On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1881

  • Feb 1 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests, 35 wickets), born in St Mark's, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1966)
  • Feb 2 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Feb 21 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Mar 18 Oliver Seibert, Canadian hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1944)
  • Apr 23 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • May 11 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • May 14 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • May 29 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)

Person of interestTommy Burns

Jun 17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Jul 18 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1921)
  • Jul 26 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), born in Clones, Ireland (d. 1946)
  • Sep 8 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • Sep 27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1906; 1st President International Hall of Fame 1954), born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Oct 28 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1951)
  • Nov 3 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1948)
  • Nov 16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • Nov 18 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1962)
  • Dec 17 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • Dec 20 Branch Rickey, American baseball player & sports executive (Dodgers), born in Stockdale, Ohio
  • Dec 25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 29 Jess Willard, American boxer, born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas (d. 1968)