On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1887

Georges Vezina

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

  • 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, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1926 Chicago Cubs; Triple Crown 1915, 16, 20; 6 × NL wins & strikeout leader; Philadelphia Phillies), 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)

Eddie 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 White Sox), born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

  • May 27 Frank Woolley, English cricket all-rounder (64 Tests, 5 x 100, 23 x 50, HS 154, 83 wickets, BB 7/76; Kent CCC), born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1978)

Jim 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)

  • 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, 1908-20 (Chicago White Sox, and two other teams; 1919 World Series "Black Sox" Scandal), 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 HOF right fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16, 18 Boston Red Sox), 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, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • Oct 6 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), born in Cowley, Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • Oct 7 A.C. "Jack" Russell, English cricket batsman (10 Tests, 5 x 100s; Essex CCC), born in Leyton, England (d. 1961)
  • 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)

Walter Johnson

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

  • 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)
  • Dec 27 Sir John Layton Jarvis, English thoroughbred race horse trainer (9 x British Classic Races; 3 x British flat racing Champion Trainer), born in Newmarket, England (d. 1968)