On This Day

January 1891 in Sports History

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), born in Pontardawe, Wales (d. 1917)
  • Jan 6 Ted McDonald, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 43 wickets, BB 5/32; Tasmania, Victoria, Lancashire CCC), born in Launceston, Australia (d. 1937)
  • Jan 15 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • Jan 21 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • Jan 23 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • Jan 28 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

R. Norris Williams

Jan 29 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1968)


Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Joe Hunter, English cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 35