On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1842

  • Feb 13 Ted Pooley, English cricket wicket-keeper (1st class records: 8 stumpings in a match 1878; 12 dismissals in a match 1868), born in Chepstow, England (d. 1907)

Ambrose Bierce

Jun 24 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

  • Jun 27 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1905)
  • Aug 29 Alfred Shaw, English cricket medium/spin bowler (7 Tests; bowled first ball in Test cricket; first to take 5 wickets in a Test innings; Nottinghamshire CCC, MCC), born in Burton Joyce, England (d. 1907)
  • Sep 7 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, born in Lublin, Russian Empire (d. 1888)
  • Oct 14 Joe Start, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1927)
  • Nov 23 James Lillywhite, English cricket slow bowler (1st England Test captain; 2 Tests, 8 wickets; Sussex CCC) and umpire (6 Tests 1881–99), born in Westhampnett, England (d. 1929)