On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1909

  • Feb 4 John Clarkson, American Baseball HOF pitcher (Triple Crown 1889; no-hitter 1885; 3 × NL wins leader; 3 × NL strikeout leader; Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • May 12 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), dies at 40
  • Jun 28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • Jul 10 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40
  • Nov 14 Joshua Slocum, Canadian-American seaman and adventurer, departs from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, sailing south for the winter, and is lost at sea, at 65