On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1912

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • Jan 18 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jan 20 Walter Briggs Jr., American sports executive, born in Detroit, Michigan (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, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)

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 figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), 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, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • May 21 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)

Person of interestSam Snead

May 27 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), 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, American NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 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 golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 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, English cricketer (England batsman 1948-49), born in St Columb Major, Cornwall, England (d. 1981)
  • Oct 14 Jack Young, English cricketer (Middlesex & England slow left-armer post-WW2), born in Paddington, London (d. 1993)
  • 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, Australian cricket china bowler (didn't represent Australia), born in Walcha, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1980)
  • Dec 9 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • Dec 22 Henry Armstrong, American professional boxer and 1938 world boxing champion, born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • Dec 25 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)