Famous 19th Century Sportspersons

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 1 Babe Ruth

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: August 16, 1948
One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth played 22 seasons between 1914 and 1935 and set monumental records—including 714 home runs—that took decades to be finally broken. Amongst the most celebrated athletes of the world, he became one of the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 2 Yip Man

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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan
Died: December 2, 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

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 3 Cy Young

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: March 29, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gilmore, Ohio, United States
Died: November 4, 1955

 4 Honus Wagner

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Famous As: Baseballer
Birthdate: February 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 6, 1955
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 5 James Naismith

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Famous As: Invented Basketball
Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Canada
Died: November 28, 1939
Canadian-American physician and coach James Naismith is considered as the inventor of basketball. He authored the first basksetball rule book and established the University of Kansas basketball team. He served as the Kansas Jayhawks athletic director and coach, and trained legends such as Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.

 6 Paul Morphy

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 22, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 10, 1884

 7 José Raúl Capablanca

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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: March 8, 1942
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 8 Walter Johnson

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas, United States
Died: December 10, 1946

 9 Walter Hagen

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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 21, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: October 6, 1969

A major figure in the early-20th century international golf, American golfer Walter Hagen is often hailed as the father of professional golf for his contributions towards raising the stature of the game. The first golfer to earn one million dollars, he registered 58 wins including eleven major championships and made golf popular in the USA, with his flair and style.

 10 Li Ching-Yuen

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Famous As: Herbalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Chongqing, China
Died: May 6, 1933

 11 Gene Tunney

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 7, 1978

 12 Christy Mathewson

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Factoryville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7, 1925

 13 Emanuel Lasker

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: December 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barlinek, Poland
Died: January 11, 1941

 14 Morihei Ueshiba

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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: December 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tanabe
Died: April 26, 1969

Morihei Ueshiba was a Japanese martial artist. Referred to as the Great Teacher, Ueshiba is credited with founding aikido, a martial art which is now practiced around the world. During the course of his career, Ueshiba set up many dojos, including the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, and taught several students, many of whom are celebrated martial artists in their own right.

 15 Duke Kahanamoku

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Famous As: Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player
Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu
Died: January 22, 1968

Duke Kahanamoku was an American competitive swimmer and surfer. He is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian surfing. As a swimmer, Kahanamoku won three gold medals in two different Olympics. Kahanamoku was inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has been also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

 16 Grover Cleveland Alexander

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elba, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 4, 1950

 17 Jess McMahon

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 26, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1954

 18 George Halas

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: October 31, 1983

 19 Tris Speaker

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: April 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas, United States
Died: December 8, 1958

 20 Eddie Rickenbacker

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Famous As: Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel
Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, US
Died: July 23, 1973

 21 Sir John Berry Hobbs

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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: December 21, 1963

 22 Wesley Branch Rickey

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 20, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio, United States
Died: December 9, 1965

 23 Burt Munro

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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edendale, New Zealand
Died: January 6, 1978

New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro made three world records, traveling in his Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the U.S., and the one made in 1967 still remains unbroken. The 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, based on his life, featured Anthony Hopkins as Munro.

 24 Nap Lajoie

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States
Died: February 7, 1959

 25 Victor McLaglen

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Famous As: Actor, Boxer
Birthdate: December 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Royal Tunbridge Wells
Died: November 7, 1959

 26 Louis Cyr

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Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: October 10, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Canada
Died: November 10, 1912

 27 Gichin Funakoshi

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Famous As: Karateka
Birthdate: November 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shuri, Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Died: April 26, 1957

 28 John L. Sullivan

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston
Died: February 2, 1918

 29 Sam Langford

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Weymouth Falls, Canada
Died: January 12, 1956

 30 Cap Anson

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: April 17, 1852
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: April 14, 1922

 31 James Forrestal

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Famous As: Officer, Banker, Investment banker
Birthdate: February 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon
Died: May 22, 1949

 32 Aron Nimzowitsch

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: November 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: March 16, 1935

Latvian-born Aron Nimzowitsch escaped to Berlin and then to Copenhagen to avoid being drafted into the army during the Russian Revolution. He is best known for his cult classic book My System, which promotes the Hypermodern school of chess. In spite of repeated attempts, he failed to secure a world title.

 33 Wong Fei-hung

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Famous As: Physician, Acupuncturist
Birthdate: July 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foshan
Died: March 25, 1924

 34 Eugen Sandow

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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 2, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia
Died: October 14, 1925

 35 Ebenezer Cobb Morley

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Famous As: Football player, Rower
Birthdate: August 16, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: November 20, 1924

 36 Tazio Nuvolari

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: November 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castel d’Ario, Italy
Died: August 11, 1953

Tazio Nuvolari was an Italian racing driver who raced motorcycles before focusing on sports cars. Nicknamed The Flying Mantuan, Nuvolari won 150 races including 24 Grands Prix, two Mille Miglias, five Coppa Cianos, two RAC Tourist Trophies, and two Targa Florios. Widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Nuvolari also won a European Drivers' Championship.

 37 Stephen Crane

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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Poet, Baseball player, Novelist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newark
Died: June 5, 1900

 38 Adolf Anderssen

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Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: July 6, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: March 13, 1879

 39 Louis Chevrolet

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Famous As: Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941

Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver. He is credited with co-founding the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which is currently a major manufacturer of cars. He is also credited with founding the Frontenac Motor Corporation. Louis Chevrolet was inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 40 Eddie Collins

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: May 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Millerton, New York, United States
Died: March 24, 1951

 41 John Heisman

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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: October 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
Died: October 3, 1936

 42 Howard Staunton

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Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: April 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 22, 1874

 43 Benny Leonard

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, United States
Died: April 18, 1947

 44 Tom Longboat

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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 4, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation
Died: January 9, 1949

 45 William Gilbert Grace

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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 18, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Downend, England
Died: October 23, 1915

 46 The Great Gama

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Famous As: Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: May 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: May 22, 1963

 47 Harold Abrahams

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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Sprinter, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: January 14, 1978

English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.

 48 Billy Sunday

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Birthdate: November 19, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Story County, Iowa, U.S
Died: November 6, 1935

 49 Joe Gans

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: August 10, 1910

 50 Young Tom Morris

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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Andrews, Scotland
Died: December 25, 1875