Lefty Birthdays, January 29
Lefty Celebrants, January 29
- W.C. Fields, Comedian
- Greg Louganis, Diver, Olympic gold medalist
- Oprah Winfrey, TV talk show host
Famous Lefthander Birthday, October 28
Olympic Athlete & Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner
Lefty Quote from one of the greatest baseball legends, Babe Ruth:
(Babe Ruth described his boyhood days at St. Mary’s Industrial School in Baltimore.)
“We had no catcher’s mitt built for left-handers, of course. We were lucky to have a kind of mitt. I’d used the regular catcher’s mitt on my left hand, received the throw from the pitcher, take off the glove, and throw it back to him left-handed. When I had to throw to a base, trying to catch a runner, I’d toss the glove away, grab the ball with my left hand, and heave it with everything I had.”
Famoys Lefthander Birthday Celebrant, July 5
Tennis Player Dwight Davis
Dwight Davis - Founder of Davis Cup (Tennis)
Dwight Filley Davis was an American tennis player and politician. He is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition.
He was born on July 5, 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the runner-up for the men’s singles title at the US Championships. He then teamed-up with Holcombe Ward and won the men’s doubles title at the championships for three years in a row from 1899-1901. Davis and Ward were also men’s doubles runners-up at Wimbledon in 1901.
Davis developed the structure for a new international tennis competition designed by him and three others known as the International Lawn Tennis Challenge, which was later renamed the Davis Cup in his honor. He was a member of the US team that won the first two competitions in 1900 (he was team captain) and 1902.
He died Nov. 28, 1945.
A Quote from a famous left-hander:
~ Pelé (Former Brazilian Football player) – “I was born for soccer just as Beethoven was born for music.”
Lefty Birthday Celebrants: June 24
Don Adams – The star of the television’s Maxwell Smart, has been the voice of several popular cartoon characters, such as Tennessee Tuxedo and Inspector Gadget.
Nate Archibald, Basketball player. He got his nickname “Tine” because at six feet tall he was short next to the giants in professional basketball. He was dwarfed in size, but awesome in skill.
George Burns - American Academy Award winner for The Sunshine Boys, credits his comedic timing to the use of his cigar.
Tom Cruise – Superstar actor nominated for Academy Award for his performance in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress – Her gymnastic abilities helped springboard into her first starring feature role – Girls Just Want to Have Fun.