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Aaaaa Aames -- b.3/7/1987 N.S. or 11/21/1988 O.S. or 12/31/1989 N.S. d.2/14/2011 (2) or 2/13/2012
Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor, Actor, TV Actor, Movie Actor, Stage Actor, Radio Actor, Soap Actor, TV/Movie Actor, TV/Stage Actor, TV/Radio Actor
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Barney Aaron -- b.11/21/1800 d.??/??/1850
Boxer, English

Henry Louis "Hammerin Hank" Aaron -- b.2/5/1934
MLB Right Fielder
Names/Places: b. in Mobile, Alabama
Misc: 25x All-Star (1955-1975), NL MVP 1957, 3x Gold Glove, 4x Home Run Leader and RBI Leader; Braves #44 and Brewers #44 retired; baseball's greatest slugger; Hank broke Babe Ruth's home run record of 714; led NL in HRs and RBI 4 times each and batting twice with Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves; played in 24 All-Star Games, all-time leader in HRs (755) and RBI (2,297), 3rd in hits (3,771), career 6,856 total bases; executive with the Braves and TBS, Inc.
Sports Teams: Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1954-1974), Milwaukee Brewers (1975-1976)

Young Barney Aaron -- b.??/??/1836 d.6/4/1907
Boxer, English

Senda Berenson Abbott -- b.3/19/1868 N.S. d.2/16/1954 N.S. (85)
Basketball Figure
Misc: authored the first Basketball Guide for Women (1901-07)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- b.4/16/1947
Movie Actor, NBA Center
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
Misc: 3x NCAA Men's Basketball Champion (1967-1969) who led UCLA to 3 titles; 3x NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1967-1969); Naismith College Player of the Year (1969); 2x USBWA College Player of the Year (1967-1968); 2x Player of The Year; NBA Rookie of the Year (1970); NBA All-Rookie Team (1970); led Milwaukee (1) and LA Lakers (5) to 6 NBA titles (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1988); 2x NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985); NBA regular season MVP 6 times (1971-1972, 1974, 1976-1977, 1980); 19x NBA All-Star (1970-1977, 1979-1989); also of Boston Celtics; 38,387 career points!; 787 consecutive double-figure games, most lifetime games played (1,560), and most field goals (15,524); postseason: 237 games, 5762 points, 24.3 ppg; 10x All-NBA First Team (1971-1974, 1976-1977, 1980-1981, 1984, 1986); 5x All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978-1979, 1983, 1985); 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974-1975, 1979-1981); 6x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970-1971, 1976-1978, 1984); movie: Airplane's Roger Murdoch; retired after 20 seasons as all-time leader in over 20 categories; career 17,440 rebounds; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Lakers #33 retired, Bucks #33 retired
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975), Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989)

Clarence John "Taffy" Abel -- b.5/28/1900 N.S. d.8/1/1964 N.S. (64)
NHL Player, American
Misc: played 1924-1934
Sports Teams: New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks

Sid Abel -- b.2/22/1918 d.2/8/2000 (81)
NHL Coach, NHL Center, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1938-1954
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL), Indianapolis Capitals (AHL)

Paul Ackerman -- b.2/18/1908 d.12/31/1977 (69)
Journalist
Misc: influential music journalist

Roy Acuff -- b.9/15/1903 d.11/23/1992 (89)
Songwriter, Music Publisher, Fiddler, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Maynardsville, TN; NN:King of Country Music; MN:Claxton
Misc: The Wabash Cannonball & The Great White Speckled Bird; Grand Ole Opry
Song Titles: The Prodigal Son, I'll Forgive You But I Can't Forget
TV Shows: Hee Haw (regular)

Charles Francis Adams -- b.10/19/1876 d.10/2/1947 (70)
NHL Player, Hockey Executive
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins (executive who formed the team)

Jack Adams -- b.6/14/1895 d.5/1/1968 (72)
NHL General Manager, NHL Coach, NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played 1917-1927; won 7 Stalney Cups
Sports Teams: Toronto/Toronto Arenas, Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings (head coach and general manager for 36 years)

John Adams -- b.10/30/1735 d.7/4/1826 (90)
Revolutionary, President/Vice President, Attorney/Lawyer
Names/Places: b. in Braintree, MA; John Quincy Adams' dad
Misc: the first U.S. Vice President; 2nd U.S. President (1797-1801); Declaration of Independence signer

John Quincy Adams -- b.7/11/1767 d.2/23/1848 (80)
President, Congressperson
Names/Places: b. in Braintree, Mass; John's son
Misc: 6th U.S. President (1825-29)

Russ Adams -- b.7/30/1930
Photographer, Tennis Player
Misc: called by his peers the "dean" of modern tennis photography

Tony Adams -- b.10/10/1966
Soccer Defender, Soccer Manager, English
Misc: MBE

Sir Weston Adams -- b.8/9/1904 d.3/19/1973 (68)
NHL Executive
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins (owner and president)

Jane Addams -- b.9/6/1860 d.5/21/1935 (74)
Author, Social Reformer, Political Activist
Misc: Nobel Peace Laureate; founded Hull House in Chicago, Nobel 1931

