Birthdays in Sport in 1911

Person of interestHank Greenberg

Jan 1 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 7 Merv Waite, cricketer (S Australian all-rounder)
  • Jan 16 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 16 Roger Lap├ębie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • Feb 6 A W "Dooley" Briscoe, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's)
  • Feb 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1 Harry Golombek, chess grandmaster
  • Mar 23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • Mar 23 Richard Chapman, golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur)
  • Apr 1 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia (d. 1980)
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer (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, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

May 23 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • May 28 Bob Crisp, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s)
  • Jun 3 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • Jun 8 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • Jun 10 C P "Chilla" Christ, cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's)
  • Jun 11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • Jun 13 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Jun 22 Marie Philipsen-Braun, swimmer (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Jun 24 Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver
  • Jun 26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)
  • Jul 3 Joe Hardstaff Jr., English cricketer (son of Joseph, 23 Tests for England), born in Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire (d. 1990)
  • Jul 8 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 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 pace bowler (against England 1938-39), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 9 Khurshed Meher-Homji, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936)
  • Aug 9 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (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 3 Bernard Mammes, American cyclist (d. 2000)
  • 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 ice hockey player (d. 1976)
  • Sep 28 Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr, tennis (US Open 1931, 32)/golfer
  • Oct 1 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948 (d. 1988)
  • 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, NFL hall of fame coach and player (LA, San Diego, Houston), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Nov 1 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Black Rock, Connecticut (d. 2009)

Person of interestBuck O'Neil

Nov 13 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • Nov 20 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Nov 24 Joe Medwick, baseball player (d. 1975)
  • Nov 26 Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster/prodigy
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston, baseball manager (Dodgers)
  • Dec 1 Calvin Griffith, Canadian-born baseball executive (d. 1999)
  • Dec 21 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • Dec 26 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)