Sports Stars Who Died in 1942

  • Jan 7 Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgian aristocrat (3rd President International Olympic Committee 1925-42), dies at 63
  • Jan 12 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • Jan 15 Mel Sheppard, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1,500m, medley relay 1908; 4x400 metre relay 1912), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • Feb 7 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56
  • Mar 26 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), dies at 72
  • May 9 Graham McNamee, American sportscaster (originated play-by-play sports broadcasting; Baseball HOF Ford C. Frick Award; 1st Rose Bowl), dies at 53
  • Jun 10 Ross Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1937), killed in action at 26
  • Jul 15 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 23 Andrew Ducat, English cricketer (England 1921) and footballer, dies whilst batting at Lords Cricket Ground at 56
  • Oct 24 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (1 Test England 1921, 1 run, 1 catch), dies
  • Oct 25 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65

'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien

Nov 12 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), dies at 64

  • Nov 27 Arthur Langton, South African cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 40 wickets), dies in a military air crash at 30
  • Dec 6 Amos Rusie, American Baseball HOF pitcher (Triple Crown & NL wins leader 1894; 5 × NL strikeout leader; pitched no-hitter 1891; NY Giants), dies at 71
  • Dec 20 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
  • Dec 27 William Morgan, American physical education instructor and inventor of "mintonette" (now known as volleyball), dies at 72
  • Dec 28 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73