Herbert Allen "Herb" Adderley -- b.6/8/1939
NFL Cornerback
Misc: 5x Pro Bowl, 4x First-Team All-Pro, 5x NFL champ, 3x Super Bowl champ; defensive cornerback and kickoff-return specialist; in the Packers Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers (1961-1969), Dallas Cowboys (1970-1972)

Pauline Betz Addie -- b.8/6/1919 d.5/31/2011 (91)
Tennis Player
Misc: Wimbledon champ 1946

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George Adee -- b.1/4/1874 d.1/31/1948 (74)
Tennis Player

Lou Adler -- b.12/13/1933
Music Producer, Pop Singer

Steven "Popcorn" Adler -- b.1/22/1965
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Guns 'n Roses

William Fritz Afflis -- b.6/27/1929 d.11/10/1991 N.S. (62)
Football Player, Wrestler
Names/Places: aka Richard Afflis; ring name:Dick The Bruiser

Joshua Agajanian -- b.6/16/1913 d.5/5/1984 (70)
Auto Racer
Names/Places: NN:J.C. or Aggie
Misc: was an influential figure in American motorsports history. He was a promoter and race car owner.

Andre Agassi -- b.4/29/1970
Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Las Vegas; Brooke Shields' ex-hubby.

Jean "Louis" Rodolphe Agassiz -- b.5/28/1807 d.12/14/1873 (66)
Author, Geologist, Naturalist, Educator, Swiss

Jeff Agoos -- b.5/2/1968
Soccer Player

Benjamin Agosto -- b.1/15/1982 N.S.
Figure Skater, Ice Dancer, Olympic Athlete
Misc: famous for his partnership with Tanith Belbin

Clay Aiken -- b.11/30/1978
Pop Singer, Gay
TV Shows: American Idol (runner-up 2003)

Troy Aikman -- b.11/21/1966
Sports Commentator, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: 6x Pro Bowl; was the number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman played twelve consecutive seasons as quarterback with the Cowboys. During his career he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, led the team to three Super Bowl victories, and was the Super Bowl XXVII MVP; Cowboys #8 no longer issued (retired?); in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Oklahoma (1984-1985), UCLA (1986-1988), Dallas Cowboys (1989-2000)

Michelle Akers -- b.2/1/1966
Soccer Player
Misc: starred in the 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup victory in the USA

Daphne Akhurst -- b.4/22/1903 d.1/9/1933 (29)
Tennis Player, Welsh (Wales)

Wasim Akram -- b.6/3/1966 N.S.
Cricket Player, Pakistan
Misc: in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Captain Lou Albano -- b.7/29/1933 d.10/14/2009 (76)
Actor, Wrestler, Wrestling Manager, American, Italian
Misc: Led 13 different tag teams to a record 17 tag team titles. His association with Cyndi Lauper was pivotal in turning professional wrestling into a mainstream phenomenon.

Marv Albert -- b.6/12/1941
Sports Writer, Sportscaster
Names/Places: NN:The Voice of Basketball
Misc: AP says 1941, other sources give 1939 and 1943
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (broadcaster)
TV Shows: NBC Sports

Carlos Alberto -- b.7/17/1944
Soccer Defender, Brazilian
Names/Places: RN: Carlos Alberto Torres
Misc: one of the best defenders of all time; captained Brazil to victory in the 1970 World Cup

Chrisiem Gunnar "Chris" Albertson -- b.10/18/1931
Writer, Journalist, Music Executive, Music Producer
Misc: jazz journalist

Mitch Albom -- b.5/23/1958
Author, Screenwriter, Dramatist, Journalist, Musician, Sports Writer

Tenley Albright -- b.7/18/1935
Surgeon, Figure Skater, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 2-time world champion (1953,55), won Olympic silver (1952) and gold (1956) medals; became a surgeon.

Amy Strum Alcott -- b.2/22/1956
Golfer
Misc: Alcott was the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1975. Her best year was 1980 when she won the U.S. Women's Open and three other tournaments, averaging 71.51 per round

Alan Alda -- b.1/28/1936
Screen/Scriptwriter, Roman Catholic, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Alphonso D'Abruzzo, Robert's son
TV Shows: That Was the Week That Was (regular), M*A*S*H* (as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce), ER (as Dr. Gabriel Lawrence 1999), The West Wing (as Sen. Arnold Vinick), The Big C, The Blacklist
Movie Titles: The Aviator, What Women Want, Tower Heist, California Suite, Four Seasons, Everyone Says I Love You, Mad City, Flash of Genius

Lidiya Alekseyeva -- b.7/4/1924 N.S. d.6/26/2014 N.S. (89)
Basketball Coach, Russian
Misc: in the Women's Basketball, FIBA and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame

Dave Michael Alexander -- b.6/3/1947 d.2/10/1975 (27)
Punk Rock Bassist
Group Names: The Stooges

