On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1897

  • Jan 2 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Feb 15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Mar 4 Lefty O'Doul, American Baseball HOF left fielder (MLB All-Star, World Series 1933; NL batting champion 1929, 32 NY Yankees), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • Mar 11 Dick Tyldesley, English cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 19 wickets, BB 3/50; Lancashire CCC), born in Westhoughton, England (d. 1943)
  • Mar 13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), born in Buchanan, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • Apr 1 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), born in Silver Creek, New York (d. 1975)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American Baseball HOF right fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NY Giants), born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)

Eddie Eagan

Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 4-man 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

  • May 7 Kitty McKane (Godfree), English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • May 10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 13 Babe Dye, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1922; NHL scoring champion 1922–23, 24-25; Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1962)
  • May 19 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • May 25 Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1972)

Paavo Nurmi

Jun 13 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

  • Jun 20 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1944)
  • Jul 12 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), born in Olmsted County, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • Jul 18 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1935)
  • Aug 10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • Aug 22 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1965)
  • Aug 27 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1989)
  • Sep 1 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • Sep 17 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), born in White County, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • Oct 11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
  • Oct 25 (Edmond) "Doc" Souchon, American jazz guitarist, music journal writer and editor, and New Orleans jazz historical preservationist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • Oct 31 Pete Henry, American College/Pro Football HOF tackle (Washington & Jefferson; First-team All-Pro 1920–23, NFL C'ship 1922, 23; Canton Bulldogs), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • Nov 6 Jack O'Connor, English cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Derbyshire CCC), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1977)
  • Dec 16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)