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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name August 21

Last Updated 10-06-2019

🎵🎸James Burton -- is 80 in the year 2019 and 81 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1939
Hall of Famer, Country Guitarist, Rock & Roll Guitarist
Group Names: Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Rick Nelson (backup band), sought-after sessionist

🏆🏈Archie Griffin -- is 65 in the year 2019 and 66 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1954
Hall of Famer, NFL Runningback, College Football Player, USFL Figure
Misc: only college player to win two Heisman Trophies (1974-75); rushed for 5,177 yards in career at Ohio St.; Super Bowl XVI
Sports Teams: Ohio State, Cincinnatti Bengals (1976-1982), Jacksonville Bulls (USFL 1985)

🎵🎸Glenn Hughes -- is 67 in the year 2019 and 68 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1952
Hall of Famer, Singer, Rock & Roll Bassist, English
Names/Places: Not to be confused with Glenn Hughes of the Village People
Group Names: Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple

🏆🏈Willie Lanier -- is 74 in the year 2019 and 75 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1945
Hall of Famer, NFL Linebacker
Misc: 2x AFL All-Star game (1968, 1969), 6x Pro Bowl selection (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975), 2x All-AFL selection (1968, 1969), 8x All-Pro selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975), Super Bowl IV; Chiefs #63 retired
Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (AFL, 1967-1969, NFL 1970-1977)

🏆🏈Jim McMahon -- is 60 in the year 2019 and 61 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1959
Hall of Famer, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player
Misc: Super Bowl XX, 2x Holiday Bowl MVP, 2x All-American; BYU Cougars #9 retired; in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Brigham Young University, Chicago Bears (1982-1988), San Diego Chargers (1989), Philadelphia Eagles (1990-1992), Minnesota Vikings (1993), Arizona Cardinals (1994), Green Bay Packers (1995-1996)

🎵Harold W. Reid -- is 80 in the year 2019 and 81 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1939
Hall of Famer, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Augusta County, VA
Group Names: The Statler Brothers

⛪🎭🎵Kenny Rogers -- is 81 in the year 2019 and 82 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1938
Hall of Famer, Protestant, Actor, Variety Show Host, Music Producer, Songwriter, Bassist, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Houston, TX; RN:Kenneth Ray Donald Rogers
Group Names: The New Christy Minstrels, First Edition (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Lucille, She Believes in Me, You Decorated My Life, Lady, The Gambler, Coward of the Country, Islands in the Stream (duet with Dolly Parton), Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer (with Kim Carnes), Love the World Away, I Don't Need You, We've Got Tonight (with Sheena Easton)
Album Titles: Kenny Rogers, Daytime Friends, Love or Something Like It, The Gambler, Kenny, Gideon, Share Your Love, Love Will Turn You Around, We've Got Tonight, Eyes That See in the Dark
TV Shows: Rollin' on the River (host)
Movie Titles: Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (TV movie series), The Coward of the County (TV movie), Six Pack, MacShayne (TV movie series)

🎵🎸Steve (Musician) Smith -- is 65 in the year 2019 and 66 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1954
Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Journey

🏆🎳Peter Weber -- is 57 in the year 2019 and 58 in the year 2020; b.8/21/1962
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Names/Places: Dick's son
Misc: PBA all-time money winner

🎵🎷William Allen "Count" Basie -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1904 N.S. d.4/26/1984 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Arranger, Composer, Organist, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Red Bank, NJ; d. in Hollywood, Florida

🏆🏒Hector "Toe" Blake -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1912 N.S. d.5/17/1995 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, NHL Left Wing, Canadian
Misc: played 1934-1948; his eight Stanley Cup championships in 13 seasons as coach of the Montreal Canadiens is a National Hockey League record; led Montreal to 2 Stanley Cups as a player and 8 more as coach; regular season MVP in 1939.
Sports Teams: Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons

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

🏆⚾John Francis "Jack" Buck -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1924 N.S. d.6/18/2002 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Sportscaster, Baseball Announcer
Misc: Ford C. Frick Award winner in 1987; in numerous Halls of Fame such as the National Baseball, Pro Football, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the National Radio Halls of Fame.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (broadcaster)
TV Shows: CBS Sports

⛪🎭🏆🏀Wilton Norman "Wilt The Stilt" Chamberlain -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1936 N.S. d.10/12/1999 N.S. (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)

🏆⚽Jimmy Dunn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1897 d.3/6/1987 (89)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Forward

🏆🥊Judy Grable -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1935 N.S. d.5/11/2008 N.S. (72)
Hall of Famer, Wrestler
Names/Places: NN:The Barefoot Contessa; RN:Nellya Baughman

⚖🏆🥊John Gully -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1783 d.3/9/1863 (79)
Hall of Famer, Politician, Boxer, English

🏆🏀Emil Liston -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1890 d.10/26/1949 (59)
Hall of Famer, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: Wesleyan University, Baker University

🏆🎳Chris Schenkel -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1923 d.9/11/2005 (82)
Hall of Famer, Sportscaster, Bowler
Misc: Monday Night Fights 50s, 4-time Sportscaster of the Year; easy-going baritone who has covered basketball, bowling, football, golf and the Olympics for ABC and CBS; host of ABC's Pro Bowlers Tour for 33 years; received lifetime achievement Emmy Award in 1993
TV Shows: Monday Night Fights (1950s), Pro Bowler's Tour

🎨Marie Severin -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1929 N.S. d.8/29/2018 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: known for her work at Marvel Comics and the 1950's EC Comics; in the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame

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🎵🎸Joe Strummer -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/21/1952 d.12/22/2002 (50)
Hall of Famer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Punk Rock Singer, British, Turkey
Names/Places: RN:John Mellor
Misc: some say b. Aug 21 1953 or Jan 25, 1955
Group Names: The Clash

💰🏆🏁Ettore Bugatti -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/15/1881 d.8/21/1947 (65)
Hall of Famer, Manufacturer, Auto Racer, French, Italian
Misc: Founder of Bugatti; in the Motorsports Hall of Fame though not a racer

🏆🎾Reginald Doherty -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/8/1875 d.8/21/1919 (43)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

🏆🏁🏊Harold Fern -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/20/1881 N.S. d.8/21/1974 N.S. (93)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, British
Misc: was the British president of swimming's world governing body, FINA from 1936 through 1948.

🏆🏒Alfred Edward "Alf" Smith -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/3/1873 N.S. d.8/21/1953 N.S. (80)
Hall of Famer, NHL Right Wing, NHL Forward, Canadian
Sports Teams: Ottawa Hockey Club

🏆🏒Nels Stewart -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/29/1902 d.8/21/1957 (54)
Hall of Famer, NHL Center, Canadian
Names/Places: RN:Robert Nelson Stewart; NN:Old Poison
Misc: played 1925-1940, the first pro to score 300 goals
Sports Teams: Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, New York Americans

🏆⚾James Leslie Wilkerson -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/14/1878 d.8/21/1964 (86)
Hall of Famer, Baseball Figure
Misc: was an American sports executive who founded the barnstorming All Nations baseball club in 1912, and the Negro league baseball team Kansas City Monarchs in 1920.
Sports Teams: All Nations (1912-1917), Kansas City Monarchs (1920-1948)

🏆⚾George Wright -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/28/1847 d.8/21/1937 (90)
Hall of Famer, MLB Shortstop
Misc: first National League batter
Sports Teams: Cincinnati Red Stockings (1869-1870), Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875), Boston Red Caps (1876-1878, 1880-1881), Providence Grays (1879, 1882), Providence Grays (manager, 1879)

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