On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1911

Hank Greenberg

Jan 1 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, NY (d. 1986)

  • Jan 6 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), born in Morant Bay, Jamaica (d. 1979)
  • Jan 7 Mervyn Waite, Australian cricketer (S Australian all-rounder) and footballer, born in Kent Town, Australia (d. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 3 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 6 Dooley Briscoe MC, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal) and soldier (Military Cross 1941), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1941)
  • Feb 11 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • Feb 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster and author (3-time British champion), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Mar 23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • Mar 23 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • Apr 1 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), born in Leo, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), born in Wierzchownia, Poland (d. 1980)
  • Apr 5 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets; Border), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Apr 17 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian World Chess Champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)
  • May 5 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1996)

Betty Nuthall

May 23 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US National Championship, 1930), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

  • May 28 Bob Crisp, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 3 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • Jun 8 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • Jun 11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • Jun 13 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and third husband to Rita Hayworth, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Jun 22 Marie Braun, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jun 24 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Jun 26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA major titles, Olympic gold 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)

  • Jul 3 Joe Hardstaff Jr., English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 1,636 runs @ 46.74; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire (d. 1990)
  • Jul 8 Ken Farnes, English cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years), born in Leytonstone, England (d. 1941)
  • Jul 14 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Jul 17 Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • Jul 28 Gerhard Stoeck, German javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Aug 6 Norman Gordon, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 20 wickets; Transvaal), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 9 Khershed Meherhomji, Indian cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936), born in Bombay, India (d. 1982)
  • Aug 9 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Aug 23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • Aug 23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Sep 6 Harry Danning, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Sep 15 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Sep 18 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • Sep 28 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 1994)
  • Sep 30 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • Oct 1 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), born in St. Moritz, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • Oct 1 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • Oct 12 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • Oct 26 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Oct 30 Eileen Ash-Whelan, English cricket medium pace bowler (7 WTests, 10 wickets, BB 4/68; Middlesex CC), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • Nov 1 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Black Rock, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • Nov 3 Kick Smit, Dutch soccer striker and manager (29 caps; HFC Haarlem), born in Bloemendaal, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Nov 3 Johnny Keane, American baseball manager (World Series 1964 St. Louis Cardinals; NY Yankees), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1967)

Buck O'Neil

Nov 13 Buck O'Neil, American Baseball HOF coach (1st African-American coach in MLB) and first baseman (NgL World Series 1942; 2 x NgL All Star; KC Monarchs), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

  • Nov 20 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • Nov 22 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1987)
  • Nov 24 Joe Medwick, American Baseball HOF left fielder (World Series 1934, Triple Crown & NL MVP 1937 St. Louis Cardinals; 10 x MLB All Star), born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Nov 26 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Venice, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • Dec 1 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • Dec 1 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 1989)
  • Dec 13 Buzz Borries, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Navy 1932–34), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)
  • Dec 21 Josh Gibson, American Baseball HOF catcher (Negro World Series 1943, 44; 12 × NL All-Star; Triple Crown 1936, 37; batting average .466 1943), born in Buena Vista, Georgia (d. 1947)

About 1911

Chinese Zodiac: Dog (Jan 1 - Jan 29), Pig (Jan 30 - Dec 31)