On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1866

  • Jan 31 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • Feb 16 Billy Hamilton, American Baseball HOF outfielder (NL batting champion 1891, 93; 5 × NL stolen base leader; KC Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1940)
  • Feb 24 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), born in Elewijt, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • Mar 14 Alexey Troitsky, Russian chess problemist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Mar 20 Robert Poore, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa; Hampshire), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • Mar 24 Jack McAuliffe, Irish-American boxer and undefeated World Lightweight champion (1886-93), born in Cork, Ireland, United Kingdom (d. 1937)
  • Mar 28 Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1902)
  • Jun 2 Jack O'Connor, American baseball catcher (Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Browns) and manager (St. Louis Browns), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1937)
  • Jun 8 Hylton Philipson, English cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England (d. 1935)
  • Jun 21 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Marlhill, Ireland (d. 1907)
  • Jun 21 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • Aug 5 Harry Trott, Australian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 1 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 143, 29 wickets; Victoria CA), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1917)
  • Sep 1 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • Oct 26 William "Kid" Gleason, American baseball utility (St. Louis Browns, NY Giants, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (Chicago White Sox, during "Black Sox" scandal), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1933)
  • Nov 3 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1910)

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Nov 20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American federal judge and Baseball HOF executive (1st Commissioner of MLB 1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)

  • Nov 26 Hugh Duffy, American Baseball HOF outfielder (Triple Crown & MLB record .440 batting average, single season 1894 Boston Beaneaters), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1954)
  • Nov 28 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)