Birthdays in Sport in 1909

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman and wicket-keeper 1936-46), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • Feb 7 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • Feb 11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • Feb 17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • Feb 18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Feb 19 Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • Feb 23 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • Mar 2 Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)
  • Mar 19 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 25 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • Apr 5 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16), born in Cape Town (d. 1965)
  • Apr 6 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)

  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (Wimbledon, 1934-36), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • May 28 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 30 George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
  • May 31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • Jun 6 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • Jun 7 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • Jun 20 Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
  • Jul 15 John Cochrane, South African cricket pace bowler (one Test 1931)
  • Jul 20 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • Jul 22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jul 22 Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • Jul 27 Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, British philanthropist, art collector, and racehorse owner, born in Sutton, Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 8 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • Aug 13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • Aug 20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)

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Aug 22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

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  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • Aug 24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Aug 26 Eric Quail Davies, cricket pace bowler (5 Tests for South Africa 1935-39)
  • Aug 26 Gene Moore, baseball player (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Sep 5 Archie Jackson, Australian cricketer, born in Rutherglen, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), born in Commerce, Georgia (d. 1990)
  • Sep 26 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • Oct 8 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (Indy 500), born in Lingen, Germany (d. 1938)
  • Oct 24 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • Nov 4 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • Nov 4 Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • Nov 25 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (fiery WI pace bowler of 30's), born in St Lucy, Barbados (d. 1972)
  • Dec 6 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • Dec 11 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, born in Kidderminster, England (d. 1989)
  • Dec 16 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • Dec 23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Don Cleverley, cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130)