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Edward A. "Ed" Wachter -- b.6/30/1883 N.S. d.3/12/1966 N.S. (82)
NBA Center
Misc: Played 8 different leagues and with independent teams (1899-1924); Member Troy championship team in Hudson River (1910-11) and New York State Leagues (1912-13, 1915); credited by many with inventing the bounce pass; chosen All-America basketball center by leading basketball authorities of the era.

Rube Waddell -- b.10/13/1876 d.4/1/1914 (37)
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: RFMN:George Edward
Sports Teams: Louisville Colonels (1897, 1899), Detroit Tigers (1898), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-1901), Chicago Orphans (1901), Philadelphia Athletics (1902-1907), St. Louis Browns (1908-1910)

William "Willie" Waddell -- b.3/7/1921 N.S. d.10/14/1992 N.S. (71)
Soccer Player, Scotish

Margaret Wade -- b.12/30/1912 N.S. d.2/16/1995 N.S. (82)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach, Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Women's Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Delta State University (player 1930-1932, coach 1933, 1973-?)

Virginia Wade -- b.7/10/1945
Tennis Player, English
Names/Places: FN:Sarah
Misc: Wimbledon champ 1977

Lanny Wadkins -- b.12/5/1949
Golfer
Misc: some say b. 1950

George Raymond Wagner -- b.3/24/1915 d.12/26/1963 (48)
Wrestler
Names/Places: NN:Gorgeous George
Misc: dyed his hair blond and was creative in the ring

Honus Wagner -- b.2/24/1874 d.12/6/1955 (81)
MLB Coach, MLB Shortstop, MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Flying Dutchman; RN: John Peter Wagner
Misc: Honus may have been the best "all-around" player in history; he could run, hit, field and play any position, but preferred shortstop where he played for 21 years. His 252 triples is still a record. He recorded 10,427 at-bats, won 8 NL batting titles, 5x stolen base leader, 3,430 hits; Pirates #33 retired
Sports Teams: Louisville Colonels (player 1897-1899), Pittsburgh Pirates (player 1900-1917, coach 1917, coach 1933-1951)

Marie Wagner -- b.2/2/1883 d.4/1/1975 (92)
Tennis Player

Porter Wagoner -- b.8/12/1927 d.10/28/2007 (80)
Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in West Plains, MO
Misc: some say b. 1930 or '32; discovered Dolly Parton
Group Names: The Wagonmasters, soloist
Song Titles: Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident, The Cold Hard Facts of Life
TV Shows: The Porter Wagoner Show (1960-80), Ozark Jubilee

Otto Wahle -- b.11/5/1879 N.S. d.8/11/1963 N.S. (83)
Jewish, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Austrian

Helen Wainwright -- b.3/15/1906 N.S. d.10/11/1965 N.S. (59)
Swimmer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: aka Helen Stelling

Tom Waits -- b.12/7/1949
Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in Pomona, CA
Song Titles: The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
Movie Titles: Mystery Men

Rick Wakeman -- b.5/18/1949
Composer, Rock & Roll Singer, Rock & Roll Keyboardist, English
Group Names: Strawbs, Yes, Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe, soloist

Barbados Joe Walcott -- b.3/13/1873 d.10/1/1935 (62)
Boxer, Barbados

"Jersey Joe" Walcott -- b.1/31/1914 d.2/25/1994 (80)
Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Merchantville, N.J.; RN:Arnold Raymond Cream
Misc: heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52); crowned heavyweight champion of the world after knocking out Ezzard Charles in the seventh round of their July 18, 1951, bout and became, at the age of 37, the oldest fighter ever to win the title.

Lillian D. Wald -- b.3/10/1867 d.9/1/1940 (73)
Scientist, Doctor, Nurse, Sociologist
Misc: child welfare reformer, institutional in establishing a nationwide system of nurses in public schools, "Angel of Henry Street" (New York City)

Carolyn Jane Waldo -- b.12/11/1964 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Canadian

Ross Elliott Wales -- b.10/17/1947 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Chet Walker -- b.2/22/1940
NBA Forward
Misc: Consensus first-team All-America (Bradley, 1962); NBA All-Rookie Team (1963); 7x NBA All-Star; 1x NBA champion (Philadelphia 76ers, 1967).
Sports Teams: Bradley College, Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers (1962-1969), Chicago Bulls (1969-1975)

Cindy Walker -- b.7/20/1918 d.3/23/2006 (87)
Songwriter, Country Musician
Misc: in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Clara Lamore Walker -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Doak Walker -- b.1/1/1927 d.9/27/1998 (71)
NFL Halfback, College Football Player
Misc: won Heisman Trophy as SMU junior in 1948; led Detroit to 2 NFL titles (1952-53); All-Pro 5 times in 6 years; Lions #37 retired
Sports Teams: Southern Methodist University, Detroit Lions (1950-1955)

Herschel Walker -- b.3/3/1962
Ballet Dancer, NFL Runningback, College Football Player, USFL Figure
Misc: led Georgia to national title as freshman in 1980; won Heisman as junior in 1982 then jumped to USFL in '83; signed by Dallas of NFL after USFL folded; led NFL in rushing in 1988; traded by Cowboys to Minnesota in 1989 for 5 player and 6 draft picks.
Sports Teams: University of Georgia, New Jersey Generals (1983-1985), Dallas Cowboys (1986-1989), Minnesota Vikings (1989-1991), Philadelphia Eagles (1992-1994), New York Giants (1995), Dallas Cowboys (1996-1997)

