On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 25

  • 1845 Lip Pike, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1852 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", born in Caneadea, Allegany County, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1897 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Peder Lunde Sr., Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952), born in Nordstrand, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1924 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Don Liddle, American baseball player, born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2000)

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1926 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

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  • 1932 K. C. Jones, American basketball point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA champion 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas
  • 1933 Ray Spencer, English footballer, born in Kings Norton, Birmingham (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Irena Szewińska, Polish 200m runner (Olympic Gold 1964, 68, 76), born in Leningrad, Russian SSR, Soviet Union

  • 1949 Lalith Kaluperuma, Sri Lankan cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1953 D. A. Weibring Jr, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2008), born in Quincy Illinois
  • 1953 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer, born in Chacabuco, Argentina
  • 1962 Zulqarnain, Pakistani cricketer (last person in alphabetical order to play Test), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1964 David Shaw, Canadian NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
  • 1965 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Bill Haselman, American MLB catcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1966 Dave Hollins, American MLB infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1967 Luc Nilis, Belgian soccer player (RSC Anderlecht/PSV), born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1967 Ruthie Bolton, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lucedale, Mississippi
  • 1968 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Shawn Bouwens, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1970 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 Heather Simmons-Carrasco, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic alt-96), born in Mountain View, California
  • 1970 Joey Eischen, American MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in West Covina, California
  • 1970 Robert Croft, Welsh cricket spin bowler, broadcaster (England 21 Tests, 49 wickets; Sky Sports), born in Morriston, Swansea
  • 1971 Alan Kline, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Tiffin, Ohio
  • 1971 Keith Hamilton, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1971 Larry Thompson, CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, BC Lions), born in Snyder, Texas

  • 1971 Tim Kroeker, Canadian 110m hurdler (Olympics 1996), born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1972 Antonio Lang, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972 Tony Ronaldson, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics gold 2006), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1973 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Jeff Smith, American football cornerback (Scotland Claymores, KC Chiefs), born in Decatur, Tennessee
  • 1973 Josée Corbeil, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  • 1973 María José Gaidano, Argentine tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1973 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • 1974 Dennis Stallings, American football linebacker (Tennessee Oilers), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1975 Adam Saathoff, American running target (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1976 Tarik Glenn, American football offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ (a Guinness World Record for the longest radio DJ marathon ever, lasting 198 hours of non-stop broadcasting), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1978 Brian Urlacher, American football player (Chicago Bears), born in Pasco, Washington
  • 1979 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1979 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • 1979 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1980 David Navarro, Spanish footballer, born in Sagunto, Spain
  • 1982 Adam Boyd, English footballer, born in Hartlepool, England
  • 1982 Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1982 Ryan Gallant, American professional skateboarder, born in Southboro, Massachusetts
  • 1984 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
  • 1984 Shawne Merriman, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986 Yoan Gouffran, French footballer, born in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France
  • 1987 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer, born in Liedekerke, Belgium
  • 1987 Yves De Winter, Belgian football goalkeeper, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1992 Kendall Coyne Schofield, American hockey player (2018 Olympi Gold), born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • 1994 Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman, American gymnast (two-time Olympic medalist, Fierce Five, Final Five), born in Needham, Massachusetts