Fred Alexander -- b.8/14/1880 d.3/3/1969 (88)
Tennis Player

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Grover Cleveland Alexander -- b.2/26/1887 d.11/4/1950 (63)
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Old Pete
Misc: won 374 NL games, pitched 16 shutouts in 1916, Alexander is second only to Cy Young in major league games won, born in Elba, Nebraska. Ronald Reagan stared in a film of his life in 1952. (Phillies/Cubs).
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (1911-1917, 1930), Chicago Cubs (1918-1926), St. Louis Cardinals (1926-1929)

Mary Alfonsi -- b.5/23/1942 d.8/25/2011 (69)
Wrestler
Names/Places: aka Donna Christanello

Muhammad Ali -- b.1/17/1942 d.6/3/2016 N.S. (74)
TV/Movie Actor, Boxer, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Louisville, Ky.; RN:Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Misc: He floats like a butterfly, & stings like a bee, he was the greatest, Muhammad Ali; 1960 Olympic lightheavyweight champion; only 3-time world heavyweight champ (1964-67,1974-78,1978-79); defeated Sonny Liston (1964), George Foreman (1974) and Leon Spinks (1978) for title; fought Joe Frazier in 3 memorable bouts (1971-75), winning twice; adopted Black Muslim faith in 1964 and changed name; stripped of title in 1967 after conviction for refusing induction into U.S. Army; verdict reversed by Supreme Court in 1971; career record of 56-5 with 37 KOs and 19 successful title defenses for $69 million in earnings.

Ivor Allchurch -- b.10/16/1929 d.7/10/1997 (67)
Soccer Player, Welsh (Wales)

Bill Allen -- b.??/??/1934 d.3/24/1992 (57)
Bowler

Bill "Hoss" Allen -- b.12/3/1922 d.2/25/1997 (74)
Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: NN:Hossman or Hoss

Dwayne D. Allen -- b.4/29/1943
Country Singer/Guitarist
Misc: some say b. 1944
Group Names: The Oak Ridge Boys

Fred Allen -- b.5/31/1894 d.3/17/1956 (61)
TV/Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Cambridge, Mass; RN:John Florence Sullivan
Misc: a big name in the radio era
TV Shows: What's My Line

George Allen -- b.4/29/1922 d.12/31/1990 (72)
Football Announcer, NFL Coach, USFL Figure
Names/Places: b. in Detroit, MI
Misc: coached the L.A. Rams and Washington Redskins and the winningest for those two teams; 3rd best winning % (71.2) in the NFL; 1972 NFC Champ, 1984 USFL Western Conference Champ, 2x AP NFL Coach of the Year, 2x UPI NFL Coach of the Year
Sports Teams: Morningside College (NCAA), (1948-1950), Whittier College (NCAA), (1951-1956), Los Angeles Rams (1957), Chicago Bears (1958-1965), Los Angeles Rams (1966-1970), Washington Redskins (1971-1977), Chicago Blitz (USFL 1983), Arizona Wranglers (USFL 1984), Long Beach State (NCAA 1990)

Gracie Allen -- b.7/26/1895 d.8/27/1964 (69)
Radio Actress, TV/Movie Actress, Comedienne
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco; RN:Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen; George Burn's wife & costar in Burns & Allen TV Show
Misc: many say b. 1906 or d. Aug 28
TV Shows: Burns and Allen

Larry Allen -- b.11/27/1971
NFL Player
Misc: 11x Pro Bowl, 7x All-Pro
Sports Teams: Dallas Cowboys (1994-2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006-2007)

Marcus Allen -- b.3/26/1960
NFL Runningback, NFL Halfback, College Football Player
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, CA
Misc: Super Bowl XVIII MVP; 6x Pro Bowl, Heisman Trophy (1981); in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Southern California, Los Angeles Raiders (1982-1992), Kansas City Chiefs (1993-1997)

Mel Allen -- b.2/14/1913 d.6/16/1996 (83)
Attorney/Lawyer, TV Host, Baseball Announcer
Names/Places: b. in Birmingham, Ala.; NN:Mr. TV Baseball; RN:Melvin Allen Israel
Misc: How about that?; Ford C. Frick award winner in 1978
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (sportscaster)
TV Shows: NBC Sports, This Week in Baseball
Movie Titles: Movietone Newsreels

Phog Allen -- b.11/18/1885 d.9/16/1974 (88)
College Baseball Player, College Football Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: RN: Forrest Clare
Misc: was instrumental in making basketball an Olympic sport; in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Kansas (basketball player 1905-1907, baseball player 1906-1907, football coach 1920, basketball coach 1907-1909, 1919-1956, baseball coach 1941-1942, administrative 1919-1937), Warrensburg Teachers (football coach 1912-1917, basketball coach 1912-1919), Baker (KS, basketball coach 1905-1908), Haskell Institute (basketball coach 1908-1909)

Rusty Allen -- b.3/13/1953
Bassist
Group Names: Sly & the Family Stone

Scott Ethan Allen -- b.2/8/1949
Figure Skater

Steve Allen -- b.12/26/1921 d.10/30/2000 (78)
Humorist, Movie Actor, Comedian, TV Talk Show Host, Composer, Radio Disc Jock, Musician
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Jayne Meadows' hubby
Misc: wrote over 2,000 songs
TV Shows: What's My Line, I've Got a Secret, Tonight Show (the first Tonight Show Host 1954-57), Rich Man Poor Man

