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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 8

Last Updated 10-06-2019

🏆⚽Marcelo Balboa -- is 52 in the year 2019 and 53 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1967
Hall of Famer, Soccer Defender, American

🎵Phillip E. Balsley -- is 80 in the year 2019 and 81 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1939
Hall of Famer, Country Singer
Group Names: The Statler Brothere, The Kingsmen

🏆🏒William John "Bill" Cleary Jr. -- is 85 in the year 2019 and 86 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1934 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Hockey Coach, Hockey Player, Olympic Athlete
Sports Teams: Harvard (player then coach)

🎖⚖💰🏆🏒Kenneth Dryden -- is 72 in the year 2019 and 73 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1947
Hall of Famer, Policeman, Lawyer, Businessperson, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: led Montreal to 6 Stanley Cup titles; playoff MVP as rookie in 1971; won or shared 5 Vezina Trophies.
Sports Teams: Montreal Voyageurs (AHL), Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens

🎵🎸Edge-The -- is 58 in the year 2019 and 59 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1961
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Alternative Rock Guitarist, Irish
Names/Places: b. in London; RN:David Howell Evans
Group Names: U2

🎵🎸Willie Hall -- is 69 in the year 2019 and 70 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1950 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Blues Drummer, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: The Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Blues Brothers Band

🏆🏁Nigel Mansell -- is 66 in the year 2019 and 67 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1953
Hall of Famer, Auto Racer, English
Misc: earned over $2.5 million!; won 1992 Formula One driving championship with record 9 victories and 14 poles; quit Grand Prix circuit to race Indy cars in 1993; first rookie to win IndyCar title; third driver to win IndyCar and F1 titles; will return to F1 circuit after 1994 IndyCar season.

🏆🏈Bruce Matthews -- is 58 in the year 2019 and 59 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1961
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Center
Sports Teams: Houston Oilers, Tennessee Oilers, Tennessee Titans (previous three 1983-2001, Houston moved and changed names during his time there), Houston Texans (coach, 2009-2010), Tennessee Titans (coach, 2011-2013)

🏆🎳Pete Tountas -- is 81 in the year 2019 and 82 in the year 2020; b.8/8/1938
Hall of Famer, Bowler

🏆🏁🏊Shigeo Arai -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1916 N.S. d.7/19/1944 N.S. (27)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Japanese

🏆🏒Bill Gadsby -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1927 d.3/10/2016 N.S. (88)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Sports Teams: Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings

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🎵🎸John Gustafson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1942 N.S. d.9/12/2014 N.S. (72)
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Pianist, Alternative Rock Bassist, English
Group Names: Deep Purple, Roxy Music

🏆🥊Alfred George James Hayes -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1928 N.S. d.7/21/2005 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Sports Commentator, Wrestler, Wrestling Manager, English
Names/Places: aka Lord Alfred Hayes

🎵Webb Pierce -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1921 d.2/24/1991 (69)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country-Blues Performer
Names/Places: b. in West Monroe, LA
Misc: Ozark Jubilee; a top 50s country music star; his biggest hit "In The Jailhouse Now" topped the country chart for 21 weeks. Some say b. 1926
Song Titles: In The Jailhouse Now

🏆🏀Jerry Tarkanian -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1930 d.2/11/2015 (84)
Hall of Famer, NBA Coach, College Basketball Coach
Names/Places: NN:Tank The Shark
Misc: all-time winningest college coach with .837 winning percentage; had record 625-122 over 24 years at Long Beach State and UNLV; led UNLV to 4 Final Fours and one national championship (1990); fought 16-year battle with NCAA over purity of UNLV program; quit as coach after going 26-2 in 1991-92; fired after 20 games (9-11) as coach of NBA San Antonio Spurs in 1992.
Sports Teams: Long Beach State, UNLV, San Antonio Spurs, Fresno State

🎵Joe Tex -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1933 d.8/13/1982 (49)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Soul Singer, Disco Singer
Names/Places: b. in Rogers, TX; RN:Joseph Arrington Jr.

🎵Mel Tillis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1932 d.11/19/2017 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer, Country Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Tampa, FL; father of daugher-star Pam
Misc: sang solo and duets with Webb Pierce, Glen Campbell and Nancy Sinatra; the most famous stutterer in country music which is also his trademark, but the words flow smoothly when he sings

🎭🏆🏁🏊Esther Williams -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1921 N.S. d.6/6/2013 N.S. (91)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actress, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; Billy Rose's wife; Fernando Lamas's widow
Misc: in the International Swimming Hall of Fame

🎵🎷Jimmy Witherspoon -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1923 d.9/18/1997 (74)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Bassist, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer
Misc: worked with Count Basie, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Mel Lewis, Eric Clapton, and as soloist

🏆⚽William "Willie" Woodburn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/8/1919 N.S. d.12/2/2001 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scotish
Misc: centre back

🎭🎵Glen Campbell -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/22/1936 d.8/8/2017 N.S. (81)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Delight, Ar.
Misc: some say b. 1935, 1938, March 22, or April 10
Group Names: The Champs, The Beach Boys, soloist
Song Titles: Wichita Lineman, Galveston, True Grit, Any Which Way You Can, Gentile on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Southern Nights, Rhinestone Cowboy
TV Shows: The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
Movie Titles: True Grit

📰🎵Jack Clement -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/5/1931 d.8/8/2013 (82)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, Music Producer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: NN:Cowboy
Misc: in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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🏆🥊Robert Friedrich -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/30/1891 d.8/8/1966 (75)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Names/Places: aka Ed "Strangler" Lewis

🏆🏒Harry Hyland -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/2/1889 d.8/8/1969 (80)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Right Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1908-1918
Sports Teams: Ottawa Senators, Montreal Wanderers

🏆🥊Kid Chocolate -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/6/1910 d.8/8/1988 (78)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Cuban

🏆🏈Dick MacPherson -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/4/1930 N.S. d.8/8/2017 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, College Football Coach, College Football Player
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Springfield College-Massachusetts (player 1950s), University of Illinois (1958), University of Massachusetts (1959-1960, 1971-1977), University of Cincinnatti (1961-1965), University of Maryland (1966), Denver Broncos (1967-1970), Cleveland Browns (1978-1980), University of Syracuse (1981-1990), New England Patriots (1991-1992)

🏆⚾Wilbert Robinson -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/29/1863 d.8/8/1934 (71)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Catcher
Names/Places: NN:Uncle Robbie
Sports Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1886-1890), Baltimore Orioles (AA/NL, 1890-1899), St. Louis Cardinals (1900), Baltimore Orioles (AL, 1901-1902), Baltimore Orioles (manager, AL, 1902), Brooklyn Robins (manager, 1914-1931)

🏆⚽Jimmy Roe -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/27/1908 d.8/8/1999 (90)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player

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