On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1949

  • Jan 1 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Jan 9 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • Jan 22 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer who threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football in 1906, dies from complications following routine surgery at 65
  • Mar 10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • Mar 29 Helen Homans, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1906), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), dies at 40
  • Apr 6 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC President during WWII), dies
  • Apr 19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • May 6 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49
  • Jun 25 Buck Freeman, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1903; HR leader 1899, 1903; AL RBI leader 1902, 03; Boston Americans), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Walter Giffen, cricketer (brother of George, 3 Tests), dies
  • Jul 14 Frank Hearne, cricketer (2 Tests for England, 4 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Aug 30 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies at 72
  • Sep 1 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), dies at 71
  • Oct 2 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), dies at 67
  • Oct 27 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 1 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper and soccer goalkeeper (1 Test; 3 caps), dies at 78
  • Dec 28 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39