On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1956

  • Jan 21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • Feb 3 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • Feb 5 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

Person of interestConnie Mack

Feb 8 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Mar 31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA National Dirt Track C'ship 1908-11), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • May 18 Maurice Tate, English cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies at 60
  • May 26 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • Jun 17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • Jul 10 Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 16 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon 1921 runner-up), dies at 56
  • Jul 20 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • Jul 27 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies at 73
  • Aug 5 AndrĂ© Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, dies at 27
  • Aug 13 Harry Donnan, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1891-96), dies
  • Sep 7 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, dies at 84
  • Sep 16 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45
  • Oct 1 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), dies in track cycling accident at 36
  • Nov 1 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), dies at 67