On This Day

January 1912 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 Brookyln Superbas Baseball Club President Charles Ebbets announces purchase of 4.5 acres of land to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 23,000; Ebbets Field opens in 1913

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), born in Brevard, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Jan 11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • Jan 18 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jan 20 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • Jan 24 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jan 30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, Polish discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Pabianice, Poland