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Giant Baba -- b.1/23/1938 d.1/31/1999 (61)
Wrestler, Japanese
Names/Places: RN:Shohei Baba

Shirley Babashoff -- b.1/31/1957 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: MN: Frances
Misc: holds the record for American woman winning the most Olympic medals [2 gold, 6 silver, 1972 & 1976]) Olympic medals

Kristen Elizabeth Babb-Sprague -- b.7/29/1968 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Tai Reina Babilonia -- b.9/22/1960
Figure Skater, Olympic Athlete

Randy Bachman -- b.9/27/1943
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, Canadian
Misc: some say b. 1946
Group Names: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who

Adolph Bachmeier -- b.??/??/????
Soccer Player

Bill Bachrach -- b.5/15/1879 N.S. d.7/??/1959 N.S. (80)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player
Misc: was a swimming and water polo coach

Bill Backer -- b.6/9/1926 N.S. d.5/13/2016 N.S. (89)
Author, Entertainment Figure
Misc: an Advertising Hall of Fame member famous for creating the "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" campaign for Coca Cola in 1971; was also behind advertising for Campbell's Soup, Miller Lite, Wendy's and more.
Book Titles: The Care of Feeding of Ideas

Bob Backlund -- b.4/14/1949
Wrestler
Names/Places: RFMN:Robert Lee
Misc: wrestling career spanning over 30 years

Sherwin Badger -- b.8/29/1901 d.4/8/1972 (70)
Figure Skater

Morris "Red" Badgro -- b.12/1/1902 d.7/13/1998 (95)
NFL Player
Misc: 4x All-Pro
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (1927-1928), New York Giants (1930-1935), Brooklyn Dodgers (1936)

Gordy Baer -- b.8/20/1939
Bowler

Max Baer Sr. -- b.2/11/1909 d.11/21/1959 (50)
Movie Actor, Boxer
Names/Places: Max Jr.'s dad
Misc: was one of the best heavyweight boxers in history, but only held the title for one year before losing to James Braddock. Joe Louis ended his hopes for a repeat as champion, but Baer still won 61 of 80 fights.

Joan Baez -- b.1/9/1941
Political Activist, Actress, Folk Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Staten Island, N.Y.
Misc: advocate of human rights
Song Titles: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Braulio Baeza -- b.3/26/1940
Jockey, Panamaian
Misc: the first person to go over $3 million in purses in a single year

Jeff Bagwell -- b.5/27/1968
MLB Coach, MLB First Baseman
Misc: ML MVP 1994, 4x All-Star, Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger; Astros #5 retired
Sports Teams: Houston Astros (1991-2005)

Walter Bahr -- b.4/1/1927 N.S. d.6/18/2018 N.S. (91)
Soccer Player
Misc: long time captain of the U.S. national team

Champ Bailey -- b.6/22/1978 N.S.
NFL Cornerback
Misc: 12x Pro Bowl, 3x First Team All-Pro, 4x Second Team All-Pro
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins (1999-2003), Denver Broncos (2004-2013)

Delford Bailey -- b.12/14/1899 d.7/2/1982 (82)
Harmonicaist, Country Singer

Garnet Edward "Ace" Bailey -- b.6/13/1948 N.S. d.9/11/2001 N.S. (53)
NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played from 1968-1979
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers (WHA)

Jerry Bailey -- b.8/29/1957
Sports Analyst, Jockey

John "Buddy" Bailey -- b.??/??/1930 d.2/3/1994
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Clovers

Philip Bailey -- b.5/8/1951
Music Producer, Songwriter, Percussionist, Gospel Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer, Funk Singer
Names/Places: b. in Denver, Co.
Misc: Conga
Group Names: Earth Wind & Fire (co-lead), soloist
Song Titles: Easy Lover (with Phil Collins)
Album Titles: Chinese Wall

Donald Henderson "Dan" Bain -- b.2/14/1874 d.8/15/1962 (88)
Merchant, NHL Center, Canadian
Sports Teams: Winnipeg Victorias (possibly 1894-1902)

Harold Douglas Las Baines -- b.3/15/1959 N.S.
MLB Coach, MLB Outfielder
Misc: 6x All-Star; White Sox number three retired
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox (player 1980-1989, coach 2004-2015), Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

Buddy Baker -- b.1/25/1941 d.8/10/2015 N.S. (74)
Auto Racer
Names/Places: RFN:Elzie
Misc: NASCAR; fastest win ever in the Daytona 500: 177.602mph [1980]

Elzie Wylie "Buck" Baker -- b.3/4/1919 N.S. d.4/14/2002 N.S. (83)
Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR

"Ginger" Baker -- b.8/19/1940
Songwriter, Classic Rock Singer, Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Names/Places: FN:Peter
Group Names: Cream, Blind Faith, Masters of Reality

