On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1888

  • Jan 4 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • Feb 2 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • Mar 1 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), born in Ratby, Leicestershire, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 4 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), born in Voss, Norway (d. 1931)
  • Mar 4 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • Mar 19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • Mar 28 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • Apr 3 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, born in Rusholme, Manchester, England (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Tris Speaker, American baseball player, hit more doubles than Pete Rose, born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)
  • Apr 12 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), born in Athea, Ireland (d. 1942)
  • Apr 18 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • May 17 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England), born in Lewisham, Kent (d. 1965)
  • May 23 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1972)

Person of interestClarence DeMar

Jun 7 Clarence DeMar [Mr. DeMarathon], American marathon runner and 7-time winner of the Boston Marathon, born in Madeira, Ohio (d. 1958)

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Jun 28 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (pioneering West Indian batsman), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1947)
  • Jul 1 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman, manager (Negro Leagues), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • Jul 6 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 10 Graham McNamee, American early sportscaster (1st Rose Bowl), born in Washington D. C. (d. 1942)
  • Jul 24 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricket batsman (20's), born in Sevenhill, Clare, Australia (d. 1973)
  • Jul 28 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), (d. 1972)
  • Sep 15 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver, born in Bonferraro, Italy (d. 1925)
  • Oct 4 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1954)
  • Oct 30 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 silver 1908), born in Pylos, Greece (d. 1913)
  • Nov 2 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • Nov 19 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1942)
  • Dec 3 Algernon Kingscote, English tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1919), born in Bangalore, India (d. 1964)
  • Dec 20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)