On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1850

  • Mar 10 Spencer Gore, British tennis player (1st Wimbledon winner 1877), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1906)
  • May 8 Ross Barnes, American baseball infielder (3×NA/NL batting champion 1872, 73, 76; 4×NA/NL runs scored leader; 4×NA/NL hits leader; Boston Red Stockings), born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1915)
  • May 10 Thomas Lipton, Scottish yachtsman (5-time America's Cup challenger) and tea merchant (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1931)
  • Sep 1 Jim O'Rourke, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1880 Boston Red Caps; NY Giants) and manager (Buffalo Bisons 1881-84, Washington Sens 1893), born in East Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1919)
  • Sep 2 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)
  • Dec 13 Fred Grace, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; first time 3 bros play a Test [with WG & EM Grace]; Gloucestershire CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 1880)
  • Dec 16 Fred Morley, English cricket fast bowler, (4 Tests, 16 wickets, BB 5/56; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England (d. 1884)