On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1939

  • Jan 6 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • Jan 13 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies
  • Jan 19 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 23 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, dies under mysterious circumstances at 35
  • Apr 5 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • May 20 Joe Carr, American Pro Football HOF contributor (NFL President 1921-39), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts,, American auto racer, killed in a 100 mph crash during 1939 Indianapolis 500 at 39
  • Jun 13 Arthur Coningham, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies at 75
  • Jun 17 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • Jul 7 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91
  • Jul 19 Tom Hayward, English cricket batsman (35 Tests, 3 x 100; HS 137; Surrey CCC), dies at 68
  • Jul 26 Billy Murphy, New Zealand boxer (world featherweight champion 1890; first world champion in any class from NZ), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • Aug 24 W H Moule, cricketer (Australia v England 1880)/High Court judge, dies
  • Aug 25 (Charles) "Babe" Siebert, Canadian NHL ice hockey player, 1925-39, 3X All-Star (Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, and 2 other teams), drowns in Lake Huron at 35
  • Oct 21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies

James Naismith

Nov 28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

  • Dec 15 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 17 wickets; NSW CA), dies at 69