Thomas Sylvester "Papa Dee" Allen -- b.7/18/1931 d.8/30/1988 (57)
Songwriter, Keyboardist, Percussionist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: War

Tom Allen -- b.4/1/1840 d.4/5/1904 (64)
Boxer, English

Bobby Allison -- b.12/3/1937
Auto Racer
Names/Places: b. in Hueytown, AL; RN:Robert Arthur; father of Davey.
Misc: 3-time winner of Daytona 500 (1978,82,88); NASCAR national champ in 1983

Davey Allison -- b.2/25/1961 d.7/13/1993 (32)
Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR

Donnie Allison -- b.9/7/1939
Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup circuit; won 10x.

Glenn Allison -- b.5/22/1930
Bowler
Names/Places: aka Mr. 900
Misc: won four titles and 10 other top 10 finishes.

Jerry Ivan Allison -- b.8/31/1939
Songwriter, Singer, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: The Crickets (with and without Buddy Holly)

Joe Allison -- b.10/3/1924 d.8/2/2002 (77)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Country Musician

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Luther Allison -- b.8/17/1939 d.8/12/1997 (57)
Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist
Misc: formed the Rolling Stones in 1954 (not the Mick Jagger group) with his brother Gran and was renamed the Four Jivers later on; soloist

Malcolm Allison -- b.9/5/1927 d.10/14/2010 (83)
Soccer Player, English
Misc: centre half and manager

Verne Allison -- b.6/22/1936
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Dells

Wilmer Allison -- b.12/8/1904 d.4/20/1977 (72)
Tennis Player
Misc: U.S. Open 1935

Peter Alliss -- b.2/28/1931
Golfer, English
Misc: BBC television presenter and commentator, author and golf course designer.

Duane Allman -- b.11/20/1946 d.10/29/1971 (24)
Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Macon, GA; d. in a Motorcycle accident
Misc: Associated acts: The Hour Glass, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Jenkins, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominos, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Mann, Gregg Allman, The Allman Joys, Boz Scaggs
Group Names: The Allman Brothers

Gregg Allman -- b.12/8/1947
Baptist, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Nashville
Group Names: The Allman Brothers Band, soloist
Song Titles: Ramblin' Man (as part of The Allman Brothers Band), Midnight Rider, I'm No Angel, Anything Goes
Album Titles: At Fillmore East (live), Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters, Win Lose or Draw, Enlightened Rogues, Reach For The Sky (previous titles as part of The Allman Brothers Band), Laid Back, Playin' Up a Storm, I'm No Angel, Low Country Blues

Roberto Alomar -- b.2/5/1968
MLB Second Baseman
Misc: 4x Silver Slugger, 10x Gold Glove, 12x All Star, AL LCS MVP 1992 (Blue Jays), All Star MVP 1998 (Orioles); Blue Jays #12 retired
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres (1988-1990), Toronto Blue Jays (1991-1995), Baltimore Orioles (1996-1998), Cleveland Indians (1999-2001), New York Mets (2002-2003), Chicago White Sox (2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004), Chicago White Sox (2004)

Manuel Alonso -- b.11/12/1895 d.10/11/1984 (88)
Tennis Player

Herb Alpert -- b.3/31/1935
Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Bandleader, Jazz Trumpeter
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles
Misc: A&M records cofounder with Jerry Moss
Group Names: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, soloist
Song Titles: The Lonely Bull, A Taste of Honey, Casino Royale, A Banda, This Guy's In Love With You, Spanish Flea (the theme for The Dating Game), Rise, Diamonds (with Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith)
Album Titles: The Lonely Bull (debut album in 1962), Whipped Cream and Other Delights (1965)

Shirley Alston -- b.6/10/1941
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RLN:Owens; aka LN:Alston Reeves
Group Names: The Shirelles (lead)

Walter Alston -- b.12/1/1911 d.10/1/1984 (72)
MLB Manager, MLB Player
Misc: 2040 wins; led the Dodgers to 7 pennants and 4 World Series victories; Professional National League baseball manager whose career with the Los Angeles (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers was the third longest for managers after Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1936), Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (manager 1954-1976)

Barry Alvarez -- b.12/30/1946
College Football Coach, High School Football Coach
Misc: won the Rose Bowl in 1994; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Iowa, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin

Lance Alworth -- b.8/3/1940
NFL Wide Receiver
Misc: career 85 TD passes
Sports Teams: San Diego Chargers (1962-1970), Dallas Cowboys (1971-1972)

Joe Amato -- b.6/13/1944
Auto Racer, Drag Racer
Names/Places: RN:Jospeh Benjamin Paul Amato Jr.
Misc: NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)

Lou Ambers -- b.11/8/1913 d.4/24/1995 (81)
Boxer

Joey Ambrose -- b.3/23/1934
Rock & Roll Saxophonist
Group Names: The Comets (the backing band for Bill Haley)

