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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 13 Jack Holden, English long-distance runner (International Cross Country C'ship gold, individual 1933, 34, 35, 39; Empire Games marathon gold 1950), born in Bilston, England (d. 2004)
  • 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 13 Roderich Menzel, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 1938 runner-up; US Open mixed doubles 1935 runner-up), born in Reichenberg, Czech Republic (d. 1987)
  • 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 cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born 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)

Person of interestJimmie Foxx

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)

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • Nov 1 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), 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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