Hobey Baker -- b.1/15/1892 N.S. d.12/21/1918 N.S. (26)
College Football Player, NHL Forward
Names/Places: RN:Hobart Amory Hare Baker
Misc: played 1910-1918; member of both college football and hockey Hall of Fame

John Franklin "Home Run" Baker -- b.3/13/1886 d.6/28/1963 (77)
MLB Third Baseman
Misc: 3x World Series champ, 4x AL home run leader, 2x AL RBI leader, he hit 2 home runs in the 1911 World Series
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1908-1914), New York Yankees (1916-1919, 1921-1922)

LaVern Baker -- b.11/11/1929 d.3/10/1997 (67)
Soul Singer
Names/Places: RN:Delores Williams

Lawrence Baker Sr. -- b.6/20/1890 d.10/15/1980 (90)
Tennis Player

Terry Wayne Baker -- b.5/5/1941
NFL Player, College Football Player, CFL Figure, Basketball Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1962); in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Oregon State, Los Angeles Rams (1963-1965), Edmonton Eskimos (1966)

Marcelo Balboa -- b.8/8/1967
Soccer Defender, American

Caleb Baldwin -- b.4/22/1769 d.11/8/1827 (58)
Boxer, English

Romeo Alejandro Baldwin -- b.3/17/2018 N.S.
Celebrity Son
Names/Places: Hilaria and Alec's son

Marty Balin -- b.1/30/1942 N.S. d.9/27/2018 N.S. (76)
Songwriter, Guitarist, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in Cincinnatti, OH
Misc: some say b. 1943
Group Names: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band, soloist

Alan Ball Jr. -- b.5/12/1945 d.4/25/2007 (61)
Soccer Player, English

Catie Ball -- b.9/30/1951 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RFN:Catherine; aka Catharine Ball Condon and Catharine Northcutt Ball

John Ball Jr. -- b.12/24/1861 d.12/2/1940 (78)
Golfer

Lucille Ball -- b.8/6/1911 d.4/26/1989 (77)
Radio Actress, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, TV Producer
Names/Places: b. in Celoron, NY; NN:Queen of Comedy; RN:Desiree; 2x Desi Arnaz's (1940-60), then Gary Morton's (61-) wife
Misc: died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; first person D.T. ever recognized
TV Shows: My Favorite Husband, I Love Lucy (as Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo), The Lucy Show (as Lucy Carmichael), Here's Lucy (as Lucy Carter), Life with Lucy (as Lucy Barker)
Movie Titles: Mame

Florence Ballard -- b.6/30/1943 N.S. d.2/22/1976 N.S. (32)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Supremes, soloist

Hank Ballard -- b.11/18/1927 N.S. d.3/2/2003 N.S. (75)
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit, MI; RN:John Henry Kendricks
Group Names: Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Song Titles: Work With Me Annie, Annie Had a Baby, Finger Poppin' Time, Original Twist, Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go, The Switch-a-Roo

Harold Ballard -- b.7/30/1903 d.4/11/1990 (86)
NHL Owner, NHL Player
Misc: in the Canadian Football and Hockey Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL, principal owner 1961-1990), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL, owner 1978-1989)

Jim Ballard -- b.4/16/1972
NFL Quarterback, College Football Player, CFL Figure, XFL Figure
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Mount Union College, London Monarchs (1995), Scottish Claymores (1995-1996), Scottish Claymores (1998), Toronto Argonauts (1999), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2000), Las Vegas Outlaws (2001), Buffalo Destroyers (2001), Indiana Firebirds (2002), Toronto Argonauts (2002), Indiana Firebirds (2003)

Severiano Ballesteros -- b.4/9/1957 d.5/7/2011 (54)
Golfer, Spanish
Names/Places: NN:Seve
Misc: won the Masters at age 23 (youngest)

Phillip E. Balsley -- b.8/8/1939
Country Singer
Group Names: The Statler Brothere, The Kingsmen

Perry Bamonte -- b.9/3/1960
Punk Rock Guitarist, English
Group Names: The Cure, Love Amongst Ruin

Debbie Bampton -- b.10/7/1961
Soccer Midfielder, English
Misc: MBE

Dave Bancroft -- b.4/20/1891 d.10/9/1972 (81)
MLB Manager, MLB Shortstop
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (1915-1920), New York Giants (1920-1923), Boston Braves (1924-1927), Brooklyn Robins (1928-1929), New York Giants (1930), Boston Braves (manager 1924-1927)

George Bancroft -- b.10/3/1800 N.S. d.1/17/1891 N.S. (90)
Author, Historian, Statesman
Names/Places: NN:The Father of American History

Ernie Banks -- b.1/31/1931 d.1/23/2015 (83)
MLB First Baseman, MLB Shortstop
Names/Places: b. in Dallas, Texas; NN: Mr. Cub
Misc: NL MVP 1958 and 1959, Gold Glove, 512 Home Runs, 14x all star, 1600+ RBIs, 2528 games played, led NL in home runs and RBI twice each; Cubs #14 retired
Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs (1953-1971)

