On This Day

Sports Stars Born in 1924

  • Jan 7 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • Jan 12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • Feb 1 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Feb 6 Billy Wright, English soccer defender (105 caps, captain x 90; Wolverhampton Wanderers 490 games) and manager (Arsenal 1962-66), born in Ironbridge, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Joe Black, American Negro league and MLB player, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • Feb 10 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • Feb 13 Ted Croker, English football administrator (Secretary English Football Association 1973-89), born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Feb 19 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • Feb 29 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), 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)
  • Apr 2 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), born in Veracruz City, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Wallace "Bud" Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1973)

Gil Hodges

Apr 4 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

  • Apr 12 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • Apr 23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • Apr 29 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 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 striker (13 caps; Newcastle United 353 games), born in Ashington, England (d. 1988)
  • May 11 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • May 13 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2020)
  • 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, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • May 21 Jack Twyman, American basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • May 22 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • May 22 Cecilia Robinson, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2 x 100s; Kent WCT), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2021)
  • May 23 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • May 25 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France (d. 2005)
  • May 29 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2013)
  • May 29 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 2013)
  • May 30 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 31 Russell Endean, South African cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 3 x 100, HS 162no, 41 dismissals; Transvaal, MCC), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2003)
  • Jun 8 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • Jun 9 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Mohammed Ghazali, Pakistani cricketer (off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2003)

George Mikan

Jun 18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • Jun 19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • Jun 27 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2015)
  • Jul 10 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant coach), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jul 11 Charlie Tully, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1971)
  • Jul 18 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), born in Skovshoved, Gentofte, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • Jul 31 Alec Head, French horse trainer and breeder (6 x champion trainer France; 4 x Arc de Triomphe; owner Haras du Quesnay), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France (d. 2022)
  • Aug 1 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1967)
  • Aug 12 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)

Jack Buck

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

  • Aug 26 Alex Kellner, American MLB player, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1996)
  • Aug 28 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 70 wickets; Canterbury CA), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • Aug 28 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • Sep 9 Nino Bibbia, Italian bobsled (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 9 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • Sep 10 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (MLB All Star 1953-56; NL HR & RBI leader 1954; Cincinnati Reds), born in Argo, Illinois (d. 1988)

Tom Landry

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

  • Sep 14 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, born in San Jose, California (d. 2014)
  • Sep 22 Norvel Lee, American boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Eagle Rock, Virginia (d. 1992)
  • Sep 24 Sammy Guillen, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests West Indies & 3 Tests New Zealand), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (d. 2013)
  • Sep 24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), born in Suprunivka, Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • Oct 3 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold Middle-heavyweight 1956, 60), born in Mordovo, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 9 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1952-55; NBA C'ship 1951, 57; Rochester Royals, Boston Celtics), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Mal Whitfield, American track athlete (Olympic 3 gold, silver & bronze 1948, 52), born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Oct 17 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Brown, American baseball third baseman (NY Yankees; World Series 1947, 49–51) and executive (president American League 1984-94), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2021)
  • Oct 26 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Oct 28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Hannelore Weygrand, German equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Nov 2 David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • Nov 4 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Member of Parliament), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Nov 8 John Burgess, English rugby coach and administrator (England coach 1971-75; RFU President 1987-88), born in Salford, England (d. 1997)
  • Nov 11 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (strong Indian batsman in post-War years), born in Bombay, India (d. 1996)
  • Nov 16 Mel Patton, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x100m relay 1948; WR 100 yards 9.2s 1948), born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 26 Jasu Patel, Indian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 29 wickets, BB 9-69 v Aust 1959; Gujarat), born in Ahmedabad, India (d. 1992)
  • Dec 3 Roberto Mières, Argentine auto racer (USAC Road Racing C'ship Daytona 1,000 km 1959; 17 x F1 GP), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • Dec 3 Fred Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Ohio State University 1959-76; MLB Washington Senators 1950-52), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • Dec 3 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Dec 5 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • Dec 7 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)
  • Dec 11 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), born in McColl, South Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Dec 13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Dec 14 Siiri Rantanen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tohmajärvi, North Karelia, Finland

Doug Harvey

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

  • Dec 24 Roy Miller, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 24 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Dec 26 Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director, 1974-2007), born in Decatur, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • Dec 26 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), born in Claremont, California (d. 2005)
  • Dec 29 Dub Jones, American NFL halfback (Pro Bowl 1951, 52; All Pro 1951) and coach (Cleveland Browns), born in Arcadia, Louisiana
  • Dec 29 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), born in Pana, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Dec 31 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)

About 1924

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