Jack Walker -- b.11/29/1888 d.2/16/1950 (61)
NHL Center, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: NHL Rover, played 1907-1933
Sports Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Eskimos, Detroit Cougars, Victoria Cougars, Seattle Metropolitans, Moncton Victorias, Toronto Blueshirts, Port Arthur Lake City

Joe Louis Walker -- b.12/25/1949
Music Producer, Songwriter, Blues Singer/Guitarist

John Francis "Johnny" Walker -- b.9/10/1934 N.S.
Wrestler
Names/Places: aka Mr. Wrestling II or Mr. Wrestling No. 2

Karen Walker -- b.7/29/1969
Soccer Player, English
Misc: centre-forward

Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker -- b.7/13/1901 N.S. d.4/28/1981 N.S. (79)
Boxer
Misc: welterweight champ (1922-26); boxer who never weighed more than 170 pounds but held both the welterweight and middleweight crowns; The "Toy Bulldog" won 91 of 140 fights in his career, 51 by knockout.

Ray Walker -- b.3/16/1934
Bass Singer/Basso, Country Singer
Group Names: The Jordanaires

Robert Staig "Bobby" Walker -- b.1/10/1879 d.8/28/1930 (51)
Soccer Player, Scotish

T-Bone Walker -- b.5/28/1910 d.3/16/1975 (64)
Composer/Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist, Jazz Singer
Names/Places: RFN:Aaron Thibeaux
Misc: electric blues

Thomas "Tommy" Walker -- b.5/26/1915 N.S. d.1/11/1993 N.S. (77)
Soccer Player, Scotish
Misc: CBE

Jo Walker-Meador -- b.2/16/1924 d.8/15/2017 N.S. (93)
Music Executive
Misc: the long-time executive director of the Country Music Association; in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Bobby Wallace -- b.11/4/1873 d.11/3/1960 (86)
MLB Manager, MLB Shortstop, MLB Pitcher
Sports Teams: Cleveland Spiders (1894-1898), St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals (1899-1901, 1917-1918), St. Louis Browns (player 1902-1916, manager 1911-1912), Cincinnatti Reds (manager 1937)

Frank Wallace -- b.7/15/1922 d.11/13/1979 (57)
Soccer Forward
Names/Places: aka Frank "Pee Wee" Wallace

Jock Wallace Jr. -- b.9/6/1935 N.S. d.7/24/1996 N.S. (60)
Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, Scotish

Mike (Newscaster) Wallace -- b.5/9/1918 N.S. d.4/7/2012 N.S. (93)
Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Commentator, Actor, Game Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Brookline, Ma.; RFMN:Myron Leon
Misc: radio narrator of The Green Hornet & The Lone Ranger
TV Shows: 60 Minutes

Rusty Wallace -- b.8/14/1956
Sports Commentator, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR, USAC, NASCAR commentator

Sippie Wallace -- b.11/1/1898 d.11/1/1986 (88)
Organist, Pianist, Gospel Singer, Blues Singer
Names/Places: NN:Texas Nightengale; born Beulah Thomas

Willie Wallace -- b.6/23/1940 N.S.
Soccer Player, Soccer Coach, Scotish

"Fats" Waller -- b.5/21/1904 d.12/15/1943 (39)
Composer/Songwriter, Singer, Organist, Pianist, Bandleader, Blues-Jazz Performer
Names/Places: RFMN:Thomas Wright

Wesley Walls -- b.3/26/1966
NFL Player
Misc: 5x Pro Bowl, 4x All Pro, Super Bowl champ (XXIV); in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Mississippi, San Francisco 49ers (1989-1993), New Orleans Saints (1994-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996-2002), Green Bay Packers (2003)

Bill Walsh -- b.11/30/1931 d.7/30/2007 (75)
Sportscaster, NFL Coach
Misc: coached San Francisco to 3 Super Bowl titles (1982,85,89); retired after 1988 season with 102 wins in 10 seasons; returned to college coaching in 1992 at Stanford where he was from 1977-78.
Sports Teams: Oakland Raiders (1966), San Jose Apaches (CFL 1967), Cincinnatti Bengals (1968-1975), San Diego Chargers (1976), Stanford University (1977-1978, 1992-1994), San Francisco 49ers (coach 1979-1988 and 1994-2004, VP and GM 1999-2001)

David Walsh -- b.10/5/1889 N.S. d.6/2/1975 N.S. (85)
Author, Basketball Referee
Misc: co-authored the first ever Manual of Basketball Officiating

Edward A. "Big Ed" Walsh -- b.5/14/1881 N.S. d.5/26/1959 N.S. (78)
MLB Manager, MLB Pitcher
Misc: whose lifetime ERA of 1.82 is the lowest ever.
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox (player 1904-1916, manager 1924), Boston Braves (player 1917)

Joe Walsh -- b.11/20/1947
Composer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Misc: some say b. 1945
Group Names: The Eagles, The James Gane, soloist

Marty Walsh -- b.10/16/1883 d.3/27/1915 (31)
NHL Center, Canadian
Sports Teams: Ottawa Senators (possibly 1907-1912)

Barbara Walters -- b.9/25/1928
Jewish, Newscaster, Journalist, Commentator, TV Talk Show Hostess
Names/Places: b. in Boston
Misc: the first Network news anchor woman; occasional TV interview shows; Gilda Radner parodied her into Baba Wawa on Saturday Night Live many times
TV Shows: Today Show (1960-70s), ABC News, 20/20 (cohost)

