Birthdays in Sport in 1915

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  • Jan 8 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • Jan 22 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • Jan 23 Herma Bauma, Austrian javelin thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
  • Feb 1 Stanley Matthews, 1st British soccer player to be knighted
  • Feb 2 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 21 Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 22 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • Mar 3 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • Mar 6 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • Mar 11 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • Mar 17 William Roycroft, Austrian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Mar 19 Norman Yardley, English cricket captain (late 40's)
  • Mar 22 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • Mar 28 Raymond Emery, cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952)
  • Apr 11 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist
  • Apr 19 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • May 1 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • Jun 4 Walter Hadlee, cricketer (father of Richard & Dayle), New Zealand batsman 40's
  • Jun 13 J Donald Budge, US tennis player (1st to hold world's 4 major titles)
  • Jun 18 Arthur Fagg, cricketer (dual double-centuries in a game for Kent 1938)
  • Jun 30 Charles Rowe, cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946))
  • Jul 5 John Woodruff, American athlete (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Dorothy Poynton-Hill, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Jul 27 Jack Iverson, Australian cricket mystery spinner (late 40's)
  • Aug 12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • Aug 18 Max Lanier, baseball player
  • Aug 28 Max Robertson, British sports commentator
  • Sep 8 Frank Pullen, English business person and racehorse owner (d. 1992)
  • Oct 26 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor
  • Oct 26 Joe Fry, British racing driver, born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1950)
  • Oct 29 Dennis Brookes, cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7)
  • Nov 18 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)
  • Nov 25 George Mudie, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1935, 5 & 3-40)
  • Nov 25 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • Dec 4 Fred Freer, cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946)
  • Dec 9 Colin McCool, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s)
  • Dec 18 Dario Mangiarotti, Italian fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
  • Dec 27 Gyula Zsengell√©r, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 29 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)