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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 9

Last Updated 07-25-2019

🏆🏈John Cappelletti -- is 67 in the year 2019 and 68 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1952
Hall of Famer, NFL Runningback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1973), Maxwell Award (1973), Walter Camp Award (1973), UPI Player of the year (1973), Chic Harley Award (1973)
Sports Teams: Penn State, Los Angeles Rams (1974-1978), San Diego Chargers (1980-1983)

🏆🏀Robert J. "Bob" Cousy -- is 91 in the year 2019 and 92 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1928 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: the oldest man to play in the NBA at age 41 1/2. At 6'1", Cousy was rather short, but his speed and agility more than made up for his size. Cousy spent 13 of his 14 seasons with the Boston Celtics, in every one of them Boston made the playoffs, he averaged 18.4 points a game with a career 16,960 points; he led the NBA in assists 8 times, career 6,955 assists; 10-time All-NBA first team (1952-61); MVP in 1957; led Boston to 6 NBA titles (1957,59-63).
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (1950-1963), Cincinnatti Royals (1969-1970), Boston College (coach (1963-1969), Cincinnatti Royals (coach, 1969-1973)

🏆🏒Brett Andrew Hull -- is 55 in the year 2019 and 56 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1964
Hall of Famer, NHL Right Wing, American, Canadian
Misc: named NHL MVP in 1991 with St. Louis; holds single season RW scoring record with 86 goals; he and father Bobby have both won Hart (MVP), Lady Byng (sportsmanship) and All-Star Game MVP trophies.
Sports Teams: Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes

🏆🎾Rod Laver -- is 81 in the year 2019 and 82 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1938
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Australian
Misc: the first player to win the "Grand Slam" twice (1962,69); Wimbledon champion 4 times; first to earn $1 million in prize money.

🏆🏁🏊Yoshi Oyakawa -- is 86 in the year 2019 and 87 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1933 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Hawaiian

🏆⚾🏈Deion Sanders -- is 52 in the year 2019 and 53 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1967
Hall of Famer, Sports Analyst, MLB Center Fielder, NFL Defensive
Names/Places: b. in Fort Myers, FL
Misc: Atlanta Braves Baseball OF and Atlanta Falcons Football DB-KR; 2-time consensus All-America at Florida St. in football (1987-88); 3-time NFL All-Pro with Atlanta Falcons (1991-93); led Major Leagues in triples (14) with Atlanta in 1992 and hit .533 in World Series the same year
Sports Teams: Atlanta Falcons (1989-1993), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-1999), Washington Redskins (2000), Baltimore Ravens (2004-2005)

🎵🎸Pete Thomas -- is 65 in the year 2019 and 66 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1954
Hall of Famer, New Wave Drummer, English
Group Names: Elvis Costello and the Attractions

🏆🏁🏊Jesse Vassallo -- is 58 in the year 2019 and 59 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1961 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Jesus David Vassallo Anadon

🏆🏈Doug Williams -- is 64 in the year 2019 and 65 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1955
Hall of Famer, NFL Executive, NFL Coach, NFL Quarterback
Misc: Superbowl XXII MVP
Sports Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1978-1982), Oklahoma Outlaws, Arizona Outlaws (previous two entries: team moved during his tenure, USFL, 1984-1985), Washington Redskins (1986-1989), Grambling State University (coach, 1998-2003, 2011-2013)

🎵Wanda Young -- is 76 in the year 2019 and 77 in the year 2020; b.8/9/1943 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Marvelettes

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🏆🏒Sir Weston Adams -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1904 d.3/19/1973 (68)
Hall of Famer, NHL Executive
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins (owner and president)

🎵Billy Henderson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1939 N.S. d.2/2/2007 N.S. (67)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Spinners

🎭🎵🏆Whitney Houston -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1963 N.S. d.2/11/2012 N.S. (48)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Model
Names/Places: b. in Newark, NJ
Misc: Star Spangled Banner singer at Superbowl 1991; Bobby Brown's wife; The Bodyguard; held the 14-week #1 pop hit record with "I'll Always Love You" until Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men beat it with "One Sweet Day" for a 16-week #1 run in 1995; in the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame
Song Titles: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know, Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Didn't We Almost Have It All, So Emotional, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Love Will Save The Day, I'm Your Baby Tonight, All The Man I Need, I Will Always Love You, I'm Every Woman, I Have Nothing, Exhale
Album Titles: Whitney Houston, Whitney, I'm Your Baby Tonight, My Love Is Your Love, Just Whitney, I Look To You, The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher's Wife
Movie Titles: The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher's Wife

