Birthdays in Sport on September 26

  • 1876 Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1964)
  • 1884 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Molesworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Alfred Lane, American sharp shooter (Olympic gold 1912, 20), born in New York (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Patillas, Puerto Rico (d. 2011)
  • 1907 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Bobby Shantz, American baseball player (1952 AL MVP), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman), born in Bombay, India (d. 1983)
  • 1935 Bob Barber, English cricketer (dashing England lefty bat in 28 Tests 1960-68), born in Withington, Manchester
  • 1942 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German long jumper and relayer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1943 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (75 Tests), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1943 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia
  • 1947 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Steve Butler, American racing driver

  • 1959 Rich Gedman, American baseball player
  • 1960 Bret Erickson, Bennington Nebraska, US trap (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96)
  • 1963 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan athlete (World marathon champion 1987, Olympic silver 1988), born in Mombasa, Kenya
  • 1964 Bobby Joe Edmonds, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1964 Dave Martinez, outfielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1964 Gerrie Slagboom, Dutch soccer player: Dordrecht '90
  • 1964 Robin Hood, Mishawaka IN, LPGA golfer (1989 Planters Pat Bradley)
  • 1966 Craig Heyward, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Francisco Andreu, Dearborn Mich, road cyclist (Olympic 4th 1988, 96)
  • 1967 Craig Janney, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Scott Schorer, Burke, Va, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer
  • 1969 Paul Warhurst, English footballer
  • 1970 Paul Laus, Beamsville, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1970 Trevor Ruffin, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1971 Elva Dryer, Durango Colorado, 1.5K/5K runner
  • 1971 Patterson Thompson, cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996)
  • 1972 Mark Haslam, cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992)
  • 1973 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • 1973 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player
  • 1973 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper
  • 1974 Alison Davies, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Gary Hall Jr, American 50m/100m/400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold/2 silver-96)
  • 1974 Katie Kauffman, West Lawn Pa, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Martin Muursepp, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1976 Michael Ballack, German footballer
  • 1978 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 1979 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1979 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • 1979 Jon Harley, English footballer
  • 1980 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver
  • 1980 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players

Person of interestSerena Williams

1981 Serena Williams, American tennis star (23 Grand Slam singles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
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  • 1982 Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Rob Burrow, English rugby league player
  • 1983 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer
  • 1988 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater