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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for January 26

Last Updated 02-18-2021

🎭🏆⚾Bob Uecker -- is 87 in the year 2021 and 88 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1934
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Commercial Actor, Baseball Announcer, MLB Catcher
Names/Places: b. in Wilwaukee, WI
Misc: Ford C. Frick Award winner in 2003; Lite Beer commercials; sports comic
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Brewers (1962-1973), St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1967), Atlanta Braves (1967), Milwaukee Brewers (1971-present as of 2016)
TV Shows: Monday Night Baseball, Mr. Belvedere (as George Owens)

🏆🏈Jack Youngblood -- is 71 in the year 2021 and 72 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1950
Hall of Famer, NFL Defensive
Misc: 7x all pro, 5x First Team All-Pro; Super Bowl XIV; Rams #85 retired
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1971-1984)

🏆🏒Wayne Gretzky -- is 60 in the year 2021 and 61 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1961
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Canadian
Names/Places: MN: Douglas; b. in Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Misc: played 1978-1999; 8 straight Hart Trpohies; Edmonton Oliers and LA Kings Hockey megastar, Gretzky became the youngest player to score 50 or more goals and 100 or more points in a season; he scored 212 points in 1982; 10-time NHL scoring champion; 9-time regular season MVP (1979-87,89) and 9-time All-NHL first team; has scored 200 points or more in a season 4 times; led Edmonton to 4 Stanley Cups (1984-85,87-88); 2-time playoff MVP (1985,88); traded to LA Kings (Aug. 9, 1988); broke Gordie Howe's all-time NHL goal scoring record of 801 on Mar. 23, 1994; amassed (2-96) as an all-time NHL leader in points (2,587), goals (829) and assists (1,758); also all-time Stanley Cup leader in points (346), goals (110), season hat tricks (10) and assists (236)
Sports Teams: Indianapolis Racers (WHA), Edmonton Oilers (WHA), Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers

🏆Charles Sydney Smith -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1876 N.S. d.4/6/1951 N.S. (75)
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, English

🏆🏀Walter E. Meanwell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1884 N.S. d.12/2/1953 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Wisconsin-Madison (1911-1917, 1920-1934), University of Missouri (1918-1920)

🏆🏒Frank Nighbor -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1893 d.4/13/1966 (73)
Hall of Famer, NHL Forward, Canadian
Misc: played 1912-1930
Sports Teams: Toronto Blueshirts, Vancouver Millionaires, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs

🏆⚽Andrew Ault -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1900 d.12/6/1977 (77)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish
Misc: midfielder and forward

🏆🏌Henry Cotton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1907 d.12/22/1987 (80)
Hall of Famer, Golfer, English
Misc: British Open 1934, 1937, 1948

🏆⚽Bill Nicholson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1919 d.10/23/2004 (85)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, English
Misc: wing half and manager

🏆🏈Henry Jordan -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1935 d.2/21/1977 (42)
Hall of Famer, NFL Tackle
Misc: 4x Pro Bowl, 7x All-Pro, 5x NFL champ, 2x Super Bowl; in the Packers, Virginia Sports and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Virginia, Cleveland Browns (1957-1958), Green Bay Packers (1959-1969)

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🎵🎸🏆🏌Eddie Van Halen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1955 N.S. d.10/6/2020 N.S. (65)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Heavy Metal Guitarst, Heavy Metal Keybordist, Golfer, Dutch (Netherlands)
Names/Places: Alex's brother, Valerie Bertinelli's ex-
Misc: some say b. 1957 but Eddie sez he was turning 42 in 1997, making him born in 1955
Group Names: Van Halen (lead guitarist)
Song Titles: You Really Got Me, Dance the Night Away, Oh Pretty Woman, Dancing in the Street, Jump, I'll Wait, Panama, Why Can't This Be Love, Love Walks In, Black and Blue, When It's Love, Finish What Ya Started, Poundcake, Runaround, Top of the World, The Dream is Over, Won't Get Fooled Again, Don't Tell Me What Love Can Do, Can't Stop Lovin' You, Amsterdam, Humans Being, Me Wise Magic, Without You, Fire in the Hole, It's About Time, Tattoo
Album Titles: Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), 1984 (1984), 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), Balance (1995), Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)
Video Titles: Live Without a Net, Video Hits Volume 1, Live: Right Here Right Now

🏆🥊Salvador Sánchez -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1959 N.S. d.8/12/1982 N.S. (23)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Mexican

