Birthdays in Sport in 1924

  • Jan 7 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • Jan 25 Lou "The Toe" Groza, AAFC, NFL tackle, kicker (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 6 Billy Wright, English soccer player
  • Feb 8 Joe Black, baseball player
  • Feb 10 Bud (Norman) Poile, NHLer
  • Feb 19 Bruce Norris, NHL owner (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Feb 27 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • Feb 29 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Mar 9 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), born in Huntington, Indiana (d.2006)
  • Mar 18 Madhussudan Rege, cricketer (15 runs in only Test India v WI 1948-49)

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 4 Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • Apr 29 Al Balding, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 3 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, born in East Horsley, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • May 11 Jackie Milburn, English soccer star (Newcastle United)
  • May 15 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • May 18 Jack Whitaker, sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • May 25 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • May 30 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 31 Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for South Africa, handled the ball 1956)
  • Jun 8 Ian Colquhoun, cricket wicket keeper (NZ vs England 1954-55)
  • Jun 9 Christine Goitschel, French slalom (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jun 9 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Mohammed Ghazali, cricketer (Pak off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

Jun 18 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • Jun 27 Bob Appleyard, cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career)
  • Jul 10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach
  • Jul 11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • Jul 13 George Handy, horse trainer
  • Jul 18 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer
  • Jul 28 Fred Fisher, cricketer (one Test for NZ v SA 1953)
  • Aug 1 Frank Worrell, cricketer (one of the three W's, inspiring WI captain)
  • Aug 12 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)

Person of interestJack Buck

Aug 21 Jack Buck, American sports announcer (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • Aug 26 Alex Kellner, baseball player (d. 1996)
  • Aug 28 Tony MacGibbon, NZ cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's)
  • Sep 9 Nino Bibbia, Italian bobsled (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 9 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • Sep 10 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball player (d. 1988)

Person of interestTom Landry

Sep 11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Sep 14 Jerry Coleman, 2nd baseman/sportscaster (NY Yankees, SD Padres), (d. 2014)
  • Sep 22 Norvel la Follette Ray Lee, lt-HW boxer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 24 Simpson Guillen, cricketer (wicket-keeper for West Indies & NZ)
  • Sep 24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet gymnast
  • Oct 3 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Oct 28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Hannelore Weygrand, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Nov 2 Father David Bauer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (d. 1988)
  • Nov 4 Howie Meeker, Canadian ice hockey player and politician
  • Nov 11 Rusi Modi, cricketer (strong Indian batsman in post-War years)
  • Nov 16 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 26 Jasu Patel, cricketer (Indian off-spinner, 9-69 v Aust 1959)
  • Dec 3 Roberto Mières, Argentine racing driver
  • Dec 7 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)
  • Dec 12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • Dec 13 Larry Doby, 1st African American in baseball's AL (Cleveland Indians)
  • Dec 14 Siiri Rantanen, Finland, cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956)

Person of interestDoug Harvey

Dec 19 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • Dec 24 Roy Miller, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28)
  • Dec 24 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer
  • Dec 26 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • Dec 31 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)