On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1959

  • Jan 10 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), dies at 55
  • Jan 17 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29
  • Jan 22 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), dies from congestive heart failure at 82
  • Feb 1 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, West Indian cricket batsman (3 Tests, 2 x 50; British Guiana), dies at 49
  • Feb 7 Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Naps), dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American auto racer (Daytona Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner 1951, 52; AAA National Stock Car champion 1952, 54), dies in speed record attempt at 37
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Mar 1 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • May 16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • May 26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), dies at 78
  • May 28 Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Jun 26 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • Jul 11 Charlie Parker, English cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever; legend Gloucs SLA, but 2-32 in only Test), dies at 76
  • Aug 1 Jean Behra, French Formula One driver, dies in a car race at 38
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 28 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death in a cafe at 61
  • Oct 28 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • Nov 15 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

Molla Mallory

Nov 22 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), dies at 75

  • Nov 24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), dies from heart failure at 76
  • Dec 5 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American Baseball HOF first baseman (MLB all-time single game RBI record [12] 1924; World Series 1926, 31; NL MVP & NL HR leader 1928; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 59