Dennis Walters -- b.9/??/1949 N.S.
Golfer, American

William "Bill" Walton -- b.11/5/1952
NBA Center, College Basketball Player
Misc: 3-time college Player of Year (1972-74); led UCLA to 2 national titles (1972-73); led Portland to NBA title as MVP in 1977, regular season MVP in 1978. 2x NBA Champion (1977, 1986); NBA Most Valuable Player (1978); 2x NBA All-Star (1977-1978); NBA Finals MVP (1977); All-NBA First Team (1977); All-NBA Second Team (1978); 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1977-1978); NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1986); 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
Sports Teams: UCLA (1971-1974), Portland Trail Blazers (1974-1978), San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers (1979-1985), Boston Celtics (1985-1987)

Darrell Waltrip -- b.2/5/1947 N.S.
Sports Analyst, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR

Gottlob Walz -- b.6/29/1881 N.S. d.??/??/1943 N.S.
Diver, Olympic Athlete, German

Lloyd James Waner -- b.3/16/1906 d.7/22/1982 (76)
MLB Center Fielder
Names/Places: NN:Little Poison
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (1927-1941), Boston Braves (1941), Cincinnati Reds (1941), Philadelphia Phillies (1942), Brooklyn Dodgers (1944), Pittsburgh Pirates (1944-1945)

Paul G. Waner -- b.4/16/1903 d.8/29/1965 (62)
MLB Right Fielder
Names/Places: NN:Big Poison
Misc: NL League Award Winner 1927; outfielder with 3152 hits
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (1926-1940), Brooklyn Dodgers (1941), Boston Braves (1941-1942), Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-1944), New York Yankees (1944-1945)

Vera Wang -- b.6/27/1949
Fashion Designer
Misc: in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame

Robert F. "Bobby" Wanzer -- b.6/4/1921 N.S. d.1/23/2016 N.S. (94)
NBA Coach, NBA Guard
Names/Places: RN:Robert Francis Wanzer; aka Hooks Wanzer
Misc: 5x NBA All-star
Sports Teams: Rochester Royals (player 1947-1957), Cincinnatti Royals (coach 1955-1959)

Arch Ward -- b.12/27/1896 N.S. d.7/9/1955 N.S. (58)
Editor, Sports Writer
Misc: Chicago Tribune sports editor

Bill Ward -- b.5/5/1948
Songwriter, Heavy Metal Drummer, English
Group Names: Black Sabbath

Holcombe Ward -- b.11/23/1878 d.1/23/1967 (88)
Tennis Player

Jem Ward -- b.12/26/1800 d.4/3/1884 (83)
Boxer, English

John Montgomery "Monte" Ward -- b.3/3/1860 d.3/4/1925 (65)
MLB Manager, MLB Shortstop, MLB Pitcher
Misc: pitched a perfect game in 1880, 2x NL stolen base leader
Sports Teams: Providence Grays (1878-1882), New York Gothams/Giants (1883-1889), Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (1890), Brooklyn Grooms (1891-1892), New York Giants (1893-1894), Providence Grays (manager 1880), New York Gothams/Giants (manager 1884, 1893-1894), Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (manager 1890), Brooklyn Grooms (manager 1891-1892)

Robert Ward -- b.10/15/1938 N.S. d.12/25/2008 N.S. (70)
Blues Guitarist, Soul Musician
Group Names: The Falcons

Rodger Ward -- b.1/10/1921 d.7/5/2004 (83)
Auto Racer
Misc: Indianapolis 500

Walter Ward -- b.11/29/1897 d.2/8/1984 (86)
Bowler

Andre Ware -- b.7/31/1969
Sports Commentator, Sports Analyst, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1989)
Sports Teams: University of Houston, Detroit Lions (1990-1993), Ottawa Rough Riders (1995), BC Lions (1996), Toronto Argonauts (1997), Berlin Thunder (1999)

James Ware -- b.6/20/1957 N.S.
Wrestler
Names/Places: ring name: Koko B. Ware

Paul Warfield -- b.11/28/1942
NFL Wide Receiver
Misc: NFL/WFL Brown and Dolphin caught 427 passes for 8565 yards, 85 TDs, 8 Pro Bowls, 13 years; Super Bowl: VI, VII, VIII
Sports Teams: Cleveland Browns (1964-1969), Miami Dolphins (1970-1974) Memphis Southmen (WFL 1975), Cleveland Browns (1976-1977)

Lois Waring -- b.??/??/1925
Figure Skater

John Wark -- b.8/4/1957
Soccer Player, Scotish
Misc: Scotland International Footballer, also played for Liverpool and Ipswitch Town

Curt Warner -- b.3/18/1961
NFL Runningback
Misc: 3x Pro Bowl; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Penn State, Seattle Seahawks (1983-1989), Los Angeles Rams (1990)

Glenn "Scobey Pop" Warner -- b.4/5/1871 N.S. d.9/7/1954 N.S. (83)
College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach
Misc: he was an innovative football coach at seven different schools over a 49-year period. Among his achievements was the "discovery" of Jim Thorpe.
Sports Teams: Cornell (player 1892-1894), Syracuse Athletic Club (player 1902), Georgia (coach 1895-1896), Iowa State (coach, 1895-1899), Cornell (coach, 1897-1898), Carlisle Indian (coach, 1899-1903), Cornell (coach, 1904-1906), Carlisle Indian (coach, 1907-1914), Pittsburgh (coach, 1915-1923), Stanford (coach, 1924-1932), Temple (coach, 1933-1938), San Jose State (associate coach 1939), Cornell (baseball coach 1905-1906)

