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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for May 28

Last Updated 05-09-2021

🏆🏀Jerry West -- is 83 in the year 2021 and 84 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1938
Hall of Famer, 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)

⛪🎭🎵Gladys Knight -- is 77 in the year 2021 and 78 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1944 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Mormon, Actress, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: NN: The Empress of Soul; b. in Atlanta
Group Names: Gladys Knight & the Pips (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Every Beat of My Heart, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Neither One of Us, Midnight Train to Georgia, I've Got To Use My Imagination, Save the Overtime (For Me), Love Overboard (previous title as lead of The Pips), That's What Friends Are For (with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder)
Album Titles: Neither One of Us, Imagination, I Feel a Song, All Our Love (previous titles as lead of The Pips), Good Woman, Just For You
TV Shows: Charlie & Company

🎵🎸John Fogerty -- is 76 in the year 2021 and 77 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1945
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Keyboardist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Berkeley, CA
Misc: he rewrote all his old CCR songs as John Fogerty songs for legal reasons and got really nasty about the people responsible in "Vanz Kant Danz"
Group Names: Credence Clearwater Revival (lead 1967-1972), soloist
Song Titles: Susie Q, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Down on the Corner, Fortunate Sun, Travelin' Band, Who'll Stop the Rain, Up Around the Bend, Run Through the Jungle, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Sweet Hitch Hiker, I Heard It Through The Grapevine (previous titles as lead of CCR), Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Rockin' All Over the World, The Old Man Down the Road, Rock and Roll Girls, Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie
Album Titles: Credence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, Pendulum, Mardi Gras (previous titles as lead of CCR), Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie, Blue Moon Swamp
Video Titles: Premonition, The Long Road Home In Concert

🏆🏈Bruce Taylor -- is 73 in the year 2021 and 74 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1948
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player
Sports Teams: Boston University, San Francisco 49ers (1970-1977)

🏆🏒Mark Steven Howe -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1955 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, NHL Left Wing, Olympic Athlete, American, Canadian
Names/Places: Colleen and Gordie's son, Marty's brother, nephew of Vic
Misc: played 1973-1995
Sports Teams: Houston Aeros (WHA), New England Whalers (WHA), Hartford Whalers (NHL), Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

🏆🏒Ronald Lawrence "Ron" Wilson -- is 66 in the year 2021 and 67 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1955 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NHL Coach, NHL Player, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs, Kloten Flyers, HC Davos Minnesota, North Stars

🏆🥊Jeff Fenech -- is 57 in the year 2021 and 58 in the year 2022; b.5/28/1964
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Australian

✍⚛Jean "Louis" Rodolphe Agassiz -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1807 d.12/14/1873 (66)
Hall of Famer, Author, Geologist, Naturalist, Educator, Swiss

🏆🎾Henry W. Slocum -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1862 d.1/22/1949 (86)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: US Open 1888

🏆🥊Paul Bowser -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1886 N.S. d.7/17/1960 N.S. (74)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler

🏆⚾🏈🏀Ward Louis "Piggy" Lambert -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1888 N.S. d.1/20/1958 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, Sports Executive, College Baseball Player, College Baseball Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: NBL commissioner 1946-1949; in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Wabash College (football player 1900, basketball player 1909-1922, baseball player c. 1910), Lebanon HS (basketball coach 1912-1916), Purdue University (basketball coach 1916-1917, 1918-1946, baseball coach 1917, 1919-1935, 1945-1946)

🏆⚾Warren C. Giles -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1896 d.2/7/1979 (82)
Hall of Famer, MLB Executive, MLB Player
Misc: National League President 1951-70
Sports Teams: Cincinnatti Reds (General Manager and Club President 1937-1951)

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

🏆🏒George Reginald "Red" Horner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1909 N.S. d.4/27/2005 N.S. (95)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs (possibly from 1928-1940)

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

🏆⚽Fabri Salcedo -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1914 d.8/25/1985 (71)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Spanish

🏆🏁Ray Fox -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1917 d.6/15/2014 (97)
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer
Misc: not a racer but an engine builder in the Motorsports Hall of Fame; NASCAR car owner and engine inspector; active from 1955-1972

🎵🎷🎸Papa John Creach -- Birth Anniversary -- b.5/28/1917 d.2/22/1994 (76)
Hall of Famer, Violinist, Jazz Performer, Blues-Rock Performer
Misc: some say b. May 18
Group Names: Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship

🏆🏀Oswald Tower -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/23/1883 N.S. d.5/28/1968 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Basketball Administrator
Misc: Phillips Academy Andover instructor (1910-1949), served on the National Basketball Rules Committee from 1910-1960, editor of the Official Basketball Guide, and an official rules interpreter from 1915-1960.

🏆🥊Ezzard Charles -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/7/1921 d.5/28/1975 (53)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Lawrenceville, GA
Misc: heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), the only boxer besides Muhammad Ali to try to regain the heavyweight championship 3 times and lost all 3 times

🏆🏈Lou Little -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1893 d.5/28/1979 (85)
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Coach
Sports Teams: Frankford Yellow Jackets (player 1920-1923), Georgetown University (coach 1924-1929), Columbia University (coach 1930-1956)

🏆🏒Sigurour Franklin "Frank" Fredrickson -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/3/1895 N.S. d.5/28/1979 N.S. (83)
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Misc: played 1913-1932
Sports Teams: Detroit Olympics (IHL), Detroit Falcons (NHL), Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL), Boston Bruins (NHL), Detroit Cougars (NHL), Victoria Cougars (WCHL), Victoria Cougars (PCHA), Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA)

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🏆🎾Derek Hardwick -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/30/1921 d.5/28/1987 (66)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, English

🏆🏌Julius Boros -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/3/1920 d.5/28/1994 (74)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
Misc: won two U.S. Open titles and a Professional Golf Association championship

🏆🏁🏊George Kojac -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/2/1910 N.S. d.5/28/1996 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

🏆🎾Sven Davidson -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/23/1928 d.5/28/2008 (79)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Swedish

🏆🥊John Tolos -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/18/1930 d.5/28/2009 (78)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler, Canadian, Greek
Names/Places: NN:The Golden Greek

🏆🏀Robert J. "Bob" Houbregs -- Death 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)

✍📰🎭🏆Frank Deford -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/16/1938 d.5/28/2017 N.S. (78)
Hall of Famer, Novelist, Journalist, Actor, Sports Writer
Misc: 50-year tenure at Sports Illustrated

🎭🏆⚾🏈🏁🏃Jim Thorpe -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.5/28/1887 N.S. or 5/22/1887 N.S. d.3/28/1953 N.S. (65)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, MLB Player, NFL Coach, NFL Player, College Football Coach, Runner, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Prague, OK; a twin; FN:James Francis
Misc: football All-America 1911, 1912; won pentathlon & decathlon, '12 Olympics; was the first NFL president; the greatest American athlete of the half-century; in the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Canton Bulldogs (player 1915-1917, 1919-1920, 1926; coach 1915-1920), Cleveland Indians (player and coach 1921), Oorang Indians (player 1922-1923), Rock Island Independents (player 1924, 1925), New York Giants (player 1925), Tampa Cardinals (player 1926), Chicago Cardinals (player 1928), Indiana University Bloomington (coach 1915), Oorang Indians (coach 1922-1923), Tampa Cardinals (coach 1926)

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