Deaths in Sport in 1969

  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • May 1 George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1924), dies
  • May 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Aug 9 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer (b. 1871)
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player (b. 1892)
  • Sep 9 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (won 11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)