On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 26

  • 1873 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • 1892 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), born in White Earth, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, born in Pryor, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Lefty Gomez, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Rodeo, California (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Foy Draper, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1936 WR 39.8s), born in Georgetown, Texas (d. 1943)
  • 1916 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • 1922 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), born in Beringen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1924 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner, 9-69 v Aust 1959), born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Don Tregonning, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1931 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1952, 60), born in Vallonara di Marostica, Italy
  • 1934 Lyudmila Shevtsova, Soviet 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Taman, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR
  • 1936 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Jeff Torborg, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1943 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian-American NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Fetsund, Norway

  • 1947 Larry Gura, American MLB baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1947 Richie Hebner, American baseball player, born in Norwood, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Galina Prozumenshchikova, Soviet 200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sevastopol, Russian SFSR
  • 1948 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia (d. 1995)
  • 1950 Jorge Orta, Mexican baseball second baseman and outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 80; Chicago WS), born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • 1952 Wendy Turnbell, Australian tennis player (1979,82 US Opens Double), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1953 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1955 Bob Walk, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1955 Jay Howell, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956 Dale Jarrett, American race car driver (Daytona 500 champion 1993, 96, 2000), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1956 Marty Smith, American motocross racer (AMA 125cc 1974, 75; AMA 500cc 1977), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)
  • 1959 Mike Moore, American baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • 1960 Harold Reynolds, American baseball player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1961 Dave Hannan, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche), born in Onaping Falls, Ontario
  • 1962 Chuck Finley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1962 Mike Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Southport, North Carolina
  • 1963 Mario Elie, American NBA forward and guard (Houston Rockets), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Al Smith, American former NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Jeff Jaeger, American NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1964 Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988, 94), born in Elm, Switzerland

  • 1966 Jay Berger, American tennis star, born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1966 Sue Wicks, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame forward (WNBA All Star 2000; NY Liberty), born in Center Moriches, New York
  • 1967 Ridley Jacobs, Antiguan cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian ODI 1996), born in Swetes Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1968 Steve Lofton, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1969 Sam Militello, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1969 Shawn Kemp, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1970 Greg Graham, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970 John Amaechi, English psychologist and NBA player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Mark Dixon, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1971 Emma Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Vince Danielsen, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Winky Wright, American professional boxer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 John Zimmerman, American pairs skater (with partner Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1974 Richard Ikeda, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1976 Brian Schneider, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1977 Ivan Basso, Italian cyclist, born in Gallarate, Province of Varese, Italy
  • 1977 John Parrish, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Paris Lenon, American football player, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1981 Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1981 Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player, born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan
  • 1984 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1986 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Icelandic weightlifter (World's Strongest Man 2018; deadlifting WR 501kg 2020) and actor ("The Mountain" Game of Thrones), born in Reykjavík, Iceland