Kurt Warner -- b.6/22/1971
Philanthropist, Sports Analyst, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, 4x Pro Bowl; in the Iowa Barnstormers and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Barnstormers (1995-1997) Amsterdam Admirals (1998) St. Louis Rams (1998-2003) New York Giants (2004) Arizona Cardinals (2005-2009)

Dionne Warwick -- b.12/12/1940 N.S.
Variety Show Hostess, Songwriter, Pianist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in East Orange, NJ; FN:Marie; aka Warwicke but gave the "e" to Dan Quayl.
Misc: the "Psychic Friends" hostess
TV Shows: Solid Gold, Love Boat (theme singer '86)

Watson Washburn -- b.6/13/1894 d.12/2/1973 (79)
Tennis Player

Booker Taliaferro Washington -- b.4/5/1856 d.11/14/1915 (59)
Author, Social Reformer, Educator
Names/Places: b. in Franklin County, Virginia
Misc: Vocational training for blacks

Dinah Washington -- b.8/29/1924 d.12/14/1963 (39)
Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Jazz Pianist
Names/Places: NN:Queen of the Harlem Blues; RN:Ruth Lee Jones

George Washington -- b.2/11/1731 J-LD or 2/22/1732 N.S. or 2/11/1732 Ju-1 d.12/14/1799 N.S. (67)
General, President, American
Names/Places: b. at his parents' plantation near Fredricksburg, Virginia; he died at his Mount Vernon home nearly three years after leaving office.
Misc: the first U.S. President 1789-96; led Continental army; 6 star general is history's highest ranking officer of the U.S. Army; on a $1 bill & quarter; you'd think that when asked to show his I.D. he'll pull out a quarter?

Ora Mae Washington -- b.1/23/1898 N.S. d.12/21/1971 N.S. (73)
Tennis Player, Basketball Player
Misc: in the Basketball Hall of Fame

Lew Wasserman -- b.3/15/1913 d.6/3/2002 (89)
Film Executive
Misc: MCA chief executive

Bob Waterfield -- b.7/26/1920 d.3/25/1983 (62)
NFL Coach, NFL Quarterback
Names/Places: RFN:Robert
Misc: 2x Pro Bowl; Rams #7 retired
Sports Teams: Cleveland Browns (player 1945), Los Angeles Rams (player 1946-1952), Los Angeles Rams (coach 1960-1962)

Dick Waterman -- b.7/14/1935
Photographer, Writer
Misc: Blues music promoter

"Muddy" Waters -- b.4/4/1915 N.S. or 4/4/1913 N.S. d.4/30/1983 N.S.
Composer, Harmonicaist, Bandleader, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist
Names/Places: RN:McKinley Morganfield

Roger Waters -- b.9/6/1943
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Bassist, Rock & Roll Performer, English
Group Names: Pink Floyd

Troy Weston Waters -- b.4/23/1965 N.S. d.5/18/2018 N.S. (53)
Boxer, Australian
Misc: a member of the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame

A. J. Watson -- b.5/8/1924 d.5/12/2014 (90)
Auto Racer
Misc: in the Motorsports Hall of Fame though not a racer but a car builder and chief mechanic from 1949 to 1984 in the Indianapolis 500, winning the race seven times.

Andrew Watson -- b.5/24/1856 d.3/8/1921 (64)
Soccer Player, British
Misc: British Guiana; world's first black association footballer to play at international level

Deborah Kathleen "Debbie" Watson -- b.9/28/1965 N.S.
Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Australian

Harry Watson -- b.5/6/1923 d.11/19/2002 (79)
NHL Center, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1941-1957
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Americans, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks

Ivory "Deek" Watson -- b.7/18/1909 N.S. d.11/4/1969 N.S. (60)
Soul Singer
Group Names: Ink Spots

Jill Watson -- b.3/29/1963
Figure Skater

Johnny "Guitar" Watson -- b.2/3/1935 N.S. d.5/17/1996 N.S. (61)
Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: influenced musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa

Lillian Debra Watson -- b.6/11/1950 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: nick name: Pokey Watson; aka Lillian Richardson

Sidney John "Sid" Watson -- b.5/4/1932 N.S. d.4/25/2004 N.S. (71)
NFL Halfback, Hockey Coach
Misc: in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Bowdoin College (hockey coach), Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tom Watson -- b.9/4/1949
Golfer
Names/Places: b. in Kansas City

Charlie Watts -- b.6/2/1941
Percussionist, Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Names/Places: MN:Robert
Group Names: The Rolling Stones

Reggie Watts -- b.3/23/1972 N.S.
Bandleader
TV Shows: The Late Late Show with James Corden

Stanley H. "Stan" Watts -- b.8/30/1911 N.S. d.4/6/2000 N.S. (88)
College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Brigham Young University (coach 1949-1972)

William F. "Bill" Watts Jr. -- b.5/5/1939 N.S.
Wrestler
Names/Places: aka "Cowboy" Bill Watts
Misc: Wrestling promoter

