On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1954

  • Jan 3 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame) and coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), dies of arteriosclerosis and anorexia at 62
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies at 71
  • Mar 14 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Apr 2 Maud Barger-Wallach, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1908), dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Pudge Heffelfinger, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (3 x All American, Yale; first professional player 1892) and coach (Cal, Lehigh, Minnesota), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • May 10 George Hirst, English cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies at 82
  • May 22 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • May 23 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 26 Lionel Conacher "The Big Train", Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), dies at 75
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), dies at 86
  • Sep 30 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Oct 20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 63