On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1895

  • Feb 1 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1980)

George Halas

Feb 2 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • Feb 3 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • Feb 6 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31; Boston RS, NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • Feb 15 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • Feb 18 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), born in Laurium, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • Feb 25 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • Mar 1 Duke Keats, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame centre (WCHL First-Team All-Star 1921-26; Edmonton Eskimos; NHL: Chicago Black Hawks), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1972)
  • Apr 4 Charlie Hallows, English cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28), born in Little Lever, Lancashire (d. 1972)
  • Apr 15 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • Apr 25 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74), born in Mutford, East Suffolk, England (d. 1986)
  • May 24 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricket all-rounder (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 16 wickets; NSW CA, Victoria CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1988)
  • May 30 Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), born in Brighton, England (d. 1956)
  • Jun 14 Cliff Edwards, American singer, aka "Ukulele Ike" (Walt Disney's Pinocchio - "Jiminy Cricket"; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • Jun 14 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)

Jack Dempsey

Jun 24 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

George Hainsworth

Jun 26 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)

  • Jul 4 Waldemar Marx, cricketer (S Af, 240 on FC debut (then world record))
  • Jul 21 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • Aug 2 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • Aug 9 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches), born in Abbottabad, India (d. 1982)
  • Aug 9 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • Aug 10 Hammy Love, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1969)
  • Aug 14 Jack Gregory, Australian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 2 x 100, 7 x 50, 85 wickets, BB 7/69; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1973)
  • Sep 10 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • Sep 15 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • Sep 16 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • Sep 23 Johnny Mokan, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Sep 27 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, born in Spencer House, London (d. 1948)
  • Sep 28 Lawton Whitey Witt, outfielder (NY Yankees, 1922-25)
  • Oct 10 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; 1 x 100, 8 x 50) and rugby union fly-half (2 caps), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1971)
  • Oct 13 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Oct 31 C. K. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (7 Tests for India in 30's), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra (d. 1967)
  • Nov 10 Mary Victor Bruce (née Petre), British speedboat pilot, race car driver, and aviator who flew around Empire State building in 1930, born in Chelmsford, Essex, England (d. 1990)
  • Dec 17 Gerald Patterson, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1919, 21; Australian C'ships 1927), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1967)