On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1886

  • Jan 3 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1967)
  • Jan 13 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • Feb 6 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper and umpire (11 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 1979)
  • Feb 16 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • Mar 5 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • Mar 13 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)
  • Mar 14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Apr 7 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (d. 1971)

Person of interestJim Barnes

Apr 8 Jim Barnes, English golfer (PGA C'ship 1916, 19; US Open 1921, British Open 1925), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jun 27 Charles Macartney, Australian cricketer (Governor-General), born in West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • Jul 5 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • Jul 15 Harry Green, English athlete (WR marathon 2:38:16.2 1913), born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 1934)
  • Jul 31 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), born in Caseyville, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • Aug 15 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • Sep 25 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Oct 9 Rube Marquard, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • Oct 23 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Nov 7 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian chess player (openings theorist), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • Nov 25 Percy Holmes, English cricketer (Engl, 555 partners with Sutcliffe for Yorks), born in Oakes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1971)
  • Dec 1 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Australia, Otago), born in Cane Hill, Surrey, England (d. 1963)
  • Dec 2 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • Dec 10 William Booth, England Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), born in Pudsey, England (d. 1916)

Person of interestTy Cobb

Dec 18 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Dec 20 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)