On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 26

  • 1861 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1902 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Joe Fry, British racing driver, born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1950)
  • 1924 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Chinadorai Deshmutu, Indian field hockey player (1952 Olympics)
  • 1937 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Harald Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960), born in Frederikshavn, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1950 Chuck Foreman, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • 1950 T. E. Srinivasan, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1981), born in Chennai, India
  • 1950 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), born in Wanganui, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • 1957 Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962 Roger Kingdom, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Vienna, Georgia
  • 1963 Tony Casillas, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1964 Lawson Duncan, American tennis star, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1964 Vencie Glenn, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • 1965 Gil Heredia, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1965 Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman & latterly capt), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1965 Kim Cooper, Australian softball 3rd baseman and shortstop (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • 1965 Mark McLoughlin, CFL kicker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1965 Wayne Martin, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1966 Alex Pastoor, Dutch soccer midfielder (FC Volendam, Heerenveen) and manager (Slavia Prague, Sparta Rotterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1966 Olga Bicherova, Soviet gymnast (won title at 15 yrs 33 days), born in Moscow, Russian SFSR
  • 1966 Jeanne Zelasko, American journalist and sportcaster, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Bobby Houston, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Shelly Stokes, American softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968 Chris Oldham, American NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968 Nico-Jan Hoogma, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Heerenveen, Netherlands
  • 1969 Mark Sweeney, American MLB first baseman (St Louis Cardinals), born in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Mike Pritchard, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • 1970 Bert Emanuel, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1970 Jessie Armstead, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1970 Tom Vano, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1971 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Ronnie Irani, English cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996), born in Leigh, Lancashire, England
  • 1973 Brian Smith, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1973 Róbert Petrovický, Slovak NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1975 Katja Riipi, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Sodankylä, Finland
  • 1975 Tammy Cleland, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1976 Miikka Kiprusoff, Finnish NHL hockey player (San Jose Sharks), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1978 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer (Torquay United), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1980 Cristian Chivu, Romanian footballer, born in Reșița, Romania
  • 1982 Adam Carroll, Northern Irish racing driver, born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
  • 1983 Dmitri Sychev, Russian football player (FC Pyunik), born in Omsk, Soviet Union
  • 1983 Francisco Liriano, Dominican MLB pitcher, born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • 1983 Luke Watson, South African rugby player (Western Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1984 Sasha Cohen, American figure skater, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian footballer (PSV), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1984 Adriano Correia Claro, Brazilian footballer, born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • 1985 Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1985 Monta Ellis, American basketball player (Golden State Warriors), born in Jackson, Mississippi