On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1950

  • Jan 8 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • Jan 18 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Mar 15 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), dies at 78
  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, English cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 15 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 57
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests; Southern Punjab; Muslims), dies from appendicitis at 46
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • Jul 4 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), dies at 72
  • Jul 6 Harold Weekes, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Columbia University; All American 1901), dies at 70
  • Sep 11 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • Sep 23 Sam Barry, American collegiate basketball, football, and baseball coach, 1918-50 (University of Southern California, 1929-50), dies of a heart attack at 57

George Hainsworth

Oct 9 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), dies in a car accident at 55

  • Nov 4 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1926 Chicago Cubs; Triple Crown 1915, 16, 20; 6 × NL wins & strikeout leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 63

James Braid

Nov 27 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80