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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for March 12

Last Updated 03-05-2017

🏆🏒Mark Fusco -- is 56 in the year 2017 and 57 in the year 2018; b.3/12/1961 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Hockey Defensive, Olympic Athlete
Misc: played 1983-1985
Sports Teams: Hartford Whalers

🎵Marlon Jackson -- is 60 in the year 2017 and 61 in the year 2018; b.3/12/1957
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Gary, IN; MN:David
Group Names: The Jacksons

🏆🏁Johnny Rutherford -- is 79 in the year 2017 and 80 in the year 2018; b.3/12/1938
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Names/Places: b. in Fort Worth, TX
Misc: NASCAR; Auto racer who became a race driver in 1959 and has since won 26 championship races. He won the Indy 500 3 times, in '74, '76 and '80. The '80 win was the first for a driver starting from the pole position.

⛪🎵James Taylor -- is 69 in the year 2017 and 70 in the year 2018; b.3/12/1948
Hall of Famer, Protestant, Songwriter, Cellist, Guitarist, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Boston; Carly Simon's hubby 1972-82
Song Titles: Fire and Rain, You've Got a Friend, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Shower the People, Handy Man, Your Smiling Face, Her Town Too (with JD Souther)
Album Titles: Sweet Baby James, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, One Man Dog, Walking Man, Gorilla, In the Pocket, JT, Flag, Dad Loves His Work, That's Why I'm Here, Never Die Young, New Moon Shine, Hourglass, October Road, Covers, Before This World
Video Titles: James Taylor: In Concert, James Taylor Live in Rio, James Taylor on Concert in Boston, Squibnocket, Live at the Beacon Theatre, Pull Over
Movie Titles: Two-Lane Blacktop (as The Driver)

🏆🏁Robert "Red" Byron -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1915 d.11/11/1960 (45)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR; SCCA manager

🏆🎾Malcolm Chace -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1875 d.7/16/1955 (80)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

💰🎵Leonard Chess -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1917 d.10/16/1969 (52)
Hall of Famer, Businessperson, Executive, Music Figure
Misc: founder of Chess Records

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🏆🏈🏀Edgar Diddle -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1895 N.S. d.1/2/1970 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, College Football Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Centre College (football player 1917, 1919-1920, basketball player 1917, 1919-1920), Western Kentucky University (football coach 1922-1928, basketball coach 1922-1964)

🏆🏀Robert F. "Ace" Gruenig -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1913 d.8/11/1958 (45)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Player
Misc: AAU All-America First-Team (1937-40, 1942-46, 1948); AAU championship (Denver Safeway, 1937; Denver Nuggets, 1939; Denver American Legion, 1942)

🏆🏀Robert J. "Bob" Houbregs -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1932 d.5/28/2014 (82)
Hall of Famer, NBA Player, College Basketball Player, Canadian
Misc: A 6'8", 225 pound forward-center, Houbregs attended the University of Washington from 1949 to 1953. In 1953, as a senior, he was named NCAA Player of the Year, was a Consensus All-America selection, helped lead the University of Washington to the Final Four, and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 34.8 points per game in the post-season. Played for five seasons in the NBA from 1953-58. Was a Seattle Supersonics general manager from 1970-73.
Sports Teams: University of Washington (1950-1953), Milwaukee Hawks (1953), Baltimore Bullets (1953-1954), Boston Celtics (1954), Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons (1954-1958)

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📰🎵Mike Leadbitter -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1942 d.11/16/1974 (32)
Hall of Famer, Editor, Music Figure, British
Misc: a leading authority on blues music

Simon Newcomb -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1835 d.7/11/1909 (74)
Hall of Famer, Astronomer, Mathematician, American, Canadian

📰Earl Nightengale -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1921 d.3/28/1989 (68)
Hall of Famer, Commentator
Misc: WGN radio; radio: Sky King (as the voice of the adventure character Sky King)

🏆🥊Mae Young -- Birth Anniversary -- b.3/12/1923 d.1/14/2014 (90)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Johnnie Mae Young

🏆⛸Theresa Weld Blanchard -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/21/1893 d.3/12/1978 (84)
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

🎵Tommy Brown -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/27/1931 d.3/12/2016 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: aka Tommy Weepin and Cryin' Brown, "Little" Tommy Brown

🏆⚾Frankie Frisch -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/9/1898 d.3/12/1973 (74)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Second Baseman
Names/Places: NN:Fordham Flash
Misc: NL MVP 1931
Sports Teams: New York Giants (1919-1926), St. Louis Cardinals (player 1927-1937, manager 1933-1938), Pittsburgh Pirates (manager 1940-1946), Chicago Cubs (manager 1949-1951)

✍🎭Richard Levinson -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/7/1934 d.3/12/1987 (52)
Hall of Famer, Writer, Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, TV Producer
TV Shows: Columbo (creator), Murder She Wrote (creator)

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🏆🏀Aleksandar Nikolic -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/28/1924 N.S. d.3/12/2000 N.S. (75)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Serbian
Names/Places: NN: The Father of Yugoslav Basketball

🏆🥊John Pesek -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/21/1894 d.3/12/1978 (84)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Misc: also a notable greyhound dog breeder

🏆🥊Jack Randall -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/25/1794 d.3/12/1828 (33)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English

🏆🏀Edward A. "Ed" Wachter -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/30/1883 d.3/12/1966 (82)
Hall of Famer, 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.

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

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