Gordon Banks -- b.12/30/1937 N.S. d.2/12/2019 N.S. (81)
Soccer Goal Keeper, English

Ron Banks -- b.5/10/1951 N.S. d.3/4/2010 N.S. (58)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Dramatics (lead)

Tony Banks -- b.3/27/1950
Songwriter, Singer, Rock & Roll Keyboardist, English
Misc: some say b. 1951
Group Names: Genesis

Bill Barber -- b.7/11/1952
NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1972-1984
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Flyers

"Red" Barber -- b.2/17/1908 d.10/22/1992 (84)
Commentator, Sports Writer, Baseball Announcer
Names/Places: RFN:Walter Lainer; NN:The Ol' Redhead of sports
Misc: Ford C. Frick award winner in 1978
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees

Joseph Barbera -- b.3/24/1911 d.12/18/2006 (95)
Animator, Founder, Producer
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: Hanna-Barbera cartoon empire co-king with William Hanna

Ole Bardahi -- b.1/28/1902 d.8/11/1989 (87)
Businessperson, Sports Figure
Misc: in the Motorsports Hall of Fame

Bobby Bare -- b.4/7/1935
Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Ironton, Ohio
Song Titles: The All-American Boy (as Bill Parsons), 500 Miles Away From Home

Maud Barger-Wallach -- b.6/15/1870 d.4/2/1954 (83)
Tennis Player

Aleksei Barkalov -- b.2/18/1946 N.S. d.9/9/2004 N.S. (58)
Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Ukrainian

Bob Barker -- b.12/12/1923
Game Show Host, Announcer, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Darrington, Wash.
TV Shows: Truth or Consequences, The Price is Right

Francine Barker -- b.4/28/1947 N.S. d.8/13/2005 N.S. (58)
Soul Singer
Names/Places: NN:Peaches; RLN:Hurd
Group Names: Peaches and Herb

Charles Wade Barkley -- b.2/20/1963
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: NN:Sir Charles; b. in Leeds, Alabama
Misc: traded to Suns for 3 players (June 17, 1992); U.S. Olympic Dream Team member in '92 and '96; career 20,182+ points and 10,055+ rebounds; NBA regular season MVP (1993); 11x NBA All-Star (1987-1997); 5x All-NBA First Team with Philadelphia and Phoenix (1988-1991, 1993); 5x All-NBA Second Team (1986-1987, 1992, 1994-1995); All-NBA Third Team (1996); NBA All-Rookie Team (1985); NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991); 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); member of the "Dream Team" inducted as a unit in 2010.
Sports Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (1984-1992), Phoenix Suns (1992-1996), Houston Rockets (1996-2000)

Chuck Barksdale -- b.1/11/1935
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Dells

Don Barksdale -- b.3/31/1923 d.3/8/1993 (69)
NBA Player, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: University of California Los Angeles (1946-1947), Oakland Bittners (1948-1949), Oakland Blue n' gold Atlas (1950-1951), Baltimore Bullets (1951-1953), Boston Celtics (1953-1955)

Al Barlick -- b.4/2/1915 d.12/27/1995 (80)
MLB Umpire

Thomas B. "Tom" Barlow -- b.7/9/1896 N.S. d.9/26/1983 N.S. (87)
NBA Player
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Sphas, Philadelphia Warriors

Leon Barmore -- b.6/3/1944 N.S.
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Lousiana Tech (player 1965-1967, coach 1977-2002), Baylor (coach 2008-2011)

James Jay Barnes -- b.11/30/1943 N.S.
Songwriter, Gospel Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: aka J.J. Barnes

Jim Barnes -- b.4/8/1886 d.5/24/1966 (80)
Golfer

John Barnes -- b.11/7/1963
Sports Commentator, Soccer Manager, Soccer Left Winger, Jamaican
Misc: MBE; ESPN and SuperSport

Ortheia Barnes -- b.10/18/1944 N.S. d.5/15/2015 N.S. (70)
Jazz Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: J.J. Barnes' sister; aka Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly

Prentis Barnes -- b.4/12/1925 d.10/1/2006 (81)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Moonglows

Lem Barney -- b.9/8/1945
NFL Defensive
Misc: 3x Jackson State all-Southwest Conference cornerback; 7x Pro-Bowler
Sports Teams: Detroit Lions (1967-1977)

George Barr -- b.12/31/1915 d.4/11/2000 (84)
Soccer Player
Misc: played fullback; 15 seasons on the ASL

Tom Barrasso -- b.3/31/1965
NHL Coach, NHL Goaltender
Names/Places: RFMN:Thomas Patrick
Misc: played 1983-2003
Sports Teams: Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, Rochester Americans (AHL)

Laz Barrera -- b.5/8/1924 d.4/25/1991 (66)
Horse Trainer

Marco Antonio Barrera -- b.1/17/1974 N.S.
Sports Analyst, Boxer, Mexican
Names/Places: NN: The Baby Faced Assassin

