Birthdays in Sport in 1897

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  • Jan 2 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Feb 15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Mar 4 Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • Mar 13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Mar 28 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

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

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 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 25 Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

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

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 20 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • Jul 18 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (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
  • Sep 1 Andy Kennedy, Irish footballer (d. 1963)
  • Oct 11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d.
  • Oct 31 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • Dec 16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)