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Birthdays in Sport in 1921

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (d. 2013)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), born in Holland, Manitoba (d. 2007)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American aviator & race car driver, born in Beloit, Kansas (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, American professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jan 18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • Jan 20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer, born in Erandio, Spain (d. 2006)
  • Jan 22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)

  • Mar 1 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1986)
  • Mar 5 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 13 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Lis Hartel, Danish equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1952, 56)
  • Mar 15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • Mar 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests, top score 101; National team selector 1970-81), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • Apr 1 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), born in Waynesboro, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 7 wickets; Derbyshire), born in Whitwell, England (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 23 Warren Spahn, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

May 3 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), born in Ailey, Georgia (d. 1989)

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • May 20 Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • May 26 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Jun 3 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)

  • Jun 4 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jun 5 Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • Jun 9 Agnes Keleti, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Jun 18 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

Jul 7 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jul 10 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Jul 12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada (d. 2015)

Person of interestToni Stone

Jul 17 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Jul 20 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

Aug 4 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Aug 5 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), born in Albert Park, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Sep 19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Sep 24 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Oct 3 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 12 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954; French Open 1951-52), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • Oct 12 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Oct 15 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1992)
  • Oct 16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • Oct 19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Nov 2 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • Nov 6 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • Nov 7 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Nov 11 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestOtto Graham

Dec 6 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • Dec 24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia

About 1921

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