Syd Barrett -- b.1/6/1946 d.7/7/2006 (60)
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: RN:Roger Keith
Group Names: Pink Floyd

Edward "Ed" Barrow -- b.5/10/1868 N.S. d.12/15/1953 N.S. (85)
Executive, MLB Manager
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (president 1921-45)

Michael Ray "Mike" Barrowman -- b.12/4/1968 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Jeff Barry -- b.4/3/1938
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer
Misc: was primarily a songwriter; wrote "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Tell Laura I Love Her", "Leader Of The Pack", and more for other artists.
Group Names: Raindrops
Song Titles: Da Doo Ron Ron, Then He Kissed Me, Be My Baby, Chapel of Love, River Deep-Mountain High, Leader of the Pack, Sugar Sugar

Jimmy Barry -- b.3/7/1870 d.4/4/1943 (73)
Boxer, American, Irish

Justin McCarthy "Sam" Barry -- b.12/17/1892 N.S. d.9/23/1950 N.S. (57)
College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Knox College (football 1918-1921, basketball 1918-1922, baseball 1923-1924), Iowa (football 1922-1928, basketball 1922-1929, baseball 1923-1924), USC (football 1929-1941, 1945-1950, basketball 1929-1941, 1945-1950, baseball 1930-1942, 1946-1950)

Marty Barry -- b.12/8/1905 d.8/20/1969 (63)
NHL Center, Canadian
Names/Places: NN:Martin James "Goal-a-Game" Barry
Misc: playing career 1927-1941
Sports Teams: New York Americans, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens

Richard F. "Rick" Barry -- b.3/28/1944
Sportscaster, NBA Forward
Names/Places: b. in Elizabeth, NJ; RN:Richard Francis Dennis Barry III
Misc: Career 18,395 points, 5,168 rebounds, 4,017 assists; NBA scoring leader, 1967, ABA, 1969; forward made over 90% free throws attempted (NBA record); only player to lead both NBA and ABA in scoring; 5-time All-NBA first team; playoff MVP with Golden St. in 1975. NBA Champion (1975), 8x NBA All-Star (1966-1967, 1973-1978), 5x All-NBA First Team (1966-1967, 1974-1976), NBA Rookie of the Year (1966), 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Warriors #24 retired; in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Miami (1962-1965), San Francisco Warriors (1965-1967), Oakland Oaks/Washington Caps (ABA 1968-1970), New York Nets (ABA 1970-1972), Golden State Warriors (1972-1978), Houston Rockets (1978-1980)

Frank Barsalona -- b.3/31/1938 d.11/22/2012 (74)
Music Figure
Misc: a legendary talent agent who revolutionized the rock concert business and the very notion of a rock concert itself.

Earl Bartholome -- b.6/21/1914 N.S. d.1/27/2002 N.S. (87)
Hockey Player
Names/Places: RN:Earl Bartholomew
Sports Teams: Minneapoilis Millers (USHL), Rochester Cardinals (AHL), Cleveland Barons (AHL)

Dave Bartholomew -- b.12/24/1918
Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Trumpeter, Bandleader, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist
Misc: some say b. in 1920
Song Titles: Blueberry Hill

Peaches Bartkowicz -- b.4/16/1949
Tennis Player
Names/Places: RN: Jane Bartkowicz
Misc: retired as a player in 1971; in the United States Tennis Association / Midwest Hall of Fame as well as the Michigan Sports and National Polish American Sports Halls of Fame

Steve Bartkowski -- b.11/12/1952
NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: 1975 NFC Rookie of the Year; 2x Pro Bowl; Falcons #10 retired; in the College Football HAll of Fame
Sports Teams: University of California Berkeley, Atlanta Falcons (1975-1985), Washington Redskins (1985), Los Angeles Rams (1986)

Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton -- b.12/25/1821 N.S. d.4/12/1912 N.S. (90)
Nurse, Philanthropist, Social Reformer, Humanitarian
Names/Places: b. in Oxford, MA; aka "The Angel of the Battlefield".
Misc: American Red Cross Founder

William Allen "Count" Basie -- b.8/21/1904 N.S. d.4/26/1984 N.S. (79)
Arranger, Composer, Organist, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Red Bank, NJ; d. in Hollywood, Florida

Carmen Basilio -- b.4/2/1927 d.11/7/2012 (85)
Boxer
Misc: middleweight boxer lost to Sugar Ray Robinson as Robinson regained the world title for the fourth time [1958)

Benny "Little Fish" Bass -- b.12/15/1904 d.6/25/1975 (70)
Boxer

Ralph Bass -- b.5/1/1911 d.3/5/1997 (85)
Music Executive, Music Producer, Soul Singer

Rolland "Red" Bastien -- b.1/27/1931 N.S. d.8/11/2012 N.S. (81)
Wrestler

Cliff Bastin -- b.3/14/1912 d.12/4/1991 (79)
Soccer Player, English
Misc: outeide left

