 1986 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • 1987 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sydney, Canada