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

Jeff Ament -- b.3/10/1963
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Pearl Jam

Tony Amonte -- b.8/2/1970
NHL Right Wing
Names/Places: RFMN:Anthony Lewis
Sports Teams: New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames

Andree Anderson -- b.??/??/????
Figure Skater

Arn Anderson -- b.9/20/1958 N.S.
Wrestler
Misc: WWE Hall of Famer; allied with The Four Horsemen; competed 1982-1997

Bill Anderson -- b.11/1/1937
Actor, Game Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Columbia, SC; NN:Whispering Bill; RFN:James William
Song Titles: Mama Sang a Song, Still, I Get the Fever, For Loving You, My Life, World of Make Believe, Sometimes
TV Shows: The Better Sex (game show host), Fandango (game show host)

Dave Anderson -- b.5/6/1929 N.S.
Author, Sports Writer

Donny Anderson -- b.5/16/1943
NFL Punter, NFL Runningback
Names/Places: RN:Gary Donny
Misc: Super Bowls I and II; in the Green Bay Packers and College Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Texas Tech, Green Bay Packers (1966-1971), St. Louis Cardinals (1972-1974)

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Glenn Anderson -- b.10/2/1960
NHL Right Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1980-1997
Sports Teams: Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs

Harold Anderson -- b.9/11/1902 N.S. d.6/13/1967 N.S. (64)
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Toledo (coach 1934-1942), Bowling Green State University (coach 1942-1963)

Jon Anderson -- b.10/25/1944
Lyricist, Songwriter, Drummer, Rock & Roll Singer, English
Group Names: Yes, Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe, soloist

Malcolm Anderson -- b.3/3/1935
Tennis Player, Australian

Morten Anderson -- b.8/19/1960
NFL Placekicker, College Football Player
Names/Places: aka spelled Morten Andersen; NN: The Great Dane
Misc: 7x Pro Bowl, 6x All-Pro; in the Saints and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Michigan State University, New Orleans Saints (1982-1994), Atlanta Falcons (1995-2000, 2006-2007), New York Giants (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (2002-2003), Minnesota Vikings (2004)

Signe Toly Anderson -- b.9/15/1941 d.1/28/2016 N.S. (74)
Rock & Roll Singer
Group Names: Jefferson Airplane (one of the founding members)

Sparky Anderson -- b.2/22/1934 d.11/4/2010 (76)
MLB Manager, MLB Player
Names/Places: RFMN:George Lee; b. in Bridgewater, S.D.
Misc: only manager to win World Series in each league--Cincinnati in NL (1975-76) and Detroit in AL (1984); moved past Joe McCarthy in 1994 to become 3rd-ranked skipper on all-time career list with 2,168 wins (2,134 regular season and 34 postseason); Tigers #11 retired, Reds #10 retired
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (1959), Cincinnatti Reds (manager 1970-1978), Detroit Tigers (manager 1979-1995)

Viv Anderson -- b.7/29/1956
Soccer Coach, Soccer Defender, English

Willie Anderson -- b.5/31/1880 d.10/25/1910 (30)
Golfer, Scotish
Misc: some say b.1878

Benny Andersson -- b.12/16/1946
Keyboardist, Pianist, Synthesizer, Pop Singer, Swedish
Names/Places: b. in Stockholm; FN:Goran Bror
Group Names: ABBA

Mario Andretti -- b.2/28/1940
Auto Racer, Italian
Names/Places: father of Michael and Jeff, uncle of John; a twin; b. in Montona, Trieste
Misc: four-time USAC/CART national champion (1965-66,69,84); only driver to win Daytona 500 (1967), Indy 500 (1969) and Formula One world title (1978); Indy 500 Rookie of Year (1965)

Michael Mario Andretti -- b.10/5/1962
Auto Racer
Misc: 1992 CART national champion with single season record 8 wins; Indy 500 Rookie of Year (1984); left IndyCar circuit for ill-fated Formula One try in 1993; returned to IndyCar in '94; entered 1994 with 27 career wins; son of Mario.

Sammy Angott -- b.1/17/1915 d.10/22/1980 (65)
Boxer

Paul Anka -- b.7/30/1941
Composer, Songwriter, Adult-Pop Singer, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Ottawa
Song Titles: The Tonight Show Theme (composer), Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Diana, Puppy Love

Robert Annis -- b.9/5/1928 d.3/31/1995 (66)
Soccer Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: defender position

Arthur "Afa" Anoa'i Sr. -- b.11/21/1942 N.S.
Wrestler, Wrestling Manager
Misc: Samoan

Leati "Sika" Anoa'i -- b.4/5/1945 N.S.
Wrestler, Samoan
Misc: formed The Wild Samoans with his brother Afa

Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i -- b.10/2/1966 N.S. d.10/23/2000 N.S. (34)
Wrestler
Names/Places: ring name: Yokozuna

Philip Anschutz -- b.12/28/1939
Entrepreneur, Soccer Player, Soccer Owner
Misc: the most influential person in growning soccer in the USA; owned 6 of 10 MLS teams in the early 2000s

