On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1958

  • Jan 8 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • Feb 6 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • Feb 6 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • Feb 6 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • Feb 6 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • Feb 6 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • Feb 6 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • Feb 6 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • Feb 6 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • Feb 6 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • Feb 21 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), dies from injuries sustained in Munich air disaster at 21
  • Mar 16 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
  • Mar 19 Vernon Ransford, cricketer (20 Tests for Australia, 1211 runs), dies
  • Mar 26 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), dies at 71

Chuck Klein

Mar 28 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933; MLB All-Star 1933, 34; NL MVP 1932; Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

  • Apr 25 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), dies at 46
  • Apr 26 Joe Small, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies at 65
  • May 3 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • May 19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • May 25 Rolland Beaumont, South African cricket batsman (5 Tests; Transvaal), dies at 74
  • Jun 7 Roger Hartigan, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust in 1908), dies

Clarence DeMar

Jun 11 Clarence DeMar [Mr. DeMarathon], American marathon runner and 7-time winner of the Boston Marathon, dies of cancer at 70

  • Jun 18 Douglas Jardine, English cricketer (22 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 26 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • Jun 29 George Gunn, English cricket batsman (15 Tests, 2 x 100, 7 x 50, HS 122no; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 79
  • Jul 2 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Karl Nunes, cricketer (1st WI Test captain 1928), dies
  • Aug 3 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), dies in race accident at German GP at 26
  • Aug 10 Frank Demaree, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1936, 37; Chicago Cubs, NY Giants), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48
  • Sep 9 Charles Macartney, Australian cricket all-rounder (35 Tests, 2,131 runs @ 41.78, 7 x 100s, 45 wickets), dies at 72
  • Oct 15 Jack Mason, English cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies at 81
  • Nov 17 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), dies of cirrhosis and a staphylococcal infection at 45
  • Nov 18 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • Nov 21 Mel Ott, American Baseball HOF right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), dies of injuries sustained in an auto accident at 49

Tris Speaker

Dec 8 Tris Speaker, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians 1919-26), dies at 70