On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 27

  • 1881 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1906; 1st President International Hall of Fame 1954), born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, born in Spencer House, London (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), born in Zittau, Saxony, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1934 Dick Schaap, sportscaster/author (Bo Knows Bo, Instant Replay)
  • 1935 Jerome Shipp, American basketball (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1935 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, born in Ridgeway, South Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1935 John Stanford, American college baseball coach/administrator (Middle Tennessee), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Al MacNeil, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1970-71), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Person of interestKathy Whitworth

1939 Kathy Whitworth, American golfer (7-time LPGA Player of Year, 6 major titles, record 88 LPGA Tour wins), born in Monahans, Texas

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1940 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1941 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer striker (17 caps; Standard de Liège), born in Warsage, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1941 Peter Bonetti, English soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; World Cup 1966; Chelsea 600 games), born in London, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestMike Schmidt

1949 Mike Schmidt, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (NL MVP 1980-81, 86; 12-time MLB All Star), born in Dayton, Ohio

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

  • 1952 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1953 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • 1957 Bill Athey, cricketer (England batsman in 23 Tests 1980-88)
  • 1957 Richard Vagg, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Gavin Larsen, New Zealand cricket fast/medium bowler (8 Tests, 24 wickets; 121 ODIs, 113 wickets; chairman selectors), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1963 Caren Metschuck, German DR, 100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1965 Steve Kerr, American basketball guard, head coach (5 NBA titles as player Chicago Bulls, SA Spurs - 3 as coach GS Warriors), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1967 Jason Dungjen, pairs skater (with partner Kyoko Ina), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Uche Okechukwu, Nigerian international soccer player
  • 1968 Mark Bradtke, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1968 Rob Moore, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Scott Conover, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Laura Wilson, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Utica, New York
  • 1969 Lester Holmes, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Robert Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Alonzo Spellman, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Erik Smit, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972 Clara Hughes, cyclist (Olympics 2 bronze-96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • 1972 Laurie Shepard, Cordele, GA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1972 Malachy Loye, cricketer (Northamptonshire & England "A" batsman)
  • 1972 Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
  • 1972 Bibian Mentel-Spee, Dutch para-snowboarding athlete (Winter Paralympics gold snowboard cross 2014, 18; banked slalom 2018; 5 x gold World C'ship), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • 1973 Larry McSeed, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Tina Nicholson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1974 Edward Thomas, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1975 Ed Gray, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1975 Tajama Abraham, WNBA center (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1976 Francesco Totti, Italian footballer
  • 1976 Jason Phillips, American baseball player
  • 1977 Andrus Värnik, Estonian javelin thrower
  • 1978 Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • 1979 Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • 1979 Christian Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1979 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1981 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • 1981 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1984 John Lannan, American baseball player
  • 1986 Ricardo Risatti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1989 Park Tae-Hwan, South Korean swimmer
  • 1991 Adam Chicksen, English Football Player
  • 1991 Simona Halep, Romanian tennis player (French Open 2018, Wimbledon 2019), born in Constanța, Romania