Deaths in Sport in 1973

  • Jan 16 Ray Barrett, sportscaster (Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, cricketer (took 3 wickets in 2 Tests for NZ 1956), dies
  • Jan 24 Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • Mar 8 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • Mar 12 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • May 8 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • Jul 2 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • Jul 2 Chick Hafey, baseball player (b. 1903)
  • Jul 2 George McBride, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Jul 8 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • Jul 26 Mike Burke, President (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
  • Jul 29 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Aug 7 Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
  • Aug 9 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08), dies at 88
  • Aug 12 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • Aug 31 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (b. 1889)

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Oct 2 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi, who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies
  • Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
  • Nov 19 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (6 Tests for NZ, 113 runs & 6 wickets), dies
  • Dec 16 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies