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Deaths in Sport in 1955

  • Jan 7 Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • 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

Person of interestTommy Burns

May 10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jul 9 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at
  • Oct 21 Roy Minnett, Australian cricketer (all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • Oct 27 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 85

Person of interestCy Young

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Nov 12 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

Dec 6 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Dec 22 Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies