On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1916

  • Jan 1 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), born in Manor, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • Jan 3 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), born in Portland, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • Jan 7 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Jan 7 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • Jan 10 Don Metz, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Wilcox, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Jan 10 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • Jan 18 Alec Coxon, English cricketer (England pace bowler in one Test, 2-90 & 1-82), born in Huddersfield, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • Jan 24 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • Jan 24 Vic Stollmeyer, West Indian cricketer (bro of Jeff Scored 96 in only Test innings), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1999)
  • Jan 24 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster, born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • Feb 9 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 17 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • Feb 17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • Feb 17 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), born in Merrendee, NSW (d. 1978)
  • Feb 19 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

  • Feb 23 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 25 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (d. 1982)
  • Feb 26 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • Mar 1 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Bill Edrich, English cricketer (Middlesex & England batsman, Compton's mate)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), born in Haworth, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • Apr 4 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • Apr 11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • Apr 14 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (India 1947-48), born in Mammandur, British India (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • Apr 25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 26 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • Apr 27 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • May 20 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • May 21 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • Jun 4 Cecil Blacker, British Army officer, born in York, England (d. 2002)
  • Jun 5 Eddie Joost, baseball player
  • Jun 5 Syd Barnes, cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's)
  • Jun 16 Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)
  • Jun 17 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)

  • Jun 23 Len Hutton, cricketer (England opener, 364 v Australia The Oval 1938)
  • Jul 1 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1985)
  • Jul 14 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • Jul 18 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • Jul 19 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (NL MVP 1945), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Jul 22 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • Jul 22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • Jul 31 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • Jul 31 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball infielder, manager, official (Detroit Tigers; president Double-A Southern League 1971–80), born in Inverness, Alabama(d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), born in Barnesville, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Aug 3 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • Aug 6 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • Aug 11 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • Aug 14 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005)
  • Aug 16 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • Aug 20 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • Aug 27 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1993)
  • Aug 29 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Sep 2 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player (141 US tennis titles), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)

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Sep 11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Sep 12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • Oct 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • Oct 30 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • Nov 2 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), born in Kos, Greece (d. 1998)
  • Nov 5 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), born in Northwich, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • Nov 5 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • Nov 8 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Nov 12 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • Nov 21 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • Nov 26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • Nov 27 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Dec 4 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), born in Milburn, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Dec 19 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)

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