🏆🏀George Hoyt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1883 d.11/11/1962 (79)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Referee
Names/Places: NN:Mr. Basketball, New England's foremost basketball referee
Misc: NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)

🏆🥊Harold Johnson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1928 d.2/19/2015 (86)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🎵Merle Kilgore -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1934 d.2/6/2005 (70)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: wrote Ring Of Fire for Johnny Cash, and Wolverton Mountain for Claude King, manager for Hank Williams Jr.
Song Titles: Wolverton Mountain (writer), Ring of Fire (writer)

🏆⚽Joseph "Joe" Mercer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1914 N.S. d.8/9/1990 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, English
Misc: left half; Distinguished British association football (soccer) player (1932-54) who went on to become a successful manager, as well.

William T. G. Morton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1819 d.7/15/1868 (48)
Hall of Famer, Dentist, Surgeon
Names/Places: MN:Thomas Green
Misc: The first to use ether (letheon) during an operation 10-16-1846

🎭🏆🥊Ken Norton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1943 d.9/18/2013 (70)
Hall of Famer, Actor, Panelist, Sports Commentator, Boxer
Misc: boxing commentator; WBC heavyweight champ in 1978, beat Mohammad Ali in 1973.
TV Shows: The Gong Show (occasional panelist)

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🎵🎸Benjamin Orr -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/9/1947 d.10/3/2000 (53)
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Rock & Roll Singer
Misc: some say b. 1950, AP gives 1955
Group Names: The Cars

🏆🏈Alan "The Horse" Ameche -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/1/1933 N.S. d.8/9/1988 N.S. (55)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1954), 2x NFL champ, 4x Pro Bowl
Sports Teams: University of Wisconsin, Baltimore Colts (1955-1960)

🏆🏁🏊Charles Daniels -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/24/1885 N.S. d.8/9/1973 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆⚽Aldo Donelli -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/22/1907 d.8/9/1994 (87)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player

🎵🎸Jerry Garcia -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/1/1942 d.8/9/1995 (53)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Classic Rock Singer, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco; RFMN:Jerome John
Group Names: The Grateful Dead (lead and co-founder)

🏆🏈Frank Gifford -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/16/1930 N.S. d.8/9/2015 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Football Announcer, NFL Quarterback, NFL Runningback
Names/Places: b. in Santa Monica, CA; Kathie Lee's husband
Misc: Monday Night Football 1971-97; 78 TDs, 5434 yds passing; 4-time All-Pro (1955-57,59); NFL MVP in 1956; led NY Giants to 3 NFL title games; TV sportscaster since 1958, beginning career while still a player.
Sports Teams: New York Giants (1952-1960, 1962-1964)

🏆🏈George Preston Marshall -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/11/1897 d.8/9/1969 (71)
Hall of Famer, NFL Owner, NFL Executive, NFL Coach
Misc: NFL president; b. Oct 13?
Sports Teams: Washington Palace Five (coach 1925-1928), Boston/Washington Redskins (owner 1932-1969)

🏆⚽Joseph "Joe" Mercer -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/9/1914 N.S. d.8/9/1990 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, English
Misc: left half; Distinguished British association football (soccer) player (1932-54) who went on to become a successful manager, as well.

🏆⚾Walter O'Malley -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/9/1903 d.8/9/1979 (75)
Hall of Famer, MLB Owner, MLB Executive
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers (previous two: his team changed locations during his ownership in 1958, owned from 1950-1979)

🏆🏁Herb Thomas -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/6/1923 d.8/9/2000 (77)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR; twice won the Grand National Racing championship, now known as the Winston Cup

🏆🏒Frederick Whitcroft -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/20/1882 d.8/9/1931 (48)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Coach, Hockey Player, Canadian
Misc: NHL Rover
Sports Teams: Renfrew Creamery Kings, Edmonton Eskimos, Kenora Thistles

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