On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1878

  • Jan 1 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)

'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien

Jan 17 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)

  • Jan 19 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • Jan 29 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), born near Wauseon, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • Feb 2 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • Feb 12 Clarence "Pants" Rowland, American baseball manager (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox 1915-18) and MLB umpire (American League 1923-27), born in Platteville, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • Mar 15 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), born in Northowram, Yorkshire, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1923)
  • Mar 27 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1923, 27, 28; 6 x AL pennants NY Yankees), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)

Jack Johnson

Mar 31 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion 1908-15), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946) [1]

  • Apr 7 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (12 tests 1901-11), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1920)
  • Apr 16 R. E. Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), footballer and the only man to have captained England in both sports, born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1914)
  • May 13 Muriel Robb, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1907)
  • May 14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • May 30 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1933)
  • Jun 12 Myrtle McAteer, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1900), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1952)
  • Jun 15 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)
  • Jul 8 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), born in Croy, Scotland (d. 1945)
  • Aug 17 Reggie Duff, Australian cricket batsman (23 Tests; 104 on debut), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • Sep 3 Dorothea Lambert Chambers, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1903-04, 06, 10-11, 13-14), born in Ealing, England (d. 1960)
  • Oct 16 Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • Oct 17 Barlow Carkeek, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests, 6 dismissals; Victoria), born in Walhalla, Australia (d. 1937)
  • Nov 23 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), born in New York, NY (d. 1967)
  • Nov 26 (Marshall) "Major" Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • Dec 25 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America's Cup yachts "Enterprise", "Rainbow", "Ranger") and aviation pioneer, born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Dec 25 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss auto racer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (d. 1941)