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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age December 9

Last Updated 12-12-2019

🏆🏀Clifford O. "Cliff" Hagan -- is 88 in the year 2019 and 89 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1931
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Lil Abner
Misc: remarkably tough 6' 5 forward, played college ball at Kentucky, star for the St. Louis Hawks, helped them win 1958 NBA title. Remarkable athlete, was player /coach for years, later played in the ABA in the late 1960s as well.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Hawks (1956-1966), Dallas Caparrals (ABA player 1967-1969, coach 1967-1970)

🎵Sammy Strain -- is 80 in the year 2019 and 81 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1939 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Musician, Soul Singer
Group Names: Little Anthony & the Imperials, The O'Jays

🎭🏆🏈Dick Butkus -- is 77 in the year 2019 and 78 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1942
Hall of Famer, Actor, Sportscaster, NFL Linebacker
Names/Places: b. in Chicago; RFN:Richard Marvin
Misc: Miller Beer Commercials; 2-time All-America at Illinois (1963-64); All-Pro 7 of 9 NFL seasons with Chicago Bears, 2X best defensive player; Bears #51 retired
Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (1965-1973)
TV Shows: Rich Man Poor Man, Blue Thunder (as Richard Ski Butowski), Half Nelson, My Two Dads (as Ed Klawicki)

🏆🏈Steve Owens -- is 72 in the year 2019 and 73 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1947
Hall of Famer, NFL Runningback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1969)
Sports Teams: University of Oklahoma, Detroit Lions (1970-1974)

🎵🎸Dennis Dunaway -- is 71 in the year 2019 and 72 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1948
Hall of Famer, Lyricist, Heavy Metal Bassist
Misc: some say b. Mar 15 1946
Group Names: Alice Cooper (1969-1974)

🏆🏌Thomas O. "Tom" Kite Jr. -- is 70 in the year 2019 and 71 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1949
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Austin, Texas
Misc: won his first major with victory in 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach; NCAA champion (1972); PGA Rookie of Year (1973); PGA Player of Year (1989).

🎭🏆🥊Kurt Steven Angle -- is 51 in the year 2019 and 52 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1968 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Actor, Wrestler

🎵🎸Tre Cool -- is 47 in the year 2019 and 48 in the year 2020; b.12/9/1972 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Alternative Rock Drummer, German
Names/Places: RN: Frank Wright III
Group Names: Green Day

🏆⚾Joe Kelley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1871 d.8/14/1943 (71)
Hall of Famer, MLB Left Fielder
Sports Teams: Boston Beaneaters (1891), Pittsburgh Pirates (1892), Baltimore Orioles (NL, 1892-1898), Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1901), Baltimore Orioles (AL, 1902), Cincinnati Reds (1902-1906), Boston Doves (1908), Cincinnati Reds (manager, 1902-1905), Boston Doves (manager, 1908)

🏆Lemhényi Dezső -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1917 N.S. d.12/4/2003 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Hungarian

🏆🏒Clifford Bernard "Cliff" Thompson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1918 N.S. d.2/6/1997 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, NHL Player
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins (1939-1950)

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🏆Osvaldo Horacio Codaro -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1930 N.S. d.6/6/2017 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Argentine

🎵Junior Wells -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1934 d.1/15/1998 (63)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Harmonicaist, Blues Singer

🏆🏈David "Deacon" Jones -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1938 d.6/3/2013 (74)
Hall of Famer, NFL Defensive
Names/Places: FN:David
Misc: 2X NFL outstanding Fearsome Foursome defensive player; specialized in quarterback sacks; 5-time All-Pro (1965-69) with LA Rams; all-time NFL sack leader with 172 in 14 years; Rams #75 retired
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1961-1971), San Diego Chargers (1972-1973), Washington Redskins (1974)

🏆⚽William John "Billy" Bremner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/9/1942 N.S. d.12/7/1997 N.S. (54)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Midfielder, Scotish

