On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1951

  • Jan 8 Samuel D. Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70

Eddie Collins

Mar 25 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago White Sox), dies of heart problems at 63

  • Mar 29 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), dies at 63
  • Apr 27 Philip Hands, South African cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies at 61

Leo Diegel

May 5 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

  • Jun 6 Lionel Hallam, English cricket batsman and captain (9 Tests, 4 x 50; Hampshire CCC) and politician (Member House of Lords, Lord Temporal 1928–51), dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W. G. Grace), dies
  • Jul 9 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), dies from lung cancer at 56
  • Jul 14 Sammy Jones, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; NSW, Queensland, Auckland), dies at 89
  • Aug 3 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket-keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • Aug 22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • Sep 16 Bill Klem, American Baseball HOF umpire (record 18 x World Series), dies at of a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Willie Quaife, British cricketer who set county records for his age (7 Tests for England, 228 runs), dies at 79
  • Nov 5 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), dies at 62
  • Dec 5 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder, 1908-20 (Chicago White Sox, and two other teams; 1919 World Series "Black Sox" Scandal), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Dec 8 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894 Boston Beaneaters), dies at 86
  • Dec 31 H. Guy Bedwell, American thoroughbred trainer (North American champion in wins x 7; earnings 1918-19; first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton), dies at 76