Birthdays in Sport in 1917

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  • Jan 30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 28 Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer
  • Mar 2 Jim Konstanty, baseball player (NL MVP 1950)
  • Mar 4 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Wadlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 26 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect (1961 Brunner Prize), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • May 2 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 5 Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 9 George Fleming, cyclist
  • Jun 4 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 6 Prior Jones, cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52)
  • Jun 8 Byron R Whizzer White, Ft Collins, NFLer/Supreme Court Just (1962-93)
  • Jun 23 Sid Watters Jr, horse trainer
  • Jun 27 K M Rangnekar, cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48)
  • Jun 28 Katherine Rawls, American swimming champion (d. 1982)
  • Jul 3 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager (d. 1990)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire)
  • Jul 6 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • Jul 10 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • Jul 17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player/manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • Jul 24 Simon Slattvik, Norway, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Jul 24 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 26 Bertil Nordahl, Sweden, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Jul 26 Richard Desborough Burnell, England, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Aug 13 Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • Aug 27 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • Sep 3 Eddie "Brat" Stanky, Phil Rizzuto's nemisis/2nd baseman (Dodgers)
  • Sep 6 George Mann, captain English cricket team
  • Sep 11 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (d. 2001)

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Sep 20 [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York

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  • Sep 23 Imry Nemeth, Hungary, hammer thrower (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Sep 25 Johnny Sain, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Oct 8 Danny Murtaugh, baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Oct 8 Billy Conn, American boxer (d. 1993)
  • Oct 9 Kusuo Kitamura, Japan, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • Oct 17 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • Oct 20 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • Oct 24 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • Oct 25 Lee MacPhail, American baseball manager and league executive
  • Oct 27 Jack Plimsoll, cricketer (South African lefty quick, 3-143 in only Test 1947)
  • Oct 29 Henry Carlsson, Sweden, soccer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Oct 30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player
  • Nov 2 Durward Knowles, England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968-Bahamas)
  • Nov 20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Marty Marion, baseball player (NL MVP 1944)
  • Dec 5 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • Dec 14 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years)
  • Dec 19 Graham Sharp, British ice skater (d. 1995)