On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1907

  • Jan 5 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • Jan 22 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • Jan 28 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
  • Feb 9 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins)
  • Feb 11 E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Crown on Count Fleet), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • Mar 5 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 17 Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets (d. 1991)
  • Apr 2 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • Apr 2 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), born in Stanford, California (d. 1985)
  • Apr 10 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba (d. 1985)
  • Apr 15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)
  • Apr 20 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55), born in Rawalpindi, British India (d. 1991)
  • May 6 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • May 9 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • May 11 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)

  • May 16 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • May 17 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • May 29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • Jun 6 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • Jun 14 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • Jun 21 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 24 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), born in Syracuse, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • Jun 26 Debs Garms, American baseball player, born in Bangs, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Jul 1 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jul 2 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1997)
  • Jul 26 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Jul 27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Aug 11 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (Australian Test player)
  • Aug 13 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1967)
  • Aug 21 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • Aug 28 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • Sep 11 Oscar Da Costa, West Indian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1936)
  • Sep 22 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (d. 1981)
  • Sep 26 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Sep 28 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)

  • Sep 28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 29 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Oct 1 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • Oct 9 Klaes Karppinen, Finnish athlete, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic gold 1936), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1992)
  • Oct 14 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • Oct 22 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), born in Sudlersville, Maryland (d. 1967)
  • Nov 1 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940), born in Visalia, California (d. 1987)
  • Nov 22 Dick Bartell, American baseball shortstop, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Nov 25 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)
  • Dec 1 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • Dec 6 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Dec 10 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France (d. 2005)
  • Dec 16 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • Dec 18 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • Dec 19 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)

About 1907

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