Adrian "Cap" Anson -- b.4/17/1852 d.4/14/1922 (69)
MLB Manager, MLB First Baseman
Misc: 3081 hits, 8x NL RBI leder, 2x NL batting champ; started spring training practice
Sports Teams: Rockford Forest Citys (player 1871), Philadelphia Athletics (player 1872-1875), Chicago White Stockings/Colts (player 1876-1897), Philadelphia Athletics (manager 1875), Chicago White Stockings/Colts (manager 1879-1897), New York Giants (manager 1898)

Earl Anthony -- b.4/27/1938 d.8/14/2001 (63)
Bowler
Names/Places: b. in Kent, Wash.; NN:The Earl of Bowling
Misc: the winningest in history; 6-time PBA Bowler of Year; 41 career titles; first to earn $100,000 in 1 season (1975); first to earn $1 million in career.

Michael Anthony -- b.6/20/1953
Songwriter, Heavy Metal Bassist
Names/Places: RLN:Sogolewski; b. in Chicago
Misc: some say b. in July but incorrect; makes his own line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony; some say b. 1954 or 1955
Group Names: Van Halen, Chickenfoot

Susan Bromwell Anthony -- b.2/15/1820 d.3/13/1906 (86)
Civil Rights Leader, Suffragate, Educator
Names/Places: b. in Adam's, Massachusetts; d. in Rochester, N.Y.
Misc: Women's Rights Pioneer; on a $1 quarter-sized coin

Clifford Antone -- b.10/27/1949 d.5/23/2006 (56)
Music Figure
Misc: founder of a blues club Antone's that helped start the careers of Texas music artists

Isao Aoki -- b.8/31/1942
Golfer, Japanese

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Luis "Little Louie" Aparicio -- b.4/29/1934
MLB Shortstop, Venezuelan
Misc: 13x All-Star, 9x Gold Glove; all-time leader in most games, assists, chances and double plays by shortstop; led AL in stolen bases a record 9 times (1956-64); 506 career steals; White Sox #11 retired
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox (1956-1962), Baltimore Orioles (1963-1967), Chicago White Sox (1968-1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-1973)

Fred Apostoli -- b.2/2/1913 d.11/29/1973 (60)
Boxer

Luke Appling -- b.4/2/1907 d.1/3/1991 (83)
MLB Shortstop
Names/Places: NN:Old Aches & Pains; RN:Lucas Benjamin Appling Jr.
Misc: 7x All-Star; White Sox #4 retired
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox (player 1930-1943, 1945-1950), Kansas City Athletics (manager 1967)

Sylvanus Marshall "Syl" Apps -- b.8/1/1947
NHL Center, Pole Vaulter, Canadian
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs

Al Arbour -- b.11/1/1932 d.8/28/2015 N.S. (82)
NHL Coach, NHL Player, Canadian
Misc: played 1949-1971; coached NY Islanders to 4 straight Stanley Cup titles (1980-83); retired after 1993-94 season 2nd on all-time career list with 902 wins (779 regular season and 123 postseason).
Sports Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders (coach)

Eddie Arcaro -- b.2/19/1916 d.11/14/1997 (81)
Sportscaster, Jockey
Names/Places: b. in Cincinnatti; RN:George Edward
Misc: rode 4779 winners, a 2-time Triple Crown winner (Whirlaway in 1941, Citation in '48); won the Kentucky Derby five times, Preakness and Belmont Stakes 6 times each.

Steve Archbald -- b.9/27/1956
Soccer Striker, Soccer Manager, Scotish
Misc: in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

John Archibald -- b.??/??/???? d.1/3/2011 (83)
Bowler
Misc: also a bowling writer

Nathaniel "Nate" Archibald -- b.9/2/1948
NBA Player
Names/Places: NN:Tiny
Misc: career 6,476 assists; scored almost 35 points per game though barely 6 feet tall; NBA Champion (1981), 6x NBA All-Star (1973, 1975-1976, 1980-1982), 3x All-NBA First Team (1973, 1975-1976), 2x All-NBA Second Team (1972, 1981), 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Kings #1 retired, UTEP #14 retired
Sports Teams: UTEP (1967-1970), Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City Kings (1970-1976), New York Nets (1976-1979), Buffalo Braves (1977-1978), Boston Celtics (1978-1983), Milwaukee Bucks (1983-1984)

Osvaldo Ardiles -- b.8/3/1952
Soccer Player, Argentine
Misc: center midfielder

José "Chepito" Areas -- b.7/25/1946
Rock & Roll Percussionist, Nicaraguan
Group Names: Santana

Arthur Arfons -- b.2/3/1926 d.12/3/2007 (81)
Auto Racer
Misc: Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH; three-time holder of the world's land-speed record for wheeled vehicles; tractor pulling

