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 Home Run Baker [John Franklin Baker], American baseball player, hall of famer (hit 2 HR in 1911 world series), 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 cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • Jul 5 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 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 Aust, 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 great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, 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)