On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 26

  • 1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, English boxing champion, born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1876 Jack Root, Austrian-American boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion, born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek light heavyweight boxer, born in Mersin, Ottoman Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1980)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 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]
  • 1953 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player

  • 1961 Stephen Pate, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles, US Open 1988, US Masters 1990 3rd), born in Ventura, California
  • 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)
  • 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 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 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