🏆🥊Francis Jonard Labiak -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1979 N.S. d.7/27/2000 N.S. (21)
Hall of Famer, Sports Announcer, Wrestling Figure
Names/Places: aka Gordon T. Solie, later Jonard Pierre Sjoblom
Misc: primarily a professional wrestling play-by-play announcer for WCE among others

✍🎵John Avery Lomax -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/23/1867 d.1/26/1948 (80)
Hall of Famer, Author, Music Producer, Folk Singer
Misc: folklorist who collected folk songs & tales, documenter of musical heritage

🎖🏆🏁🏊Tedford H. Cann -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/3/1897 N.S. d.1/26/1963 N.S. (65)
Hall of Famer, Naval Officer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🥊Hilton Edward "Eddie" Booker -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/5/1917 N.S. d.1/26/1975 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆⚽Bart McGhee -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/30/1899 d.1/26/1979 (79)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scottish

🏆🏒Lynn Patrick -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/3/1912 d.1/26/1980 (67)
Hall of Famer, NHL Executive, NHL Center, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1934-1947
Sports Teams: New York Rangers

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🏆🏈Paul "Bear" Bryant -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/11/1913 N.S. d.1/26/1983 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach
Misc: 323 victories & 6 national championships, a winningest coach in college history
Sports Teams: University of Alabama (player 1933-1935, assistant coach 1936-1940, coach 1958-1982, administrator 1957-1983), Kentucky (coach 1946-1953), Texas A&M (coach and administrator 1954-1957)

🏆🏁Gary Gabelich -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/29/1940 N.S. d.1/26/1984 N.S. (43)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: set a world land speed record of 622.407 miles per hour (1,001.67 km/h) on Oct. 23, 1970 (broken by Stan Barrett in 1979).

🎵S. P. Leary -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/6/1930 d.1/26/1998 (67)
Hall of Famer, Blues Drummer

🏆🎾Don Budge -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/13/1915 d.1/26/2000 (84)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: in 1938 became first player to win the Grand Slam--the French, Wimbledon, U.S. and Australian titles in 1 year; led U.S. to 2 Davis Cups (1937-38); turned pro in late '38.

🏆🏀Alfred Emanuel McGuire -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/7/1928 N.S. d.1/26/2001 N.S. (72)
Hall of Famer, NBA Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: St. John's University (player 1947-1951), New York Knicks (player 1951-1953), Baltimore Bullets (player 1953-1954), Dartmouth University (coach 1955-1957), Belmont Abbey College (coach 1957-1964), Marquette University (coach 1964-1977)

🏆Fred Russell -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/27/1906 N.S. d.1/26/2003 N.S. (96)
Hall of Famer, Sports Writer
Misc: Nashville Banner newspaper; favored sports scribe in Nashville for nearly 70 years

🏆🏒"Gump" Worsley -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/14/1929 d.1/26/2007 (77)
Hall of Famer, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1952-1974
Sports Teams: New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars

🏆🏀John Isaacs -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/15/1915 N.S. d.1/26/2009 N.S. (93)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Player, Panamaian
Sports Teams: New York Renaissance, Washington Bears

🎵Charlie Louvin -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/7/1927 d.1/26/2011 (83)
Hall of Famer, Mandolin, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RLN: Loudermilk
Misc: Grand Ole Opry
Group Names: The Louvin Bros

🎵Gladys Horton -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/30/1945 N.S. d.1/26/2011 N.S. (65)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Marvelettes

🎵Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/14/1943 N.S. d.1/26/2013 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, Singer, Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Performer
Group Names: Ohio Players

⚖🏆🏀Thomas J. "Tom" Gola -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/13/1933 d.1/26/2014 N.S. (81)
Hall of Famer, Politician, NBA Forward, College Basketball Player
Misc: 4-time All-America and 1955 Player of Year at La Salle; MVP in 1952 NIT and '54 NCAA tournaments, leading Pioneers to both titles; won NBA title as rookie with Philadelphia Warriors in 1956; 4-time NBA All-Star.
Sports Teams: Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors (1955-1962), New York Knicks (1962-1966)

🏆🏀Kobe Bryant -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/23/1978 N.S. d.1/26/2020 N.S. (41)
Hall of Famer, NBA Player
Misc: 5x NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010), 2x NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010), NBA Most Valuable Player (2008), 18x NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2016), 4x NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11x All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2013), 2x All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001), 2x All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005), 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-2011), 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012), 2x NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers 1996-2016

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