On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1896

  • Jan 11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • Jan 23 Alf Hall, South African cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 40 wickets), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1964)
  • Jan 29 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • Feb 1 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • Feb 22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • Mar 2 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1983)
  • Mar 4 Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ships singles & doubles 1921), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1972)
  • Mar 26 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Apr 2 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), born in Tuxedo, New York (d. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Norman Callaway, Australian cricket batsman (207 in only FC innings), born in Hay, Australia (d. 1917)
  • Apr 7 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)

Rogers Hornsby

Apr 27 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)

  • May 13 Charles Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic gold 1928, 32)
  • May 28 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Jun 18 Cota Ramaswami, Indian cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936), born in Madras
  • Jun 29 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)
  • Jul 19 Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor (St Louis Blues; Stars In My Crown), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1970)
  • Jul 26 Henry Birkin, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans class 8.0 1929; class 3.0 1931), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1933)
  • Sep 13 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Sep 16 André Chéron, French chess and bridge theorist (d. 1980)
  • Sep 22 Henry Segrave, British racing driver (d. 1930)
  • Oct 7 Cyril Allcott, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 113 runs @ 22.6, 6 wickets; Auckland), born in Lower Moutere, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • Oct 19 Nat Holman, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA, NIT C'ships 1950 CCNY), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • Oct 19 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball catcher (World Series, NL MVP 1926, St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • Nov 8 Bucky Harris, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1947 NY Yankees) and second baseman (WS 1924 Washington Senators), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)
  • Nov 10 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder (MLB All Star 1933-34 Chicago White Sox; World Series 1929-30 Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago White Sox, 1934-46), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Dec 6 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • Dec 27 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)