On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1955

  • Jan 7 Gerald Hartigan, South African cricketer (batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • Apr 18 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • May 11 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50

Alberto Ascari

May 26 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36

  • May 31 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36
  • Jun 10 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 54
  • Oct 21 Roy Minnett, Australian cricketer (all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • Oct 27 Clark Griffith, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB ERA leader 1898 Chicago Colts/Orphans) and manager (Chicago WS, NY Highlanders, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Sens [owner]), dies at 85

Cy Young

Nov 4 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cleveland Spiders, Boston Americans; most wins in MLB history 511), dies of a heart attack at 88

  • Nov 12 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)

Honus Wagner

Dec 6 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8 x NL batting champion; 5 × NL RBI / stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 81

  • Dec 23 Len Braund, English cricket all-rounder (23 Tests, 3 x 100, 47 wickets; Surrey CCC, Somerset CCC), dies at 80