Deaths in Sport in 1975

  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Feb 4 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • Feb 18 Syed Nazir Ali, cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies
  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies
  • Mar 15 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • Mar 21 Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Mar 22 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • May 8 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 22 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)

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May 27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jun 28 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • Jul 6 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 56) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Sep 29 Casey Stengel, NY Yankee manager (1949-60), dies in Glendale at 85
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • Nov 5 Annette Kellerman, swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 87
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • Dec 3 Hugh Thurlow, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1932), dies
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75