On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1940

  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 11 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), dies of war wounds at 29
  • Mar 2 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
  • Mar 15 Alfred Marr, Australian cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies at 77
  • Mar 26 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and English rugby union winger (4 caps; Leicester Tigers RUFC, Oxford Uni RFC), dies in an aircraft training accident for RAF at 24
  • May 20 Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 28 wickets; India's first half-century in Test cricket), dies of pneumonia at 29
  • Jun 22 M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • Jul 3 George Shepstone, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal), dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, Australian cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies at 70
  • Aug 3 Willard Hershberger, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30

Henri Desgrange

Aug 16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

Walter Chrysler

Aug 18 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, dies at 65

  • Aug 21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • Nov 21 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • Dec 6 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • Dec 13 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • Dec 13 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • Dec 16 Billy Hamilton, American Baseball HOF outfielder (NL batting champion 1891, 93; 5 × NL stolen base leader; KC Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74