Deaths in Sport in 1955

  • Jan 7 Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • Jan 21 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • 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 G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • 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 and 1st woman to win an Olympic event (1900), dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • Jul 9 Don Beauman, British racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • Oct 21 Roy Minnett, cricketer (Australian all-rounder prior to WWI), dies
  • Oct 27 Clark Griffith, baseball player/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