Robert Bateman -- b.4/30/1936 N.S. d.10/12/2016 N.S. (80)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer

Walter Bathe -- b.12/1/1892 N.S. d.9/21/1959 N.S. (66)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, German

Andy Bathgate -- b.8/28/1932 d.2/26/2016 N.S. (83)
NHL Right Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1952-1975; 1958 NHL MVP
Sports Teams: New York Rangers (NHL), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Vancouver Blazers (WHA), Vancouver Canucks (WHL), Cleveland Barons (AHL), Pittsburgh Hornets (AHL), Ambrì-Piotta (Nat-A)

Thomas Sydney Battersby -- b.11/18/1887 N.S. d.9/3/1974 N.S. (86)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, English

Cliff Battles -- b.5/1/1910 d.4/28/1981 (70)
NFL Halfback
Misc: in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Boston Braves/Boston Redskins/Washington Redskins (player 1932-1937), Columbia University (coach 1938-1943), Brooklyn Dodgers (coach 1946-1947)

Battling Battalino -- b.2/18/1908 d.7/25/1977 (69)
Boxer
Names/Places: RN:Christopher Battaglia

Bobby Bauer -- b.2/16/1915 d.9/16/1964 (49)
NHL Right Wing, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Names/Places: RN:Robert Theodore Bauer
Misc: pkayed 1935-1962
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins

Sybil Bauer -- b.9/18/1903 N.S. d.1/31/1927 N.S. (23)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

"Slingin'" Sammy Baugh -- b.3/17/1914 d.12/17/2008 (94)
NFL Coach, NFL Quarterback
Misc: held numerous records after 16 pro seasons; QB-DB-P; led Washington to NFL titles in 1937 (his rookie year) and '42; led league in passing 6 times, punting 4 times and interceptions once; record 85 yard punt
Sports Teams: Washington Redskins (player 1937-1952), Hardin-Simmons (coach 1955-1959), New York Titans (coach 1960-1961), Houston Oilers (coach 1964)

David Baughn -- b.??/??/????
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Drifters

William Russell Logan "Willie" Bauld -- b.1/24/1928 N.S. d.3/11/1977 N.S. (49)
Soccer Player, Scotish

Alexander "Alex" Baumann -- b.4/21/1964 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Misc: Sports Administrator

Richard W. "Dick" Bavetta -- b.12/10/1939 N.S.
Basketball Referee
Misc: for the NBA; holds the league record for the most officiated games since starting in 1975.

James Curran "Jim" Baxter -- b.9/29/1939 N.S. d.4/14/2001 N.S. (61)
Soccer Midfielder, Scotish

Lloyd Valdemar "Skippy" Baxter -- b.12/6/1919 d.12/18/2012 (93)
Figure Skater

Elgin Baylor -- b.9/16/1934
NBA Executive, NBA Coach, NBA Forward, College Basketball Player
Misc: career 134 games, 3623 points, 27.0 ppg, 23,149 points and 11,463 points; legend who had a game scoring average of 27.4 points for his 14-year pro basketball career; MVP of NCAA tournament in 1958; led Minneapolis-Los Angeles Lakers to 8 NBA Finals; first 10-time All-NBA 1st team (1959-65,67-69). Singlehandedly carried the U. of Seattle to NCAA title game in 1958. Overcame racism in the playgrounds of Washington D.C.
Sports Teams: Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1958-1971), New Orleans Jazz (coach 1974, 1976-1979)

Bill Beach -- b.9/12/1929
Bowler
Misc: Won five ABC titles including the Masters crown.

Raymond Beadle -- b.12/16/1943 d.10/20/2014 (70)
Drag Racer

Dawn Pawson Bean -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Frank Beard -- b.6/11/1949
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: ZZ Top

Peter Beardsley -- b.1/18/1961
Soccer Player, English
Misc: forward midfielder

Fred Beardsworth -- b.??/??/1899 d.10/10/1964
Soccer Player, English

Bobby Beathard -- b.1/24/1937 N.S.
NFL General Manager
Misc: 4x Super Bowl champ, 3x AFC champ, 3x NFC champ
Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (1963, 1966-1967), Atlanta Falcons (1968-1971), Miami Dolphins (1972-1977 as Director of player personnel), Washington Redskins (1978-1989 as General manager), San Diego Chargers (1990-2000 as General manager)

Jim Beatty -- b.10/28/1934
Track and Field
Misc: ran first sub 4-minute indoor mile

Zelmo Beaty -- b.10/25/1939 d.8/27/2013 (73)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player, ABA Figure, Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Prairie View A&M (1958-1962), St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks (1962-1969), Utah Stars (ABA 1970-1974), Los Angeles Lakers (1974-1975), Virginia Squires (ABA coach 1975-1976)

Sir Francis "Frank" Joseph Edmund Beaurepaire -- b.5/13/1891 N.S. d.5/29/1956 N.S. (65)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

Gary Beban -- b.8/5/1946
NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1967)
Sports Teams: UCLA, Washington Redskins (1968-1969)

Milivoj Bebić -- b.8/29/1959 N.S.
Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Croatian

Jeff Beck -- b.6/24/1944
Composer/Songwriter, Jazz Musician, Country Singer/Guitarist, English
Group Names: The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, The Honeydrippers, soloist

Franz Beckenbauer -- b.9/11/1945
Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, German
Misc: captain of West German World Cup champions in 1974 then coached West Germany to World Cup title in 1990; invented sweeper position; played in U.S. for NY Cosmos (1977-80,83).

