On This Day

Deaths in Sport 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, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
  • Mar 26 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • 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, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Aug 3 Willard Hershberger, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide at 30

Person of interestHenri Desgrange

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

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

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

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 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 player (b. 1866)