On This Day

January 1878 in Sports History

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)
  • Jan 17 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • Jan 19 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • Jan 26 Dave Nourse, South African cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket), born in Croydon, England (d. 1948)
  • Jan 29 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), born near Wauseon, Ohio (d. 1946)