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Sports Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for January 26

Last Updated 02-20-2021

🎭🏆Tiera Skovbye -- Birthdate Conflict -- b.1/26/1992 N.S. or 5/6/1995 N.S.
Actress, Model, Canadian
TV Shows: Blink, Supernatural, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour

🏆Diana Firestone -- is 89 in the year 2021 and 90 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1932
Sports Figure
Misc: Thoroughbred owner

🎭🏆⚾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)

🎭🏆Merissa Mathes -- is 81 in the year 2021 and 82 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1940
Actress, Model, Playmate
Names/Places: RN:Marissa Mathes
Misc: June 1962

🏆🏈Gary Moeller -- is 80 in the year 2021 and 81 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1941
NFL Coach

🏆🏈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)

🏆🏁🏃Jarmila Kratochvílová -- is 70 in the year 2021 and 71 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1951 N.S.
Runner, Olympic Athlete, Czech
Misc: 400m/800m runner (Olympic-silver-1980)

🏆🏀Thomas Edward Henderson -- is 69 in the year 2021 and 70 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1952
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-silver-1972

🎭🎵🏆Lucía Méndez -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1955 N.S.
Actress, Singer, Model, Mexican

🏆🏈Gary Plummer -- is 61 in the year 2021 and 62 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1960
NFL Linebacker, USFL Figure

🏆🏁🏃Jeanette Bolden -- is 61 in the year 2021 and 62 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1960
Runner, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984)

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🏆🏒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

🎵🏆🏁Andrew Ridgeley -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1963
Songwriter, Drummer, Hip-Pop Guitarist, Auto Racer, English
Group Names: Wham!, soloist

🏆⚽José Mourinho -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1963 N.S.
Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, Portuguese

🏆⚾Kevin Blankenship -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1963
MLB Player

🏆⚾Mark Blankenship -- is 58 in the year 2021 and 59 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1963
MLB Player

🏆🏈Merrill Hoge -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1965
NFL Runningback

🏆⚾Lou Frazier -- is 56 in the year 2021 and 57 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1965
MLB Outfielder

🏆⚾Jeff (Baseball) Branson -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1967
MLB Coach, MLB Player

🏆⚾Tim Pugh -- is 54 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1967
MLB Pitcher

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🏆🏈Eric Davis -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1968
NFL Cornerback
Misc: 2x Pro Bowl, 3x All-Pro

🏆🏀Reggie Jordon -- is 53 in the year 2021 and 54 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1968
NBA Guard

🏆🏈Ronald Moore -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1970
NFL Runningback

🏆⚾Dan Carlson -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1970
MLB Pitcher

🏆🏒Dean Malkoc -- is 51 in the year 2021 and 52 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1970
NHL Defensive, Canadian

🏆🎾Min Tang -- is 50 in the year 2021 and 51 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1971
Tennis Player

🏆🏈Harrison Houston -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1972
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏒Mike Fountain -- is 49 in the year 2021 and 50 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1972
NHL Goaltender, Canadian

🏆🏈Tony Ramirez -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1973
NFL Player, XFL Figure

🏆⚽Brendan Rodgers -- is 48 in the year 2021 and 49 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1973 N.S.
Soccer Coach, Northern Ireland

🏆🏀Vince Carter -- is 44 in the year 2021 and 45 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1977
NBA Player
Misc: 8x NBA All-Star

🏆José de Jesús Corona -- is 40 in the year 2021 and 41 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1981 N.S.
Soccer Goal Keeper, Mexican

🏆Mei-Ling Lam -- is 37 in the year 2021 and 38 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1984
Playmate
Misc: June 2011

🏆🏀Gerald Green -- is 35 in the year 2021 and 36 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1986 N.S.
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

🏆Sebastian Giovinco -- is 34 in the year 2021 and 35 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1987 N.S.
Soccer Striker, Italian

🏆⚽Gary Hooper -- is 33 in the year 2021 and 34 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1988 N.S.
Soccer Player, English

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🏆🏈Torrey Smith -- is 32 in the year 2021 and 33 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1989 N.S.
NFL Wide Receiver

🏆🏈Manti Te'o -- is 30 in the year 2021 and 31 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1991 N.S.
NFL Linebacker

🏆🥊Sasha Banks -- is 29 in the year 2021 and 30 in the year 2022; b.1/26/1992 N.S.
Wrestler

🏆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

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🏆Roy Cochran -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1919 d.9/26/1981 (62)
Olympic Athlete, Track and Field

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

⛪💰🎭🏆🏁Paul Newman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1925 d.9/26/2008 (83)
Christian Scientist, Businessperson, Movie Actor, Movie Director, Auto Racer
Names/Places: b. in Cleveland; MN:L.; Joanne Woodward's hubby
Misc: Salad dressing, popcorn, salsa, & spaghetti sauce maker
Movie Titles: The Sting, The Color of Money, Hudsucker Proxy, Message in a Bottle, Where the Money Is, Road to Perdition, Cars

🏆🏈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)

🏆Janet Paula Lupo -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/26/1950 d.11/13/2017 N.S. (67)
Model, Playmate
Misc: November 1975

🎵🎸🏆🏌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

⚛🏆Abner Doubleday -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/26/1819 d.1/26/1893 (73)
Inventor, Sports Figure
Misc: Not the inventor of baseball, but Alex Cartwright was

💰🏆William Wrigley Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/30/1861 d.1/26/1932 (70)
Businessperson, Executive, Industrialist, Sports Figure
Names/Places: b. in Chicago
Misc: Wrigley's chewing gum prez & founder; some say b. Sep 3
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs (founder)

🏆William Gummere -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/24/1850 d.1/26/1933 (82)
Sports Figure
Misc: formulated football rules

🏆⚾Steve O'Neill -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1891 d.1/26/1962 (70)
MLB Manager, MLB Catcher
Names/Places: RN:Stephen Francis O'Neill
Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians (1911-23), Tribe (manager 1935-37)

🎖🏆🏁🏊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

🏆🏈Harry Stuhldreher -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/14/1901 d.1/26/1965 (63)
College Football Player
Sports Teams: University of Notre Dame (one of the Four Horsemen)

🏆🥊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

🏆🏈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)

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🏆🏁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).

🏆🥊Dave Schultz -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/6/1959 d.1/26/1996 (36)
Wrestler, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1984 Olympics

🏆🎾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)

🏆🏀Al McGuire -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/7/1931 d.1/26/2001 (69)
Sportscaster, College Basketball Coach
Misc: NBC Sports analyst; coached Marquette University with a 295-80 record

🏆Valery Brumel -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/14/1942 d.1/26/2003 (60)
Olympic Athlete, Russian
Misc: high jumper who held the world record (1961-71).

🏆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

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🏆🏀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

⚖🏆🏀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)

🏆🏁🏇George Vogel -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/15/1923 N.S. d.1/26/2017 N.S. (93)
Horse Trainer

⚖🏆🏈Duane Benson -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/5/1945 N.S. d.1/26/2019 N.S. (73)
Politician, NFL Linebacker
Misc: Super Bowl II
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders

🏆🏀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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