On This Day

Sports Stars Born 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 White Sox), 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 HOF outfielder (World Series 1926, 31 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1931; MLB All Star 1933), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, American industrialist and baseball owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 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, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 35; World Series 1929, 30, 35; AL MVP 1928, 34; Philadelphia A's, Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1934–38), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Paul Waner, American Baseball HOF right fielder (NL MVP 1927; NL batting champion 1927, 34, 36; MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • Apr 22 Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles 1925, 26, 28, 29, 30), born in Sydney, Australia (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 HOF 2nd baseman (6 x MLB All Star; World Series 1935; AL MVP & batting champion 1937; Detroit Tigers), 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)

Cool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American Baseball HOF center fielder (NgL WorLd Series 1943, 44 Homestead Grays; 8 x NgL All Star; career BA .337), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

  • 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)

Red Grange

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

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

Lou Gehrig

Jun 19 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

  • Jun 20 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)

Carl Hubbell

Jun 22 Carl Hubbell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; NL MVP 1933, 36; NY Giants), born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1988)

  • Jun 24 Ernest Leslie Bouts, English motor-racing driver
  • Jun 26 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), 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 15 Syed Wazir Ali, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests; Southern Punjab; Muslims), born in Jalandhar, India (d. 1950)
  • 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, New Zealand cricket batsman (10 Tests, 2 x 100s; Wellington CA, Leicestershire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1974)
  • Nov 25 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • 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)

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