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Birthdays in Sport in 1903

  • Jan 10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, born in Kuressaare, Estonia (d. 1997)
  • Jan 17 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • Feb 1 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago WS), born in LaRue, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Feb 5 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • Feb 6 John Dunning, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • Feb 10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • Mar 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 George Dickinson, cricketer (bowled for NZ in their 1st 3 Tests)
  • Mar 20 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • Apr 6 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • Apr 22 Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Australian tennis player (5-time Australasian C'ship winner), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1933)

  • Apr 24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • May 4 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • May 13 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), born in Leyton, England (d. 1973)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)

Person of interestRed Grange

Jun 13 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • Jun 19 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), born in Dover, England (d.1965)

Person of interestLou Gehrig

Jun 19 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 20 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • Jun 22 Carl Hubbell, pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA
  • Jun 24 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • Jun 26 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jul 28 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), born in Beverley, England (d. 1959)
  • Aug 4 Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • Aug 25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • Sep 17 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • Oct 4 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD), born in Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Oct 8 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Oct 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • Oct 19 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • Nov 2 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • Nov 9 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), born in Rustenburg, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • Nov 15 Stewie Dempster, cricketer (1st great NZ Test batsman)
  • Nov 25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nov 27 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • Dec 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • Dec 15 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1938)

About 1903

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