On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1906

  • Jan 3 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), born in Krum, Texas (d. 1973)
  • Jan 3 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • Jan 28 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • Jan 29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Jan 29 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • Jan 31 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • Feb 10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Feb 16 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • Feb 27 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • Mar 28 Joseph Wright Jr., Canadian oarsman (Olympic gold 1928), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • Apr 1 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Haugesund, Norway (d. 1958)
  • Apr 15 Sandy Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35), born in East London, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • May 2 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • May 16 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)

  • May 21 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • May 26 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1941, 47-48), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • Jun 3 Norman Gallichan, New Zealand cricketer (all-rounder in 1 Test NZ v England 1937)
  • Jun 3 Walter Robins, English cricketer (dynamic England leg-spin all-rounder), born in Stafford, England (d. 1968)
  • Jun 8 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 1975)
  • Jun 16 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (Australian all-rounder late 20's early 30's)
  • Jun 22 Richard Fanshawe, England, equestion 3 day event (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • Jul 1 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • Jul 7 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • Jul 15 Rudolf "Rudi" Uhlenhaut, German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

Jul 27 Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 6 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • Aug 12 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), born Sydney, NSW (d. 1985)
  • Aug 20 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), born in London, England (d.2000)
  • Aug 25 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), born in Corsham, Wiltshire (d. 1979)
  • Aug 26 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), born in Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands (d. 1981)
  • Aug 28 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skating coach (1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), born in Wieringerwaard, Hollands Kroon, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Oct 11 Dutch Clark, American NFL hall of fame QB (Spartans, Detroit), born in Fowler, Colorado (d. 1978)
  • Oct 12 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • Oct 16 George Lott, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Oct 17 Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • Oct 25 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), born in Sequals, Italy (d. 1967)
  • Oct 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1966)
  • Nov 2 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • Nov 4 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • Nov 6 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Nov 17 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Nov 28 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Dec 2 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • Dec 31 Erna Bogen-Bog├íti, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Jaroslaw, Poland (d. 2002)

About 1906

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