1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 131

  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 3 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10
  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 In a high profile NHL trade, the Montreal Canadiens obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 24 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak

  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

Sport awardGolf Major

Feb 28 PGA Championship, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 13 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 10th Australian singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American defending champion Arthur Ashe 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; first man to win an Open era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title

  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 2 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • Jun 3 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)
  • Jun 4 Oakland A's beat Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • Jun 4 Zaheer Abbas scores 274 for Pakistan vs England at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • Jun 5 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong wins her first career Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay 6-3, 7-5
  • Jun 6 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 70th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Ilie Năstase (8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 8 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 LPGA Championship, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 4 strokes from Kathy Ahern

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen
  • Jun 21 US Open Golf, Merion GC: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd Open in a playoff with Jack Nicklaus
  • Jun 21 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • Jun 23 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Kahwa GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 7 strokes from Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 28 Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs and no-hits Reds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Court 6-4, 6-1 for the first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe of Australia beats American Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his third and final Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum
  • Jul 10 100th British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale: Lee Trevino wins the first of his consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan
  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 13 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jul 18 58th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • Jul 31 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
  • Aug 1 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings
  • Aug 9 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 The Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10 - 7 win v Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 989

  • Jan 1 Beno Bryant, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 1 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • Jan 2 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jan 2 Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 2 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 2 Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 2 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jan 3 Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 4 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 4 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 4 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia
  • Jan 4 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • Jan 4 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • Jan 5 Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 5 Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 5 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Jan 6 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions), born in Arnold, Missouri
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • Jan 8 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • Jan 8 Branislav Janos, Slovak ice hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Trenčín, Slovakia
  • Jan 8 Darren Langdon, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Deer Lake, Canada
  • Jan 8 Jason Giambi, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Jan 8 Stephane Barin, French ice hockey forward (Team France 1998), born in Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Jan 9 Bill Schroeder, American NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in London, Canada
  • Jan 10 Sergi Bruguera, Italian tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 11 Karmeeleyah McGill, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 12 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • Jan 12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 12 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Jan 13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer, born in Arta, Greece
  • Jan 15 LeShon Johnson, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Haskell, Oklahoma
  • Jan 16 Jukka-Pekka Nummi, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, Orange California, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 18 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • Jan 19 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Reggie Brooks, American NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball player
  • Jan 21 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jan 21 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • Jan 22 Bucky Brooks, American football wide receiver & sportswriter (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jan 22 Stan Collymore, English football player, born in Stone, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Adam Parore, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 23 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 23 Kevin Mawae, American football center (Seattle Seahawks), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 24 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, NFL guard/center (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 24 John Reece, WLAF/NFL cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Herman Smith, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs)
  • Jan 25 Jordan Young, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Purdue), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Jan 25 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 25 Kevin Williams, receiver/kick returner (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israel, Men's high jump (Olympic 7th-1996)
  • Jan 25 Tommie Jones, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Vincent Brisby, NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Jan 25 Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
  • Jan 26 Jon Heidenreich, WLAF G (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 26 Lamar Mills, WLAF DE (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 26 Lee Naylor, Australian 400m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 26 Min Tang, Hunan China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Canberra AUS)
  • Jan 27 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 27 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Chris Vargas, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 29 Jamal Fountaine, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 30 Brent Moss, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 30 Chris Slade, NFL outside linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Jan 30 Derek Allen, NFL/WLAF offensive linebacker (NY Giants, Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 30 Kevin Knox, WLAF receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 30 Kimo Von Oelhoffen, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 1 Jim Christy, South African righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies at 75
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 12 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • May 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • Jun 17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • Jun 24 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies
  • Jul 1 Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 85
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Jul 28 Myril Hoag, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Aug 1 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911-12), dies of mental illness at 79
  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, cricketer (Yorks opener, 7 Tests for Eng 1921-32), dies
  • Sep 5 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 63
  • Sep 5 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • Oct 21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Nov 3 Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Olympic bronze 1948), dies in accident at 48
  • Nov 5 Sam Jones, American baseball player, dies at 45
  • Nov 14 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 19 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Nov 23 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • Nov 27 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)

Person of interestBobby Jones

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones