Birthdays in Sport in 1908

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Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1928)
  • Jan 17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • Jan 20 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • Jan 25 W H V "Hopper" Levett, cricket keeper (England in 1 Test in Calcutta)
  • Jan 31 René Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
  • Feb 2 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • Feb 3 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 7 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • Feb 9 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • Feb 12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 17 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • Feb 26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • Feb 29 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 22 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Urangeline, Australia (d. 1991)

  • Mar 23 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour), born in Auburn, Victoria, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Mar 26 Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, tennis star (French 1935), born in Essen, Germany
  • Mar 26 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon 1931, 1936), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Mar 30 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • Apr 21 Louis Hostin, French Light Heavyweight, Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • Apr 28 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (Australian opener of 30's)
  • May 19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
  • May 22 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • Jun 2 Gordon Weir, cricketer (NZ batsman in 11 Tests 1930-37)
  • Jun 20 Billy Werber, American baseball player
  • Jul 21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • Jul 25 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), born in Elland, Yorkshire, England (d. 1987)
  • Aug 6 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • Aug 10 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer
  • Aug 10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • Aug 18 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • Aug 20 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Aug 26 Bill Hunt, cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933)

Person of interestDonald Bradman

Aug 27 Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricket captain (6,996 Test runs at 99.94), born in Cootamundra, New South Wales (d. 2001)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 27 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), born in O'Neill, Nebraska (d. 1973)
  • Sep 1 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1980)

Person of interestPaul Brown

Sep 7 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio (d. 1991)

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Sep 9 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • Sep 29 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • Oct 17 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

Nov 3 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Nov 26 Lefty Gomez, baseball pitcher
  • Dec 7 John H Doeg, tennis champ (US Open-1930)
  • Dec 14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 25 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Dec 26 Ralph Hill, American 5K runner (Olympic-1932)