On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1873

  • Jan 10 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player, born in Tawnaleen, Ireland (d. 1935)
  • Jan 10 George Orton, Canadian athlete, born in Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada (d. 1958)
  • Jan 12 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • Jan 28 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • Feb 4 √Čtienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • Mar 13 Barbados Joe Walcott, Barbadian boxer (World Welterweight champion 1901-06; first black to hold title), born in Demerara, British Guyana (d. 1935)
  • Apr 7 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), born in Truxton, New York (d. 1934)
  • Apr 15 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), born in Rahway, New Jersey (d. 1944)
  • Apr 19 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, born in Smethwick, England (d. 1967)
  • May 8 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • Sep 20 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • Sep 20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Oct 2 Sir Pelham Warner, English cricket batsman, tour manager and administrator (15 Tests; MCC chairman of selectors), born in The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1963)
  • Oct 14 Ray Ewry, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1937)
  • Oct 19 Barton King, cricketer (North America's greatest all-rounder)

Person of interestJaap Eden

Oct 19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • Nov 4 Bobby Wallace, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, pitcher, manager, umpire and scout (St. Louis Browns), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)

Person of interestTeddy Flack

Nov 5 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • Nov 22 Johnny Tyldesley, English cricketer (brother of Ernest, 1661 runs in 31 Tests for England), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1930)
  • Nov 26 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1954)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)