Boris Becker -- b.11/22/1967
Tennis Player, German
Misc: German 3-time Wimbledon champ (1985-86,89); youngest male (17) to win Wimbledon; led country to 1st Davis Cup win in 1988; has also won U.S. (1989) and Australian (1991) Opens.

Walter Becker -- b.2/20/1950 d.9/3/2017 N.S. (67)
Songwriter, Singer, Rock & Roll Bassist
Group Names: Steely Dan

Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston -- b.3/6/1903 N.S. d.4/6/1989 N.S. (86)
Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

David Beckham -- b.5/2/1975
Soccer Midfielder, English

Jacob "Jake" Beckley -- b.8/4/1867 N.S. d.6/25/1918 N.S. (50)
MLB First Baseman
Names/Places: NN:Eagle Eye
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1888-1889), Pittsburgh Burghers (1890) Pittsburgh Alleghenys/Pirates (1891-1896), New York Giants (1896-1897), Cincinnati Reds (1897-1903), St. Louis Cardinals (1904-1907)

Johnny Beckman -- b.10/22/1895 d.6/22/1968 (72)
NBA Guard
Names/Places: NN:The Babe Ruth of Basketball
Sports Teams: The Original Celtics (1918/19, 1921-27, 1929)

Chuck Bednarik -- b.5/1/1925 d.3/21/2015 (89)
NFL Linebacker
Misc: C-LB; 2-time All-America at Penn and 7-time All-Pro with NFL Philadelphia Eagles as both center (1950) and linebacker (1951-56); knocked NY Giants' Frank Gifford out of commission for over a year with epic 1960 tackle; missed only 3 games in 14 seasons; led Eagles to 1960 NFL title as a 35-year-old two-way player; 8x Pro Bowl, 10x All-Pro, 2x NFL champ; Eagles #60 retired; in the Eagles, College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (1949-1962)

Józef Bednarski -- b.1/21/1941 N.S.
Wrestler, Body Builder, Polish
Names/Places: ring name: Ivan Putski

Harold Jay "Hal" Bedsole -- b.12/21/1941 N.S. d.12/22/2017 N.S. (76)
NFL Tight End, College Football Player
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Southern California, Minnesota Vikings

Clair Francis Bee -- b.3/2/1896 d.5/20/1983 (87)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: best winning percentage in collegiate history; originated the 1-3-1 defense, helped develop 3-second rule and 24-second clock; coached from 1925? until 1954.
Sports Teams: LIU Brooklyn (football coach, 1940), Rider (basketball coach, 1928-1931), LIU Brooklyn (basketball coach, 1931-1943, 1945-1951, baseball coach 1934-1939), Baltimore Bullets (NBA coach, 1952-1954)

Francis "Franny" Beecher -- b.9/29/1921 d.2/24/2014 (92)
Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: The Comets (lead guitar player for backing band for Bill Haley)

Henry Ward Beecher -- b.6/24/1813 d.3/8/1887 (73)
Author, Orator, Clergyman, Social Reformer, Abolitionist
Names/Places: Catherine Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother

Harriet Elizabeth Beecher-Stowe -- b.6/14/1811 d.7/1/1896 (85)
Novelist
Names/Places: Catherine Beecher & Henry Ward Beecher's sister
Book Titles: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Fred Beell -- b.1/17/1876 N.S. d.8/5/1933 N.S. (57)
Wrestler, German

Karl Behr -- b.5/30/1885 d.10/15/1949 (64)
Tennis Player

Jem Belcher -- b.4/15/1781 d.7/30/1811 (30)
Boxer, English

Ed Belfour -- b.4/21/1965
NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1989-2008
Sports Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Leksands IF (Swe-2)

Marcus Belgrave -- b.6/12/1936 N.S. d.5/24/2015 N.S. (78)
Jazz Trumpeter, Rhythm and Blues Musician

Jean Marc Béliveau -- b.8/31/1931 d.12/2/2014 (83)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played 1950-1971; scored 507 goals; led Montreal to 10 Stanley Cups in 17 playoffs; playoff MVP (1965); 2-time regular season MVP (1956,64).
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens (1950-1971)

Al Bell -- b.3/15/1940 N.S.
Music Executive, Music Producer, Songwriter

Alexander Graham Bell -- b.3/3/1847 d.8/2/1922 (75)
Inventor, Scotish
Names/Places: b. in Edinburgh
Misc: inventor of the telephone

