On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 27

  • 1852 Billy Barnes, English cricket all-rounder (21 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 134, 51 wickets, BB 6/28; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England (d. 1899)
  • 1863 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), born in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire (d. 1921)
  • 1863 Charles Wright, English cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests, 1 x 50; Cambridge Uni CC, Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Harewood, Yorkshire, England (d. 1936)
  • 1870 Lionel Palairet, British cricket batsman (2 Tests; Somerset CCC, Oxford Uni CC), born in Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England (d. 1933)
  • 1887 Frank Woolley, English cricket all-rounder (64 Tests, 5 x 100, 23 x 50, HS 154, 83 wickets, BB 7/76; Kent CCC), born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1904 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (Olympic gold triple jump 1932; only person to have held WRs in both long jump & triple jump), born in Sapporo, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Alec Brown, English snooker player (Daily Mail Gold Cup 1939, 40; News of the World 1951), born in London (d. 1995)

Sam Snead

1912 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), born in Ashwood, Virginia (d. 2002)

  • 1912 Terry Moore, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1942, 46; 4 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies 1954), born in Vernon, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricket batsman (9 Tests, 2 x 50; Canterbury), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1933 (Edward) "Ted" Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (Rogers Communications), MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), and philanthropist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Pleun Strik, Dutch soccer defender (8 caps, FIFA World Cup 1974 runner-up; PSV Eindhoven 270 games), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1947 Branko Oblak, Slovenian soccer midfielder (46 caps Yugoslavia; NK Olimpija, Hajduk Split, Schalke 04, Bayern Munich) and manager (Slovenia 2004-06), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1951 John Conteh, British boxer (WBC Light Heavyweight title 1974-77), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1954 Cathy Carr, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke [WR 1:13.58], 4×100m medley 1972), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1954 Jackie Slater, American Pro Football HOF offensive tackle (7 x Pro Bowl; LA / St. Louis Rams 1976–95), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1955 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests, 3 x 50; Central Districts), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1955 Abdelmalek Ali Messaoud, Algerian soccer defender (38 caps; USM Alger, USM Annaba), born in Annaba, Algeria (d. 2022)
  • 1956 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)
  • 1957 Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1976)
  • 1957 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1980), born in London, England
  • 1960 Ray Armsetad, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1960 Vinodhan John, cricket pace bowler (Sri Lankan in 6 Tests 1983-84)
  • 1960 Aleksandr Sidorenko, Ukrainian swimmer (Olympic gold USSR 400m IM 1980; World C'ship gold 200m IM 1982), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 2022)
  • 1961 Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976, 84, 88)
  • 1961 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • 1962 Ravi Shastri, Indian cricketer, all-rounder (1981-92), commentator and coach of India (2017-), born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India
  • 1962 Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1965 Jacob Brumfield, Bogalusa LA, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

Pat Cash

1965 Pat Cash, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1987), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1966 Eric Leckner, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1966 John Jaha, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966 Ray Sheppard, Pembroke, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1967 Chin Yang, Laos-born American jockey
  • 1967 Doug West, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1967 George McCloud, NBA forward/guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1967 Paul Gascoigne, English soccer midfielder (57 caps; Newcastle United, Tottenham H, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton), born in Gateshead, England
  • 1968 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Frank Thomas, "Big Hurt", 1st baseman (Chicago White Sox, 1993 MVP)
  • 1968 Jeff Bagwell, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (MLB All-Star 1994, 96, 97, 99; NL MVP 1994; Gold Glove Award 1994; Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Francois Letourneau, St Jerome Quebec, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Lesley Tashlin, 100m hurdler (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1970 Michael Blackburn, Australian laser sailor (Olympic bronze 2000), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Michele Bartoli, Italian cyclist
  • 1971 Ferdino Hernandez, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972 Antonio Freeman, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 1996; Pro Bowl 1998; First-team All-Pro 1998; Green Bay Packers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1972 Karen Hecox, US 1500m runner
  • 1972 Troy Sienkiewicz, NFL tackle/guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Danny Wuerffel, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1996, U of Florida; NFL: New Orleans Saints), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1975 Michael Hussey, Australian cricketer
  • 1976 Darrell Russell, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 99; First-Team All-Pro 1998; Oakland Raiders), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1976 Richard Park, Seoul Kor, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1977 Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete
  • 1977 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1978 Adin Brown, American soccer player
  • 1979 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • 1980 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1981 Johan Elmander, Swedish footballer
  • 1981 Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • 1981 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • 1983 Bobby Convey, American soccer player
  • 1985 Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1990 Ekaterina Zaikina, Russian figure skater
  • 1991 Beauden Barrett, New Zealand rugby union utility back (83 caps; World Male Rugby Player of the Year 2016, 17; Hurricanes 125 games), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • 1996 Minjee Lee, Australian golfer (Evian C'ship 2021; US Open 2022; 8 x LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, Australia