Alexis Arguello -- b.4/19/1952 d.7/1/2009 (57)
Boxer, Nicaraguan

Paul J. Arizin -- b.4/9/1928 d.12/12/2006 (78)
NBA Guard
Names/Places: NN:Pitchin' Paul
Misc: 16,266 point career; led league in scoring [1951-52] [1956-57]; NBA's fifth player to score over 10,000 points. Line drive shooter, scoring star at Villanova, then for the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1950s
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Warriors (1950-1962), Camden Bullets (EPBL 1962-1965)

Alberto "Baby" Arizmendi -- b.3/17/1914 d.12/31/1962 (48)
Boxer, Mexican

Roone Arledge -- b.7/8/1931 d.12/5/2002 (71)
TV Executive, TV Producer
Names/Places: b. in Forest Hills, N.Y.
Misc: introduced instant replay, stop-action, split screens, & slow motion
TV Shows: ABC's Wide World of Sports (producer), ABC Sports (executiuve), ABC News (executive)

Jimmy Armfield -- b.9/21/1935
Sports Commentator, Soccer Player, English
Misc: CBE, DL; right back and manager

Tommy Armour -- b.9/24/1895 d.9/11/1968 (72)
Golfer, Scotish

Billie Joe Armstrong -- b.2/17/1972
Actor, Songwriter, Alternative Rock Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Green Day

Desmond Kevin Armstrong -- b.11/2/1964
Soccer Player
Misc: midfielder who was a member of the U.S. national team from 1987 to 1994.

Edwin Howard Armstrong -- b.12/18/1890 d.1/31/1954 (63)
Engineer, Inventor
Names/Places: b. in New York
Misc: the inventor of wide-band FM (frequency modulation) radio braodcasting

George Edward Armstrong -- b.7/6/1930
NHL Center, NHL Right Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1949-1971
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs

Henry Armstrong -- b.12/12/1912 d.10/24/1988 (75)
Boxer
Names/Places: RLN:Jackson
Misc: Held feather-, welter-& lghtwt-titles simultaneously 1937-38

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong -- b.8/4/1901 d.7/6/1971 (69)
Cornetist, Bandleader, Jazz Singer, Jazz Trumpeter
Names/Places: aka Pops; RN:Daniel Louis; wed 6x's
Misc: New Orleans jazzman; not 7-4-00 acc to baptist papers, baptized Aug 25; originatd the "scat" vocal
Song Titles: Hello Dolly

Otis Armstrong -- b.11/15/1950
NFL Runningback, College Football Player
Misc: AFC Leading Rusher: [1974]: Super Bowl XII; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Purdue University, Denver Broncos (1973-1980)

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Desi Arnaz -- b.3/2/1917 d.12/2/1986 (69)
TV/Movie Actor, TV Host, Producer/Director, Foreign Singer, Bandleader, Cuban
Names/Places: b. in Santiago; RN:Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Archa III; 2x Lucille Ball's hubby
Misc: executive producer with Lucille Ball for sitcoms The Mothers-In-Law, The Lucy Show, The Ann Sothern Show, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, I Love Lucy, and Willy
TV Shows: I Love Lucy (as Ricky Ricardo & creator), Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (host)

Desi Arnaz Jr. -- b.1/19/1953
TV Actor
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles, CA; Lucille Ball & Desi's son
Misc: on the first TV Guide cover (born on same day as Little Ricky!)
TV Shows: Here's Lucy (as Craig Carter), Automan (as Walter)

Billy Boy Arnold -- b.9/16/1935
Songwriter, Harmonicaist, Blues Singer/Guitarist

Eddy Arnold -- b.5/15/1918 d.5/8/2008 (89)
Actor, TV Host, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Henderson, TX; RFMN:Richard Edward; NN:The Tennessee Plawboy and The Country Crosby
TV Shows: The Eddy Arnold Show

Jerome Arnold -- b.11/12/1936
Bassist, Blues Performer
Names/Places: Billy Boy Arnold's brother; RN:Romeo Maurice Arnold
Group Names: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Howlin' Wolf

Beatrice Arthur -- b.5/13/1922 d.4/25/2009 (86)
Jewish, TV/Stage Actress, Comedienne
Names/Places: RN:Bernice Frankel; b. in New York City
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Maude Findlay also on Maude), Amanda's, The Golden Girls (as Dorothy Zbornak)
Movie Titles: Mame, Lovers and Other Strangers

Alberto Ascari -- b.7/13/1918 d.5/26/1955 (36)
Auto Racer, Italian
Misc: Formula One

Richie Ashburn -- b.3/19/1927 d.9/9/1997 (70)
MLB Infielder
Names/Places: NN:Putt-Putt, The Tilden Flash, Whitey
Misc: two-time winner of the NL batting title
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (1948-1959), Chicago Cubs (1960-1961), New York Mets (1962)

Arthur Ashe -- b.7/10/1943 d.2/6/1993 (49)
Commentator, Political Activist, Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Richmond, Va.
Misc: the first black U.S. singles champ, '68; Wimbledon '75

Barry Asher -- b.7/14/1946
Jewish, Bowler

Ronald Frank "Ron" Asheton -- b.7/17/1948 d.1/1/2009 (60)
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: The Stooges