Don Wayne -- b.5/30/1933 d.9/12/2011 (78)
Songwriter, Country Musician
Song Titles: Country Bumpkin (penned for Carl Smith's 1974 hit)

John Wayne -- b.5/26/1907 d.6/11/1979 (72)
Movie Actor, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in Winterset, IA; RN:Marion Michael Morrison
Misc: in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (frequent guest)
Movie Titles: Stagecoach, Chisholm Trainl, The Quiet Man, The Longest Day, Rio Bravo, The Searchers, The Shootist, True Grit, North to Alaska, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Marshall Wayne -- b.5/25/1912 N.S. d.6/16/1999 N.S. (87)
Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

Joseph "Joe" Weatherly -- b.5/29/1922 N.S. d.1/19/1964 N.S. (41)
Auto Racer
Misc: two time NASCAR championship driver; AMA nationals

Earl Weaver -- b.8/14/1930 d.1/19/2013 (82)
Author, Baseball Announcer, MLB Manager
Sports Teams: Baltimore Orioles (coach, 1967), Baltimore Orioles (manager, 1968-1982, 1985-1986)
TV Shows: Monday Night Baseball (1980s)

Sylvester L. "Pat" Weaver -- b.12/21/1908 d.3/15/2002 (93)
TV Executive
Names/Places: RFN:Sylvester; Doodles' brother, Sigourney's father.
Misc: A top executive in history of TV though briefly
TV Shows: Your Show of Shows (creator), Today (creator), Tonight Show (creator)

Jack Webb -- b.4/2/1920 d.12/23/1982 (62)
TV/Movie Actor, TV Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Santa Monica, Ca.; Julie London's ex-hubby
Misc: WWII bomber pilot
TV Shows: Dragnet (as Sgt. Joe Friday and producer), The DA (producer), Hec Ramsey (producer), Emergency (producer), Adam 12 (producer), Mobile One (producer), Project UFO (producer)

Karrie Webb -- b.12/21/1974
Golfer, Australian

Matthew Webb -- b.1/19/1848 N.S. d.7/24/1883 N.S. (35)
Swimmer, British
Misc: the first one to swim across the English Channel on 8-21-1875

Dick Weber -- b.12/23/1929 d.2/13/2005 (75)
Actor, Bowler
Misc: 3-time PBA Bowler of the Year (1961,63,65); won 30 PBA titles in 4 decades; bowled 16 300-score games.

Peter Weber -- b.8/21/1962
Bowler
Names/Places: Dick's son
Misc: PBA all-time money winner

Daniel Webster -- b.1/18/1782 d.10/24/1852 (70)
Orator, Statesman, Government Official, Attorney/Lawyer
Names/Places: b. in Salisbury, NH
Misc: secretary of state

Mike Webster -- b.3/18/1952 d.9/24/2002 (50)
NFL Center
Names/Places: RFMN:Michael Lewis
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1988), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1990)

Robert David "Bob" Webster -- b.10/25/1938 N.S.
Diver, Olympic Athlete, American

Roger Wehrli -- b.11/26/1947
NFL Player
Misc: 7x Pro Bowl; in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1969-1982)

Mariechen Wehselau -- b.5/15/1906 N.S. d.7/12/1992 N.S. (86)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: aka Mariechan Jackson

Doug Weight -- b.1/21/1971
NHL General Manager, NHL Coach, NHL Center
Names/Places: RN:Douglas Daniel Weight
Misc: played 1991-2010
Sports Teams: New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders

Cynthia Weil -- b.10/18/1940
Actress, Composer, Songwriter
Misc: wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Kicks", many others with partner Barry Mann

Ralph "Cooney" Weiland -- b.11/5/1904 d.7/3/1985 (80)
NHL Center, Canadian
Misc: played from 1925-1939
Sports Teams: Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings

Max W. Weinberg -- b.4/13/1951
Bandleader, Rock & Roll Drummer
Names/Places: b. in South Orange, NJ
Group Names: The E Street Band
TV Shows: Late Night with Conan O'Brien (bandleader of the Max Weinberg Seven-piece Ensemble)

Arnie Weinmeister -- b.3/23/1923 d.6/29/2000 (77)
NFL Defensive, NFL Tackle, CFL Figure
Misc: AAFC figure; 4x Pro Bowl, 6x All-Pro
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (AAFC, 1948-1949), New York Giants (1950-1953), British Columbia Lions (CFL, 1954-1955)

Alex Weir -- b.10/20/1916 d.1/10/2003 (86)
Soccer Player, Scotish

Robert Hall "Bob" Weir -- b.10/16/1947 N.S.
Rhythm Guitarist, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco; NN:Ace
Group Names: The Grateful Dead (co-founder)

George M. Weiss -- b.6/23/1895 d.8/13/1972 (77)
MLB Executive

Johnny Weissmuller -- b.6/2/1904 N.S. d.1/20/1984 N.S. (79)
Movie Actor, TV/Movie Actor, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Austrian, Hungarian
Names/Places: b. in Chicago; RFN:Peter John; wed 5x's; d. in Acapulco, Mexico
Misc: won 52 national championships, 5 Olympic gold medals; set 67 world records; was the first to swim 100m freestyle under a minute; some say b. in 1903 or d. 1-21
TV Shows: Jungle Jim (star)
Movie Titles: Tarzan (series 1932-1948)

Mickey Welch -- b.7/4/1859 d.7/30/1941 (82)
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: NN:Smiling Mickey

