On This Day

Deaths in Sport in December 1944

  • Dec 2 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), dies in battle when his ship torpedoed, at 27
  • Dec 4 Roger Bresnahan, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder and manager (St. Louis Cardinals; first shin guards and batting helmet), dies at 65
  • Dec 16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline