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Birthdays in Sport in 1887

Person of interestGeorges Vezina

Jan 21 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Jan 26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), born in Aulnay-sur-lton, France (d. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • Feb 21 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia,n Empire (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs), born in Elba, Nebraska (d. 1950)
  • Mar 9 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), born in Battersea, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • Mar 18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Apr 15 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Apr 21 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)

Person of interestEddie Collins

May 2 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago WS), born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder), born in Tonbridge, Kent (d. 1978)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

May 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 4 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • Jul 6 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, born in Marrickville, New South Wales, New South Wales
  • Jul 16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder (Black Sox Scandal; World Series 1917, Chicago WS), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 29 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)

  • Aug 2 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • Aug 6 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1957)
  • Aug 24 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • Sep 14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • Sep 23 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), born in Voghera, Italy (d. 1932)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 6 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), born in Cowley, Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • Oct 7 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • Oct 11 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), born in Cornwall on Hudson, New York (d. 1959)
  • Oct 24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • Oct 31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • Oct 31 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30) (d. 1930)
  • Nov 3 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Nov 6 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 12 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Dec 21 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)