Deaths in Sport in 1961

  • Jan 2 Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for South Africa 1922-31), dies

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Jan 24 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • Jan 26 Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies
  • Feb 15 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic silver 1932), dies
  • Feb 15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • Feb 23 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
  • Feb 27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic gold 1912), dies
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • May 2 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • Jun 13 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Jun 16 O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies

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Jul 17 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

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  • Aug 28 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • Oct 2 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies
  • Oct 26 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • Dec 15 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies