On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1899

  • Jan 3 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), born in Harlem, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Jan 23 Glen Kidston, British aviator & racing driver, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • Feb 1 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1983)
  • Feb 3 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • Mar 25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • Mar 28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Apr 3 David Jack, English footballer (scored 267 goals from 521 appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • Apr 4 William Brann, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1953)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

Apr 27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1951)

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • May 14 Earle Combs, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • May 24 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), born in Paris, France (d. 1938)
  • Jun 7 John Hawkes, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles, doubles, mixed doubles 1926), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • Jul 10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, born in Gränichen, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • Jul 27 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), born in Obi Obi, Australia (d. 1976)

  • Jul 29 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • Aug 3 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco (d. 1979)
  • Aug 12 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 2 Hans Nielsen, Danish lightweight and featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • Sep 9 Waite Hoyt, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • Oct 10 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon 1921 runner-up), born in Robben Island, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • Oct 11 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler), born in Graaff-Reinet, Cape Province (d. 1949)
  • Oct 11 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player, born in Morgan City, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • Oct 14 Alan Washbond, American 2-man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Essex County, New York (d. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1950)
  • Nov 4 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), born in Mamer, Capellen, Luxembourg (d. 1985)
  • Nov 11 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Dec 2 John Cobb, British speed record holder (World Land Speed Record 1938-39, 47), born in Esher, Surrey, England (d. 1952)
  • Dec 3 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • Dec 4 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), born in Washington, England (d. 1953)
  • Dec 15 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold & silver 1924), born in Bedford, England (d. 1978)
  • Dec 27 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)