Pete Welding -- b.11/15/1935 d.11/17/1995 (60)
Music Producer, Musicologist
Misc: blues historian, activist

Orson Welles -- b.5/6/1915 d.10/10/1985 (70)
Author, TV/Movie/Stage/Radio Actor, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Kenosha, WI; FN:George; d. in Los Angeles
Misc: radio:War of the Worlds
TV Shows: The Name of the Game (narrator), Night Gallery (narrator), Shogun (narrator), Magnum P.I. (voice of Robin Masters)
Movie Titles: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons

Junior Wells -- b.12/9/1934 d.1/15/1998 (63)
Songwriter, Harmonicaist, Blues Singer

Kitty Wells -- b.8/30/1919 d.7/16/2012 (92)
Country Singer, Country Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Nashville, TN; NN:The Queen Of Country Music; RN:Muriel Deason

Mary Wells -- b.5/13/1943 N.S. d.7/26/1992 N.S. (49)
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; MN:Esther
Song Titles: My Guy

W. R. Clifford "Cliff" Wells -- b.3/17/1896 N.S. d.8/15/1977 N.S. (81)
Basketball Coach
Misc: As a high school basketball coach in Indiana he led his teams to winning more than 50 tournaments, including two Indiana state championships in 1919 and 1934.
Sports Teams: Tulane University (coach 1945-1963)

Willie Wells -- b.8/10/1906 d.1/22/1989 (82)
Baseball Shortstop
Names/Places: NN:The Devil
Misc: Negro League
Sports Teams: St. Louis Stars (1924-31), Detroit Wolves (1932), Homestead Grays (1932, 1937), Kansas City Monarchs (1932), Chicago American Giants (1929, 1933-35), Newark Eagles (1936-39, 1942, 1945), Birmingham Black Barons (1941), New York Black Yankees (1945-46), Baltimore Elite Giants (1946), Indianapolis Clowns (1947), Memphis Red Sox (1948), Veracruz (1940-41, 1944), Tampico (1943), Mexico City (1944), Newark Eagles (manager, 1942, 1945), Indianapolis Clowns (manager, 1947)

Vince Welnick -- b.2/21/1951 d.6/2/2006 (55)
Singer, Rock & Roll Keyboardist
Group Names: Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Grateful Dead

Freddie Welsh -- b.3/5/1886 d.7/29/1927 (41)
Boxer, Welsh (Wales)

Kim Welshons -- b.??/??/1951 N.S. d.3/15/2015 N.S.
Swimmer, American

Rick Welts -- b.??/??/1953 N.S.
NBA Executive

Billy Welu -- b.7/3/1932 d.5/16/1974 (41)
Bowler

E. W. "Bud" Wendell -- b.8/17/1927 N.S. d.1/8/2016 N.S. (88)
Music Executive, Country Figure
Misc: in the Country Music Hall of Fame

Michael Wenden -- b.11/17/1949 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

Arsène Wenger -- b.10/22/1949
Soccer Midfielder, Soccer Manager, French
Misc: OBE

Jann S. Wenner -- b.1/7/1946
Journalist, Publisher, Editor
Misc: Rolling Stone; some say 1947

Tom Werner -- b.4/12/1950
Actor, TV Producer, MLB Owner
Misc: primarily a producer; Casey-Werner productions
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres (owned)
TV Shows: The Life and Times of Tim, That '70s Show, Grounded For Life, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Cybill, Grace Under Fire, Oh Madeline, Roseanne, Cosby Show, A Diff'rent World, Jackie Thomas Show

Dottie West -- b.10/11/1932 N.S. d.9/4/1991 N.S. (58)
Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: NN:The Country Sunshine; LN:Marsh

Jerry West -- b.5/28/1938
NBA General Manager, NBA Coach, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Cheylan, W. Va.
Misc: he had a career average of 27 points per game as the Lakers guard; the first team all-star 10X's; scored 25,192 career points; 153 games, 4457 points, 29.1 ppg; a 2-time All-America and NCAA tourney MVP (1959) at West Virginia University and was the outstanding player in the NCAA tournament in 1959; His Hall-of-Fame career featured a record 840 free throws in 1966; led 1960 U.S. Olympic team to gold medal; 10-time All-NBA first-team; NBA finals MVP (1969); led LA Lakers to NBA title once as player (1972) and 5 times as GM in 1980s. Olympic gold medalist (1960); The NBA logo is modelled after West's silhouette; Lakers #44 retired.
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (player 1960-1974, coach 1976-1979, General Manager)

Stephanie Westerfield -- b.10/8/1943 d.2/15/1961 (17)
Figure Skater

George Westinghouse -- b.10/6/1846 d.3/12/1914 (67)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: The Air Brake, founded own company, Standardized U.S. current; held 400 patents

Kim Weston -- b.12/20/1939 N.S.
Soul Singer

Harry "Rat" Westwick -- b.4/23/1876 N.S. d.4/3/1957 N.S. (80)
NHL Goaltender, Lacrosse Player, Canadian
Misc: played 1894-1909; NHL Rover
Sports Teams: Ottawa Hockey Club

Joyce Wethered -- b.11/17/1901 d.11/20/1997 (96)
Golfer, English
Misc: a natural stylist widely regarded as the greatest British woman player of her day.

Jerry Wexler -- b.1/10/1917 N.S. d.8/15/2008 N.S. (91)
Journalist, Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter
Misc: Instrumental in popularizing soul music to white audiences. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and many others.

