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, Australia, swimmer (Olympic-1920)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
  • May 7 Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
  • 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 bat)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)