Sports Stars Who Died in 1941

  • Jan 6 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 65
  • Jan 11 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • Jan 24 Tommy Bond, Irish baseball pitcher and right fielder (Triple Crown 1877; Boston Red Caps; first man born in Ireland to play MLB), dies at 84
  • Feb 19 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket wicket-keeper (v Aus 1879), dies at 86
  • Apr 22 (Arthur) "Dooley" Briscoe MC, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal) and soldier (Military Cross, 1941), dies in action in Ethiopia at 30

Lou GehrigLou Gehrig (1903-1941)

Jun 2 American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disorder now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease at 37

  • Jun 6 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss auto racer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 30 Mickey Welch, American Baseball HOF pitcher (third to 300 career wins; Troy Trojans, New York Giants), dies from complications of gangrene of the foot at 82
  • Aug 12 Bobby Peel, English cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 3 x 50, 101 wickets, BB 7/31; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 84
  • Aug 23 Jack O'Connor, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 13 wickets, BB 5/40; NSW CA, SA CA), dies at 65
  • Sep 1 Benjamin Dwight, American tennis championship umpire, dies
  • Oct 20 Ken Farnes English cricketer (15 Tests for England), dies in a plane crash during WWII at 30
  • Oct 29 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Nov 12 Ernie Koob, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1917; St. Louis Browns), dies from a lung ailment at 49
  • Dec 1 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), dies at 51