On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1894

  • Jan 12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • Jan 16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • Feb 19 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • May 11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Jun 13 Watson Washburn, American tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon doubles 1924, US Nationals 1921, 23; founder International Tennis Hall of Fame), born in NYC, NY (d. 1973)
  • Jun 14 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / GM (Detroit Red Wings), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)
  • Jul 4 Henry Carlson, American basketball coach (originated figure 8 play), born in Murray City, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • Jul 4 Clifford "Doc" Carlson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Pittsburgh 367–248 [.597]), born in Murray City, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • Jul 30 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • Jul 31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • Aug 1 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • Aug 3 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • Sep 9 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • Sep 17 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), born in Sydney NSW (d. 1973)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Oct 5 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), born in Kimberley, Northern Cape (d. 1948)
  • Oct 23 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • Nov 2 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • Nov 23 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • Nov 24 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great opening batsman for Engl)
  • Dec 3 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • Dec 19 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • Dec 23 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • Dec 28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)