🏆⚾Andrew "Rube" Foster -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/17/1879 d.12/9/1930 (51)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Pitcher
Misc: in Negro Leagues as Pitcher & Manager
Sports Teams: Chicago Union Giants (1902), Cuban X-Giants (1903), Philadelphia Giants (1904-06), Leland Giants (1907-10), Chicago American Giants (1911-17), Leland Giants (manager, 1907-10), Chicago American Giants (manager, 1911-26)

🏆🏒Harry Trihey -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/25/1877 d.12/9/1942 (64)
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: NHL Rover; played 1896-1901
Sports Teams: Montreal Shamrocks

🏆⚾Bill McGowan -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/18/1896 d.12/9/1954 (58)
Hall of Famer, MLB Umpire

🏆🏈Calvin Jones -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/7/1933 d.12/9/1956 (23)
Hall of Famer, Sports Executive, College Football Player, CFL Figure, Football Player
Misc: the first black player to win Outland Trophy [1955] and to captain a U of Iowa team; CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers; killed in plane crash following all-star game
Sports Teams: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1956)

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🏆🥊Tony Canzoneri -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/6/1908 d.12/9/1959 (51)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

💰🏆⚾Branch Rickey -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/20/1881 d.12/9/1965 (83)
Hall of Famer, Executive, MLB Manager, MLB Player
Misc: instrumental in breaking baseball's color barrier '47; initiated the minor league farm system in 1919; Cardinals and Baseball Halls of Fame member
Sports Teams: St. Louis Browns (player 1905-1906), New York Highlanders (player 1907), St. Louis Browns (player 1914), St. Louis Browns (manager 1913-1915), St. Louis Cardinals (manager 1919-1925), St. Louis Browns (G.M. 1913-1915, 1919), St. Louis Cardinals (G.M. 1919-1942), Brooklyn Dodgers (G.M. 1943-1950), Pittsburgh Pirates (G.M. 1950-1955)

🏆🏀John J. O'Brien -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/4/1888 N.S. d.12/9/1967 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Figure
Misc: Basketball referee and administrator, founded the Metropolitan Basketball League in 1925 which featured the Original Celtics; executive of the American Basketball League 1928-1953

🏆🏈Ed Healey -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1894 d.12/9/1978 (83)
Hall of Famer, NFL Tackle, College Football Player
Misc: in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Rock Island Independents (1920-1922), Chicago Bears (1923-1927)

🎵Sonny Til -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/18/1928 d.12/9/1981 (53)
Hall of Famer, Tenor, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN:Earlington Tilgham
Group Names: The Orioles

🏆🥊Earl Gray McCready -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/5/1905 N.S. d.12/9/1983 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Olympic Athlete

🎭🏆🥊Mike Mazurki -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/25/1907 d.12/9/1990 (82)
Hall of Famer, TV/Movie Actor, Director, Wrestler, Austrian
Names/Places: RN:Mikhail Mazurwski
TV Shows: It's About Time (as Clon)

🏆⚽Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/10/1926 d.12/9/1993 (67)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Northern Ireland

🏆🥊Archie Moore -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/13/1916 d.12/9/1998 (81)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Benoit, MS; RN:Archibald Lee Wright
Misc: a light-heavyweight boxing champ (1952-60), won 136 of 220 fights all by knockout. A light-heavyweight champ for ten years, he once challenged heavyweight Rocky Marciano and knocked him down in the 2nd round, but lost the bout; pro record 199-26-8 with 145 KOs; some say b. 1913.

🏆⚽Bill Looby -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/20/1931 d.12/9/1998 (67)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player

🏆🎳E. A. "Bud" Fisher -- Death Anniversary -- b.??/??/???? d.12/9/2006 (83)
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🎵Winfred "Blue" Lovett -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/16/1936 N.S. d.12/9/2014 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Bass Singer/Basso, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN: Winfred Lorenzo Lovett
Group Names: Manhattans

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