On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1902

  • Jan 1 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • Jan 16 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • Feb 7 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • Feb 27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), born in Waterford, New York (d. 1978)
  • Feb 27 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 x major titles including Career Grand Slam; 38 PGA Tour event wins), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)

Bobby Jones

Mar 17 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

  • Apr 8 Arthur Wellard, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 7 wickets, BB 4/81; Somerset CCC), born in Southfleet, England (d. 1980)
  • Apr 13 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • Apr 14 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • May 8 Milford "Curly" Page, New Zealand cricket batsman & captain (14 Tests, 1 x 100, 2x 50, 5 wickets) and rugby union halfback (Canterbury RU), born in Lyttelton, New Zealand (d. 1987)
  • May 21 Earl Averill, American Baseball HOF outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star 1933–1938; Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Al Simmons, American Baseball HOF outfielder (career BA .334; 3 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL batting champion 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • Jun 4 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • Jun 17 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • Jun 28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Jul 3 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), born in Brightwater, NZ (d. 1996)
  • Jul 7 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jul 17 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • Jul 28 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1969)
  • Jul 31 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1989)
  • Aug 4 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
  • Aug 11 Alfredo Binda, Italian road cyclist (first to win Giro d'Italia x 5; World Road Race C'ship 1927, 30, 32), born in Cittiglio, Italy (d. 1986)
  • Sep 4 Tommy Mitchell, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), born in Cresswell, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 13 Arthur Mitchell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, 2 x 50; Yorkshire CCC), born in Baildon, England (d. 1976)
  • Sep 19 Jimmy Van Alen, American tennis official (created Simplified Scoring System), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1991)
  • Sep 21 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)

Howie Morenz

Sep 21 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

  • Oct 3 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), born in Clifton Springs, New York (d. 1981)

Ray Kroc

Oct 5 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

  • Oct 13 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), born in Bovisio-Masciago, Italy (d. 1983)
  • Oct 14 Shunter Coen, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 41no, @ 50.50; Orange Free State), born in Heilbron, South Africa (d. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Bagnolo San Vito, Italy (d. 1963)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1994)
  • Oct 26 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Wilbur Shaw, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1937, 39, 40; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1991), born in Shelbyville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • Nov 3 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1959)
  • Nov 22 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1990)

Eddie Shore

Nov 25 Eddie Shore, Canadian NHL hall of famer, born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories (d. 1985)

  • Dec 1 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • Dec 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, India (d. 1979)
  • Dec 14 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • Dec 29 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1957)

About 1902

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