On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1919

  • Jan 1 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 1 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • Jan 13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • Jan 15 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • Jan 23 Bob Paisley, English football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 23 Nina Dumbadze, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • Jan 26 K C Ibrahim, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)
  • Jan 29 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Jan 31 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
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Jackie Robinson
  • Feb 2 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • Feb 6 Lindsay Tuckett, South African cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • Feb 7 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • Feb 11 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 12 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2005)
  • Feb 13 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), born in Jackson, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • Feb 17 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1943), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)

  • Feb 23 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • Feb 26 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Mar 4 Buck Baker, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • Mar 17 Hank Sauer, baseball player (NL MVP 1952)
  • Mar 18 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 18 Len Johnson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948)
  • Mar 26 Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
  • Mar 28 Tom Brooks OAM, Australian cricket umpire (23 Tests 1970-78), born in Paddington, Australia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Apr 2 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), born in Armstrong, Argentina (d. 1981)
  • Apr 7 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (6x Olympic gold, 1936-1960), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 19 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2001)
  • Apr 21 John Goddard, West Indian cricket all-rounder and captain (27 Tests @ 30.67; 33 wickets; Barbados), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 1987)
  • May 1 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • May 9 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • May 15 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • May 25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)

  • Jun 8 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • Jun 9 Izaak Boleslavsky, Soviet chess player, born in Zolotonosha, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1977)
  • Jun 10 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
  • Jun 24 Don Salls, American football linebacker (Alabama) and coach (Jacksonville State University 1946-52, 1954-64), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • Jul 12 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • Jul 17 Alex Moir, cricketer (New Zealand leg-spinner in 17 Tests 1950-59)
  • Jul 24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2016)
  • Jul 31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC; NBC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), born in Pune, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • Aug 6 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • Sep 7 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, born in Kanegem, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • Sep 15 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), born in Castellania, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Sep 27 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 28 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • Sep 29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Sep 30 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Oct 1 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), born in Potts Camp, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • Oct 8 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • Oct 10 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), born in Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Oct 17 John Moroney, cricketer (Australian opener 1949-51)
  • Nov 6 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • Nov 10 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Plains, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Nov 17 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • Nov 28 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), born in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia (d. 2004)
  • Dec 6 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), born in Thornaby-on-Tees, England (d. 1997)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)

About 1919

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