Bert Bell -- b.2/25/1895 d.10/11/1959 (64)
Sports Executive
Misc: NFL Commissioner #2; owned the Eagles and the Steelers at different times of his life

Colin Bell -- b.2/26/1946
Soccer Midfielder, English
Misc: MBE

James "Cool Papa" Bell -- b.5/17/1903 N.S. d.3/7/1991 N.S. (87)
MLB Outfielder
Misc: top Negro League player

Judy Bell -- b.9/23/1936
Golfer
Misc: administrator; first female President of the USGA

Peggy Kirk Bell -- b.10/28/1921 N.S. d.11/23/2016 N.S. (95)
Golfer, American

Ricky Lynn Bell -- b.4/8/1955 N.S. d.11/28/1984 N.S. (29)
NFL Runningback
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Southern California, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977-1981), San Diego Chargers (1982)

Robert "Bobby" Bell -- b.6/17/1940 N.S.
NFL Linebacker
Misc: 6x AFL All-Star, 5x First Team All-AFL, 3x Pro Bowl; Chiefs #78 retired; in the North Carolina Sports, College Football and Pro Football Halls of FAme
Sports Teams: University of Minnesota, Kansas City Chiefs (1963-1974)

William J. "Bill" Bell -- b.3/6/1927 N.S. d.4/29/2005 N.S. (78)
TV Producer
TV Shows: Young & The Restless (creator), Bold & The Beautiful (creator)

Walter "Walt" Bellamy -- b.7/24/1939 d.11/2/2013 (74)
NBA Center, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-gold-1960; career 20,941 points and 14,241 rebounds
Sports Teams: Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (1961-1963), Baltimore Bullets (1963-1965), New York Knicks (1965-1968), Detroit Pistons (1968-1970), Atlanta Hawks (1970-1974), New Orleans Jazz (1974)

Lulu Belle -- b.12/24/1913 d.2/8/1999 (85)
Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Myrtle Eleanor Cooper; -LN:Wiseman
Group Names: Lulu Belle And Scotty

Joe Bellino -- b.3/13/1938 N.S. d.3/28/2019 N.S. (81)
NFL Player, College Football Player
Names/Places: aka Joseph
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1960); in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: U.S. Navy, Boston Patriots (AFL 1965-1967)

Melissa Belote -- b.10/16/1956
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Melissa Louise Belote; aka Melissa Belote Ripley

Sergey Belov -- b.1/23/1944 d.10/3/2013 N.S. (69)
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete, Russian
Misc: First international player to be inducted; With the Soviet national team; 4x EuroBasket Gold: 1967, 1969, 1971, 1979; EuroBasket MVP 1969; 2x FIBA World Championship Gold: 1967, 1974; FIBA World Championship MVP 1970; Summer Olympics Gold: 1972; With CSKA Moscow; 11 USSR League championships: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980; 2 USSR Cup championships: 1972, 1973; 2 Euroleague championships 1969, 1971; FIBA's 50 Greatest Players 1991; FIBA Hall of Fame 2007; 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors 2008

Deane R. Beman -- b.4/22/1938
Golfer
Misc: first commissioner of PGA Tour (1974-94); introduced "stadium golf;" as player, won U.S. Amateur twice and British Amateur once.

Johnny Bench -- b.12/7/1947
Baseball Announcer, MLB Catcher, MLB Infielder
Names/Places: b. in Oklahoma City; RN:Johnny Lee; NN:The Big Red Machine
Misc: NL MVP 1970, 1972, 14x All-Star, 2x World Series champ, 10x Gold Glove, 2x NL Home Run leader, 3x NL RBI Leader; led the NL in HRs twice and RBI 3 times; with Cincinnati Reds, World Series MVP in 1976; 389 career HRs; Reds #5 retired
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Reds (1967-1983)

Charles "Chief" Bender -- b.5/5/1884 N.S. d.5/22/1954 N.S. (70)
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: RFN:Charles Albert
Misc: 3x World Series champ, AL pennant winner; the only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame.
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1903-1914), Baltimore Terrapins (1915), Philadelphia Phillies (1916-1917), Chicago White Sox (1925)

Tibor Benedek -- b.7/12/1972 N.S.
Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Hungarian

Clinton Stevenson "Praying Benny" Benedict -- b.9/26/1892 d.11/12/1976 (84)
NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: played 1912-1931
Sports Teams: Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons

Wilfredo Benítez -- b.9/12/1958 N.S.
Boxer, Puerto Rican
Misc: the youngest man to ever win a boxing world championship. He was 17 years 176 days old.

Benny Benjamin -- b.7/25/1925 d.4/20/1969 (43)
Rhythm and Blues Drummer
Names/Places: NN:Papa Zita
Misc: most notable as the primary drummer for the Motown studio band known as The Funk Brothers.
Group Names: The Funk Brothers

Frank Benkovic -- b.10/7/1904 d.3/8/1995 (90)
Bowler
Misc: won successive doubles championships in the ABC Tournament.

