On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1853

  • Jan 30 Leland Hone, Irish cricket wicketkeeper (1 Test; first Irishman to represent England; MCC), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1896)
  • Feb 18 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • Mar 20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • May 8 Dan Brouthers, American Baseball HOF first baseman (first great MLB slugger; 4×NL batting champion; Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Grooms), born in Sylvan Lake, New York (d. 1932)

Fred Spofforth

Sep 9 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1926)

  • Dec 9 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American HOF pitcher (won MLB record 60 games & Triple Crown 1884; no-hitter 1883; Providence Grays), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1897)