On This Day

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)
  • 1925 Shirley Wilson, American football coach (Elon University 1967-76; Duke University 1979-82; 88–61–3), born in Madison, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1940 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German long jumper and relayer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1943 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, broadcaster (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1943 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia

  • 1947 Dick Roth, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 400m individual medley 1964), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Steve Butler, American racing driver, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1959 Rich Gedman, American baseball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Bret Erickson, American sport shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Blair, Nebraska
  • 1962 Steve Moneghetti, Australian marathoner (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1963 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan athlete (World marathon champion 1987, Olympic silver 1988), born in Mombasa, Kenya
  • 1964 Bobby Joe Edmonds, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Nashville, Tennessee,
  • 1964 Dave Martinez, American baseball outfielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1964 Derek Ho, American surfer (World C'ship 1993; Hawaiian Triple Crown 1984, 86, 88, 90), born in Kailua, Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1966 Francisco Andreu, American road cyclist (Olympic 4th 1988, 96), born in Dearborn, Michigan,
  • 1967 Craig Janney, American NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1969 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer, born in Fremantle, Australia
  • 1969 Paul Warhurst, English footballer, born in Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Paul Laus, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Beamsville, Canada
  • 1970 Trevor Ruffin, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Elva Dryer, American 1.5K/5K runner, born in Durango, Colorado
  • 1971 Patterson Thompson, West Indies cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1972 Mark Haslam, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992), born in Bury, United Kingdom
  • 1973 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California

  • 1973 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1974 Gary Hall Jr., American competition swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1974 Martin Muursepp, Estonian NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1976 Michael Ballack, German footballer, born in Görlitz, Germany
  • 1978 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • 1979 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (World bronze 95, Olympic gold 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1979 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 1979 Jon Harley, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver, born in Wolfsberg, Austria
  • 1980 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players, born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

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1981 Serena Williams, American tennis player (23 Grand Slam titles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

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  • 1982 Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer, born in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina
  • 1982 Rob Burrow, English rugby league halfback (England 15 Tests, GB 5 Tests; Super League C'ships 2004, 07-09, 11-12, 15, 17; Leeds Rhinos), born in Pontefract, England
  • 1983 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1988 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater, born in Tampere, Finland