Bobby Bennett -- b.6/27/1938 d.1/18/2013 (74)
Comedian, Dancer, Songwriter, Musician, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Famous Flames (the backing band for James Brown)

Brooke Marie Bennett -- b.5/6/1980 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Max Bennett -- b.5/24/1928 N.S. d.9/14/2018 N.S. (90)
Jazz Bassist

Tony Bennett -- b.8/3/1926
Pop Crooner, Jazz Singer
Names/Places: b. in Long Island; NN:The Singer's Singer; RN:Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Song Titles: I Lost My Heart in San Francisco

Estelle Bennett-Vann -- b.7/22/1941 d.2/11/2009 (67)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Ronettes

Jack Benny -- b.2/14/1894 d.12/26/1974 (80)
TV/Movie/Radio Actor, Comedian, Violinist
Names/Places: b. in Waukegan, Illinois; RN:Benjamin Kubelsky
Misc: Violinist?...Well!; d. Dec 27?
TV Shows: The Jack Benny Program (as himself)

Renaldo "Obie" Benson -- b.6/14/1936 N.S. d.7/1/2005 N.S. (69)
Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Group Names: The Four Tops

Doug Bentley -- b.9/3/1916 d.11/24/1972 (56)
NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1939-1954
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers

Max Bentley -- b.3/1/1920 d.1/19/1984 (63)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played 1940-1954
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers

Nino Benvenuti -- b.4/26/1938
Actor, Boxer, Italian

Joe Berardi -- b.??/??/????
Bowler

Red Berenson -- b.12/8/1939 N.S.
NHL Coach, NHL Player, AHL Figure, Canadian
Names/Places: RN: Gordon Arthur Berenson; NN: Red, The Red Baron
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Aces

Jack "Kid" Berg -- b.6/28/1909 N.S. d.4/22/1991 N.S. (81)
Boxer, English

Matraca Berg -- b.2/3/1964
Songwriter, Country Performer
Names/Places: MN:Maria
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Patty Berg -- b.2/13/1918 d.9/10/2006 (88)
Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Minneapolis, MN; RN:Patricia Jane
Misc: co-founder and first president of the LPGA; 57 career pro wins including 15 Majors; 3-time AP Female Athlete of Year (1938,43,55).

Candice Bergen -- b.5/9/1946
TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Beverly Hills, Ca.; Louis Malle's wife, Frances Weston & Edgar's daughter
TV Shows: Murphy Brown (star), Boston Legal (as Shirley Schmidt)
Movie Titles: Carnal Knowledge, Starting Over, Rich & Famous, View From The Top, Bride Wars

Edgar Bergen -- b.2/16/1903 d.9/30/1978 (75)
TV/Movie/Radio Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Vaudevillan, Ventriloquist
Names/Places: RFN:Edgar John; Candice's father; Frances Weston's hubby
Misc: performed with dummies Charlie McCarthy, Effie Klinker, & Mortimer Snerd
TV Shows: Do You Trust Your Wife? (M.C.)

Paul Bergen -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Swimming Coach

Dennis Bergkamp -- b.5/10/1969
Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, Dutch (Netherlands)
Misc: second striker

Artthur J. "Art" Berglund -- b.9/4/1940 N.S.
Sports Executive, Hockey Coach, Canadian
Misc: was mostly a manager or part of the administrative staff of over 30 teams from the United States

David Charles "David" Berkoff -- b.11/30/1966 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Milton Berle -- b.7/12/1908 d.3/27/2002 (93)
Author, Radio Actor, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Berlinger; NN:Uncle Milty & Mr. Television; 2x Joyce Mathews' hubby
TV Shows: Batman (as Louie the Lilac) Texaco Star Theater (hosted for 8 years as TV ownership skyrocketed)

Paul Berlenbach -- b.2/18/1901 d.9/30/1985 (84)
Boxer

Mike Berlin -- b.12/24/1943
Bowler
Misc: He has won several big titles including the 1970 ABC Tournament all events and the 1977 Tournament of Champions.

Chris Berman -- b.5/10/1955
Sportscaster
Names/Places: NN: Boomer
Misc: ESPN's Mr. Nickname; 3-time Sportscaster of Year known for his nicknames and jovial studio anchoring; play-by-play man only year Brown University football team won Ivy League (1976).
TV Shows: Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, U.S. Open Golf, The Stanley Cup Finals, SportsCenter

Raymond Bernabei -- b.11/26/1925 d.9/5/2008 (82)
Soccer Player
Misc: a long time collegiate and professional referee

Alain Bernard -- b.5/1/1983 N.S.
Swimmer, French

Sylvie Bernier -- b.1/31/1964 N.S.
Diver, Olympic Athlete, Canadian

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