Birthdays in Sport in 1912

  • Jan 11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • Jan 20 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • Jan 24 Ken Weekes, cricketer (WI batsman v England 1939, 137 at The Oval)
  • Jan 30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1932)

Person of interestByron Nelson

Feb 4 Byron Nelson, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Feb 12 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • Feb 13 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • Mar 2 Arthur Beaumont C Langton, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930's)
  • Mar 3 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 23 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • Mar 30 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • Apr 8 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • Apr 8 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • Apr 10 Clarke Hinkle, American NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers), born in Toronto, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • Apr 20 David Townsend, English cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935), born in Norton, County Durham (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • May 17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • May 21 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)

Person of interestSam Snead

May 27 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles), born in Ashwood, Virginia (d. 2002)

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 27 Terry Moore, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Vernon, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Jun 5 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (England leggie, bowled Bradman), born in Old Hill, Staffordshire, England (d. 1981)
  • Jun 5 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • Jun 9 Ingolf Dahl, composer (Andante & Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jun 18 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • Jun 19 Don Gutteridge, American baseball player
  • Jun 24 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), born in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • Jun 30 Dan Reeves, NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams)
  • Jul 16 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Jul 18 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, born in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne, France (d. 1950)
  • Jul 31 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Aug 10 Romain Maes, Belgian bicylist (Tour de France 1935)

Person of interestBen Hogan

Aug 13 Ben Hogan, American PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53), born in Stephenville, Texas (d. 1997)

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Aug 16 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, born in Southampton, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Victoria Mines, Ontario (d. 1995)
  • Aug 29 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)
  • Sep 2 Ernest Bromley, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • Sep 6 Vincent DiMaggio, American baseball player (Giants, Phils, Reds, Braves), born in Martinez, California (d. 1986)
  • Sep 22 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), born in London (d. 1999)
  • Oct 14 Jack Crapp, cricketer (England batsman 1948-49)
  • Oct 14 Jack Young, English cricketer (Middlesex & England slow left-armer post-WW2)
  • Oct 25 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Nov 4 H "Giff" Vivian, cricketer (father of Graham 1st Test for NZ at 18)
  • Nov 12 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • Dec 4 Jack Walsh, NSW/Leicestershire cricket china bowler (didn't rep Aust)
  • Dec 22 Henry Armstrong, held feather/light/welterweight boxing titles (1938)
  • Dec 25 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)