On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 27

  • 1852 Billy Barnes, English cricketer (England all-rounder 1880-90), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (d. 1899)
  • 1863 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), born in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire (d. 1921)
  • 1870 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (elegant England bat in the Golden Age), born in Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England (d. 1933)
  • 1887 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder), born in Tonbridge, Kent (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 track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Alex Brown, English snooker player, born in London (d. 1995)

Person of interestSam Snead

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

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1912 Terry Moore, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Vernon, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1926 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1942 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1947 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljan, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1951 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • 1954 Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1972)
  • 1954 Jackie Slater, American football player
  • 1955 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 2020)

  • 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestPat Cash

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

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 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, soccer player
  • 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)
  • 1969 Travis Williams, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 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 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 (ANA Inspiration 2017 3rd, 5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, West Australia