Tina Weymouth -- b.11/22/1950
Songwriter, Singer, Bassist, Synthesizer
Names/Places: RFN:Martina
Misc: some say b. 1951
Group Names: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Heads

Joan Whalley -- b.12/18/1921 d.1/10/1998 (76)
Soccer Player, English

Arthur Wharton -- b.10/28/1865 d.12/13/1930 (65)
Soccer Player

James Wharton -- b.3/3/1813 d.4/25/1856 (43)
Boxer, Moroccan

Tom "Tiny" Wharton -- b.11/3/1927 N.S. d.5/9/2005 N.S. (77)
Soccer Player, Scotish
Misc: referee in the 50s-70s; one of the most iconic and respected officials of his generation.

Zachary D. "Zack" Wheat -- b.5/23/1888 d.3/11/1972 (83)
MLB Left Fielder
Names/Places: NN:Buck
Sports Teams: Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins (1909-1926), Philadelphia Athletics (1927)

Peetie Wheatstraw -- b.12/21/1902 d.12/21/1941 (39)
Singer/Guitarist, Pianist, Blues Performer

Howard Augustine "Humpy" Wheeler Jr. -- b.10/23/1938 N.S.
Auto Racer
Misc: past president and general manager of NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway.

James Whistler -- b.7/10/1834 d.7/17/1903 (69)
Painter, Etcher
Names/Places: b. in Lowell, Ma.; MN:Abbott McNeill; b. Jul 14?
Misc: the world famous painter of his mother, Whistler's Mother

Jack Whitaker -- b.5/18/1924
Commentator, Sportscaster
TV Shows: CBS Sports, ABC Sports

Pernell Whitaker -- b.1/2/1964
Boxer
Misc: won WBC welterweight championship in 1993; has also held jr. welterweight and lightweight titles; outfought but failed to beat Julio Cesar Chavez when Sept. 10, 1993 welterweight title defense ended in controversial draw; entered 1994 with pro record of 32-1-1 and 15 KOs; won Olympic gold medal as lightweight in 1984.

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

Alan White -- b.6/14/1949
Songwriter, Rock & Roll Drummer, English
Misc: a sought after sessionist
Group Names: Yes, Plastic-Ono Band, soloist

Albert White -- b.5/14/1885 N.S. d.7/8/1982 N.S. (97)
Diver, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Albert "Al" Cosad White

Anthony White -- b.4/23/1954 N.S.
Wrestler, Body Builder
Names/Places: ring name: Tony Atlas
Misc: Powerlifter

Betty White -- b.1/17/1922
Actress, TV Hostess, Game Show Hostess, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Oak Park, Ill.; Allen Ludden's widow
Misc: some say b. 1917 or 1924
TV Shows: Life with Elizabeth (as Elizabeth), Date with the Angels (as Vicki Angel), Jack Paar Show (semi regular), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Sue Ann Nivens), Liar's Club (panelist), Password (panelist), Match Game (panelist), Betty White Show (as Joyce Whitman), Mama's Family (as Ellen Jackson), The Golden Girls (as Rose Nylund), The Golden Palace (as Rose Nylund), Bob (as Sylvia Schmidt), Maybe This Time (as Shirley), Ladies Man (as Mitzi Stiles), Bold & The Beautiful (as Ann Douglas), Hot in Cleveland (as Elka Ostrovsky)

Bukka White -- b.11/12/1906 d.2/26/1977 (70)
Singer/Guitarist, Harmonicaist, Pianist, Blues Performer
Misc: slide guitarist

Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White -- b.6/8/1917 N.S. d.4/15/2002 N.S. (84)
Supreme Court Justice, NFL Runningback
Misc: All-America HB at Colorado (1935-37); signed with Pittsburgh in 1938 for the then largest contract in pro history ($15,800); took Rhodes scholarship in 1939; returned to NFL in 1940 to lead league in rushing and retired in 1941; named to U.S. Supreme Court by President Kennedy in 1962 and stepped down in 1993; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Colorado at Boulder, Pittsburgh Pirates (1938), Detroit Lions (1940-1941)

Charles R. White -- b.1/22/1958
NFL Runningback, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Misc: Heisman Trophy (1979)
Sports Teams: University of Southern California (player 1970s, coach 1993-1997), Cleveland Browns (1980-1984), Los Angeles Rams (1985-1988)

Ed White -- b.4/4/1947
NFL Guard
Names/Places: RN: Edward Alvin White
Misc: 4x Pro Bowl, Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, XI; in the College Football and the San Diego Chargers Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of California Berkeley, Minnesota Vikings (1969-1977), San Diego Chargers (1978-1985)

Faye White -- b.2/2/1978
Soccer Player, English

Fred "Freddie" White -- b.1/13/1955
Drummer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Earth Wind & Fire

James Laurie "Deacon" White -- b.12/7/1847 N.S. d.7/7/1939 N.S. (91)
MLB Catcher
Misc: one of the principal stars during the first two decades of the sport's professional era.
Sports Teams: Cleveland Forest Citys (1868-1872), Boston Red Stocking (1873-1875), Chicago White Stockings (1876), Boston Red Stocking (1877), Cincinnati Reds (1878-1880), Buffalo Bisons (1881-1885), Detroit Wolverines (1886-1888), Pittsburgh Pirates (1889), Buffalo Bisons (1890), Forest City of Cleveland (manager 1872), Cincinnati Reds (manager 1879)