Scott "Rock Action" Asheton -- b.8/16/1949 d.3/15/2014 (64)
Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: The Stooges

Rosalind Ashford -- b.9/2/1943
Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit
Group Names: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

Edward Asner -- b.11/15/1929
Jewish, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Kansas City, MO; RFN:Yitzak Eddie
Misc: ex-SAG president
TV Shows: Lou Grant (as Lou Grant), Mary Tyler Moore (as Lou Grant); Roots (as Capt. Davies), Rich Man Poor Man, Captain Planet & the Planeteers, The Bronx Zoo, Trials of Rosie O'Neill (as Walter Kovatch), Fish Police, Hearts Afire (as George Lahti), Thunder Alley (as Gil), The Bachelor, Center of the Universe (as Art Pressman), Up

Harold Asplund -- b.11/29/1905 d.4/20/1982 (76)
Bowler

Fred Astaire -- b.5/10/1899 d.6/22/1987 (88)
Episcopalian, TV/Movie Actor, TV Host, Choreographer, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Omaha, Ne.; RN:Frederick Austerlitz; Robin Smith's hubby; d. in Los Angeles
TV Shows: major star of 30 film musicals; It Takes a Thief (as Alister), Alcoa Premiere

"Chet" Atkins -- b.6/20/1924 d.6/30/2001 (77)
Music Producer, Arranger, Country Singer/Guitarist, Folk Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Luttrell, TN; RFMN:Chester Burton
Misc: a legendary musician; of the Grand Ole Opry; he made over 100 albums; he oversaw Elvis Presley's biggest records

Doug Atkins -- b.5/8/1930 d.12/30/2015 N.S. (85)
NFL Defensive
Names/Places: b. r. Humboldt, TN
Misc: 8x Pro Bowl,, 4x First Team All-Pro; Saints #81 retired, Tennessee Volunteers #91 retired; in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Tennessee, Cleveland Browns (1953-1954), Chicago Bears (1955-1966), New Orleans Saints (1967-1969)

Juliette Atkinson -- b.4/15/1873 d.1/12/1944 (70)
Tennis Player

Abraham "Abe" Attell -- b.2/22/1884 d.2/7/1970 (85)
Boxer

John James Audubon -- b.4/26/1785 d.1/27/1851 (65)
Painter, Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist, Haitian
Misc: painted over 500 paintings of North American birds

Red Auerbach -- b.9/20/1917 d.10/28/2006 (89)
NBA Executive, NBA Coach
Names/Places: RN:Arnold Jacob Auerbach
Misc: the winningest coach in NBA history; won 1,037 times (including playoffs) in 20 years; as coach-GM, led Boston to 9 NBA titles, including 8 in a row (1959-66); NBA Coach of the Year award named after him; retired as Celtics' coach in 1966 and as GM in '84; club president.
Sports Teams: Washington Capitols (1946-1950), Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1949-1950), Boston Celtics (1950-1966 coach and president)

Mike Aulby -- b.3/24/1960
Bowler
Misc: won three ABC Masters titles in 1989, 1995, 1998, and a 27 time PBA Tour titlist.

Robert "Bertie" Auld -- b.3/23/1938
Soccer Midfielder, Soccer Manager, Scotish

Andrew Ault -- b.1/26/1900 d.12/6/1977 (77)
Soccer Player, Scotish
Misc: midfielder and forward

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Geno Auriemma -- b.3/23/1954 N.S.
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: St. Joseph's (1978-1979), University of Virginia (1979-1981), University of Connecticut (1985-current as of 2016)

Henry Austin -- b.8/20/1906 d.8/20/2000 (94)
Tennis Player, English

Tracy Austin -- b.12/2/1962
Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Rolling Hills, CA
Misc: Youngest to win $1,000,000 & U.S. Open; some say b. Dec 12; youngest player ever to win U.S. Open (age 16 in 1979); won 2nd U.S. Open in '81; named AP Female Athlete of Year twice before she was 20; recurring neck and back injuries shortened her career after June, 1983; youngest player ever inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame (age 29 in 1992).

Gene Autry -- b.9/29/1907 d.10/2/1998 (91)
TV/Movie Actor, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist, MLB Owner
Names/Places: b. in Tioga Springs, TX; FN:Orvon
Misc: radio: Gene Autry's Melody Ranch (1940-1956); Singing Cowboy Legend; former Calif. Angels & Golden West Broadcasters owner; has five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, TV, movies, records and live performances; in Country HoF since 1969
Sports Teams: California Angels (owner 1961-1998)
Song Titles: Back in the Saddle Again, Frosty the Snowman, Here Comes Santa Claus, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
TV Shows: The Gene Autry Show

Earl Howard Averill -- b.5/21/1902 d.8/16/1983 (81)
MLB Center Fielder
Misc: some say b. 1903 or 1915; Cleveland Indians all-time home run champ
Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians (1929-1939), Detroit Tigers (1939-1940), Boston Braves (1941)

Mick Avory -- b.2/15/1944
Percussionist, Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Group Names: The Kinks (a founding member)

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