On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1880

  • Jan 28 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • Mar 1 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Mar 10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • Mar 22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • Apr 2 Harold Weekes, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Columbia University; All American 1901), born in Oyster Bay, New York (d. 1950)
  • Apr 18 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • Jun 29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • Jul 4 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers; no-hitter 1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • Jul 24 Kristian Hellström, Swedish athlete, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, born in Muscotah, Kansas (d. 1948)
  • Jul 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
  • Aug 12 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • Aug 14 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • Aug 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • Sep 14 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • Oct 4 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1927)
  • Oct 21 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • Oct 22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • Nov 1 Grantland Rice, American sportswriter (New York Herald Tribune 1914-30, Colliers 1925-37), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • Nov 3 Edward Barrett, Irish heavyweight wrestler and all-round sportsman (Olympic gold tug-of-war 1908), born in Ballyduff, County Kerry (d. 1932)
  • Nov 20 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • Dec 11 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1951)
  • Dec 31 Fred Beebe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1957)