On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1872

  • Feb 24 John Arthur Jarvis, English swimmer (Olympic gold 1,000m, 4,000m, water polo 1900), born in Leicester, England (d. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • Mar 17 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), born in Cranbrook, England (d. 1950)
  • Mar 17 Willie Quaife, British cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902; 7 Tests for England, 228 runs), born in Newhaven, East Sussex, England (d. 1951)
  • Apr 25 C. B. Fry, English cricket batsman (26 Tests, 2 x 100s; Sussex, Hampshire), born in Croydon, England (d. 1956)
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • Aug 7 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • Aug 16 Arthur Jones, England cricket all-rounder and captain (12 Tests, 3 wickets, 15 catches; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Shelton, England (d. 1914)
  • Sep 5 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1950)
  • Sep 10 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, Indian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 989 runs @ 44.95, 2 x 100s) and politician (Maharaja of Nawanagar), born in Sadodar, Kathiawar, India (d. 1933)
  • Oct 3 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • Oct 4 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1955)
  • Oct 14 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1897-1900), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1910)
  • Oct 24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record 1901), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • Oct 31 James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), born in Glenbane, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1910)
  • Dec 5 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Dec 30 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)