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 19 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 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)

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, Australian cricketer (NSW fast bowler of the 30's, later Test umpire), 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, cricketer, West Indian all-rounder 1948-57)
  • 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 cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 3 Tests on 1953-54 SA tour), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • Jun 9 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player
  • Jun 10 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
  • 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. 2017)
  • Jul 31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), 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, England, cricket wicket-keeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)

About 1919

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