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)

'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien (1878-1942)

Jan 17 American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Jan 19 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 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)