Jo Jo White -- b.11/16/1946 d.1/16/2018 N.S. (71)
NBA Guard
Misc: 7x NBA All-Star; Celtics #10 retired
Sports Teams: Boston Celtics (1969-1979), Golden State Warriors (1979-1980), Kansas City Kings (1980-1981)

John Anderson White -- b.4/28/1937 d.7/21/1964 (27)
Soccer Player, Scotish

Maurice White -- b.12/19/1941 d.2/4/2016 N.S. (74)
Producer/Director, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Drummer, Percussionist, Bandleader, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago
Misc: Kalimba
Group Names: Earth Wind & Fire, soloist, Ramsey Lewis Swing Band

Nera D. White -- b.11/15/1935 d.4/13/2016 N.S. (80)
Basketball Player
Misc: is considered one of the most outstanding female players in history.

Randy White -- b.1/15/1953
NFL Defensive, NFL Tackle, College Football Player
Misc: Super Bowl XII MVP; 9x Pro Bowl, 9x First Team All-Pro, 3x NFC Champ; in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Maryland, Dallas Cowboys (1975-1988)

Reggie White -- b.12/19/1961 d.12/26/2004 (43)
NFL Defensive End, College Football Player, USFL Figure
Misc: consensus All-America in 1983 at Tennessee; 13x Pro Bowl, 10x First Team All-Pro, All-USFL, three sacks in a Super Bowl; Eagles #92 retired, Packers #92 retired; College, Eagles, Packers, and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Tennessee, Memphis Showboats (USFL 1984-1985), Philadelphia Eagles (1985-1992), Green Bay Packers (1993-1998), Carolina Panthers (2000)

Rex White -- b.8/17/1929
Auto Racer, Irish

Ronnie White -- b.4/5/1939 N.S. d.8/26/1995 N.S. (56)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Miracles (backing group for Smokey Robinson)

Sol White -- b.6/12/1868 d.8/26/1955 (87)
Baseball Figure, Baseball Manager
Misc: played and coached for 18 teams from 1887-1926, was an American professional baseball infielder, manager and executive, and one of the pioneers of the Negro leagues. An active sportswriter for many years, he wrote the first definitive history of black baseball in 1907.
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Keystones (1887-1888, 1892), Cuban Giants (1890-1891, 1893-1894, 1896), Cuban X-Giants (1896-1899, 1901), Philadelphia Giants (1902-1908)

Tanith Belbin White -- b.7/11/1984 N.S.
Figure Skater, Ice Dancer, Olympic Athlete, American, Canadian
Names/Places: aka: Tanith Belbin
Misc: famous for her partnership with Benjamin Agosto

Verdine White -- b.7/25/1951
Bassist, Percussionist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Earth Wind & Fire

Beverley Joy Whitfield -- b.6/15/1954 N.S. d.8/20/1996 N.S. (42)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

Brad Whitford -- b.2/23/1952
Heavy Metal Guitarst
Group Names: Aerosmith

Ray Whitley -- b.12/5/1901 d.2/21/1979 (77)
Actor, Songwriter, Country Singer
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Malcolm Whitman -- b.3/5/1877 d.12/28/1932 (55)
Tennis Player
Misc: US Open 1898

Walt Whitman -- b.5/31/1819 d.3/26/1892 (72)
Author, Essayist, Poet, Journalist, American, Gay
Names/Places: b. in West Hill, N.Y.; NN: The Father of Free Verse in America; RFN:Walter; d. in Camden, N.J.

Eli Whitney -- b.12/8/1765 d.1/8/1825 (59)
Inventor
Misc: The Cotton Gin and the concept of mass production of interchangable parts

John Greenleaf Whittier -- b.12/17/1807 d.9/7/1892 (84)
Essayist, Poet, Journalist, Abolitionist
Misc: influential Quaker poet and ardent advocate for the abolition of slavery.

Charles Whittingham -- b.4/13/1913 d.4/20/1999 (86)
Jockey
Misc: Thoroughbred Racer

Kathy Whitworth -- b.9/27/1939
Golfer
Misc: women's leading money winner; most LPGA wins (8); the first woman to earn over $300,000; 7-time LPGA Player of the Year (1966-69,71-73); won 6 Majors; 88 tour wins most on LPGA or PGA tour.

Sharon Lynn Wichman -- b.5/13/1952 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: aka Sharon Jones

Tracey Lee Wickham -- b.11/24/1962 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

Alick F. Wickhan -- b.6/1/1886 N.S. d.8/10/1967 N.S. (81)
Swimmer
Names/Places: b. in Solomon Islands

Sidney Wicks -- b.9/19/1949
NBA Player
Misc: 4x NBA All-Star, 3x NCAA Champion; UCLA #35 retired; in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of California Los Angeles, Portland Trail Blazers (1971-1976), Boston Celtics (1976-1978), San Diego Clippers (1978-1981)

Albert Marcus Wiggins Jr. -- b.5/27/1935 N.S. d.6/1/2011 N.S. (76)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Robert Keith "Cowboy" Wiggins -- b.9/20/1960 N.S. d.9/8/1989 N.S. (28)
Hip Hop Performer
Group Names: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman -- b.12/20/1886 d.12/5/1974 (87)
Tennis Player
Misc: She won her first national title in 1909 and her last in 1955 at the age of 68! In her career she won 50 national titles in singles and doubles indoors and out.

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