On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1945

  • Feb 2 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US National C'ship 1943), dies in fighter plane crash during training at 25
  • Feb 13 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), dies at 85
  • Feb 21 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
  • Mar 18 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • Mar 24 (Jevon) "Jeff" Nicklin, Canadian CFL football player,1934-40 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), and Army paratrooper officer killed in action at 30
  • Mar 29 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), dies of war wounds at 31
  • Jul 20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • Aug 9 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), dies of a heart attack at 57 while being ferrying him out to his flagship USS Wyoming off the coast of Maine
  • Sep 5 Clem Hill, Australian cricket batsman and captain (49 Tests, 7 x 100, HS 191; South Australia CA), dies in a traffic accident at 68
  • Oct 18 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), dies at 77
  • Nov 7 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • Nov 21 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), dies at 67
  • Nov 28 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • Dec 20 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies