Birthdays in Sport on May 26

  • 1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion (d. 1917)
  • 1876 Jack Root, boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1943 Erica G Terpstra, Dutch swimmer and politician (VVD)
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, cricketer (no relation to Gordon, WI opener 1972-74)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • 1963 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1964 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)
  • 1965 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1966 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • 1966 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • 1967 Jean Bartholomew, LPGA golfer (1989 Duke U Champ), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1968 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • 1970 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Lewis Capes, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, Dunedin NZ, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1976 Markus Wieland, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • 1988 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer