On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1917

  • Jan 25 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 9 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • Mar 18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • Apr 2 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), dies on active duty in WWI at 26
  • May 3 Norman Callaway, Australian cricket batsman (207 in only FC innings), dies on WWI battlefield at 21
  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), dies when shot down as WWI fighter pilot at 29
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Sep 12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • Oct 22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricket fast bowler and soldier (21 Tests, 49 wickets), dies in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba at 33
  • Nov 8 Colyn Blythe, English cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 fighting during WW I
  • Nov 10 Harry Trott, Australian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 1 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 143, 29 wickets; Victoria CA), dies for cancer at 51
  • Nov 19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • Dec 20 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35