Birthdays in Sport in 1887

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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 Fran├žois 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 [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 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 21 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (d. 1978)

Person of interestEddie Collins

May 2 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

May 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 4 Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • Jul 16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (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 (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 25 May Sutton Bundy, Tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 6 George Brown, cricketer (legendary England batsman/keeper of 20's)
  • Oct 7 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • Oct 24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (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)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Nov 6 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 21 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)