Deaths in Sport in 1981

  • Jan 17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Feb 15 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • Mar 6 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies

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Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 28 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • May 8 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • May 9 C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
  • May 9 Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • May 30 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, cricketer (698 runs for South Africa at 31 72), dies
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (b. 1900)
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies