On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1872

  • Feb 24 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
  • Mar 3 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • Mar 17 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • Apr 25 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, 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)
  • 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; .312 BA), 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), 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)