On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1948

  • Jan 30 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies
  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), dies at 59
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Apr 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Jun 8 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70
  • Jul 1 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • Jul 3 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), dies at 44
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 8 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, dies at 52
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, dies at 68
  • Aug 3 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), dies at 78
  • Aug 6 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), dies of pleural pneumonia at 55

Person of interestBabe Ruth

Aug 16 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • Oct 16 Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies at 42
  • Nov 23 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • Dec 9 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 20 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), dies of a stroke at 63