On This Day

Deaths in Sport 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, commits suicide
  • Apr 5 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)
  • Jun 13 Arthur Coningham, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies
  • 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 cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), 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 Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • Oct 21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies

Person of interestJames Naismith

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

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Dec 15 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies at 69