Deaths in Sport in 1953

  • Jan 24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Mar 3 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Person of interestJim Thorpe

Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Apr 11 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Aug 22 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver, dies at 26
  • Sep 22 William Brann, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 54
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)