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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name October 12

Last Updated 10-05-2017

🏆🏁Ned Jarrett -- is 85 in the year 2017 and 86 in the year 2018; b.10/12/1932
Hall of Famer, Sports Commentator, Auto Racer
Misc: NASCAR Hall of Famer: 50 Grand National victories; NASCAR Commentator

🎵Sam Moore -- is 82 in the year 2017 and 83 in the year 2018; b.10/12/1935
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: MN:David
Group Names: Sam & Dave, soloist (1970-)
Song Titles: Soul Man, I Thank You

💰🏆⚾Joe Cronin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1906 d.9/7/1984 (77)
Hall of Famer, Executive, MLB Manager, MLB Shortstop
Names/Places: RFN:Joseph Edward
Misc: AL League president 1959-74; MVP 1930
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (player 1926-1927), Boston Red Sox (player 1935-1945, manager 1935-1947), Washington Senators (player 1928-1934, manager 1933-1934)

🏆🎾Jaroslav Drobny -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1921 d.9/13/2001 (79)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Czech

🎵Melvin Franklin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1942 d.2/23/1995 (52)
Hall of Famer, Bass Singer/Basso, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN:David English
Group Names: The Temptations

🏆⚾John Preston "Pete" Hill -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1882 d.12/19/1951 (69)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Figure
Misc: some say b. 1880; was an American outfielder and manager in baseball's Negro Leagues from 1899 to 1925.

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🏆🎳Chuck O'Donnell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1913 d.3/28/2001 (87)
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🏆🥊Dusty Rhodes -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1945 d.6/11/2015 (69)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Names/Places: RN:Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.; aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes
Misc: Wrestling trainer, worked for WWE

🏆⛸Maribel Yerxa Vinson-Owen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1911 d.2/15/1961 (49)
Hall of Famer, Figure Skater

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🎵Ali-Ollie Woodson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/12/1951 d.5/30/2010 (58)
Hall of Famer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Temptations

🏆⚽Michael "Mike" Bookie -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/12/1904 d.10/12/1944 (40)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Forward

⛪🎭🏆🏀Wilton Norman "Wilt The Stilt" Chamberlain -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/21/1936 d.10/12/1999 (63)
Hall of Famer, Protestant, Actor, NBA Coach, NBA Center
Misc: 50.4 pts per game, 100 points/game, 55 rebounds/game, 23,924 rebounds/career, 18 cons/field goals/game, 4029 season point record, .727% field goal, 30.1 avg points, & 31,419 career points, & 1941 record season rebounds; consensus All-America in 1957 and '58 at Kansas; Final Four MVP in 1957; scored 100 points vs. NY Knicks in Hershey, Pa., Mar. 2, 1962; led Philadelphia 76ers (1967) and LA Lakers (1972) to NBA titles. 4x NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966-1968) in Philadelphia, 2x NBA champion (1967, 1972), NBA Finals MVP (1972), 13x NBA All-Star (1960-1969, 1971-1973), NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960), 7x All-NBA First Team (1960-1962, 1964, 1965-1968), 3x All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1966, 1972), 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972-1973), 7x NBA scoring champion (1960-1966), 11x NBA rebounding champion (1960-1963, 1966-1969, 1971-1973); Warriors #13 retired, 76ers #13 retired, Lakers #13 retired
Sports Teams: Harlem Globetrotters (1958-1959), Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (1959-1965), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968), Los Angeles Lakers (1968-1973), San Diego Conquistadors (ABA, coach, 1973-1974)

🏆🎾Jean-René Lacoste -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1904 d.10/12/1996 (92)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, French
Names/Places: NN:Le Crocodile
Misc: alligator shirt designer; one of The Four Musketeers, a French quartet that dominated men's world tennis in 1920s and '30s, winning 8 straight French singles titles (1925-32), 6 Wimbledons in a row (1924-29) and 6 consecutive Davis Cups (1927-32); some say b. 1905

🎖Robert E. Lee -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/19/1807 d.10/12/1870 (63)
Hall of Famer, General
Names/Places: b. in Stratford, VA; MN:Edward; d. in Lexington, Virginia
Misc: Commander in Chief of the Confederate armies

🏆🥊Ernie Roth -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/30/1926 N.S. d.10/12/1983 N.S. (57)
Hall of Famer, Wrestling Manager
Names/Places: aka: The Grand Wizard of Wrestling and Wrestling Farouk

🏆🏁🏇Willie "Bill" Shoemaker -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/19/1931 d.10/12/2003 (72)
Hall of Famer, Jockey
Names/Places: b. in Fabens, Texas
Misc: made 40,350 starts, winning 8,833 races, 6,136 places, 4,987 shows, 1,009 state winners, four Kentucky Derby wins, two Preakness wins, five Belmont Stakes wins, and 11 Triple crown wins; he earned $123,375,524 in 1014 stakes wins; Jockey's Guild Pres, trainer; 3-time Eclipse Award winner as Jockey (1981) and special award recipient (1976,81); oldest jockey to win Kentucky Derby (age 54, aboard Ferdinand in 1986); retired in 1990 to become trainer; paralyzed in 1991 auto accident but continues to train horses; in 1956 he won $2 million.

🎭🎵🎸Gene Vincent -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1935 d.10/12/1971 (36)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Norfolk, VA; RN:Eugene Vincent Craddock
Misc: The Blue Caps band backed him
Song Titles: Be-Bop-A-Lula

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