On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1961

  • Jan 2 Bob Catterall, South African cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for South Africa 1922-31), dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50

Alfred Carlton Gilbert

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 9 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • Feb 9 Oscar Egg, Swiss track and road bicycle racer (3 x world hour record), dies at 70
  • Feb 15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), and coach dies in a plane crash at 49
  • Feb 15 Laurence Owen, American figure skater (U.S. and North American champion), dies in a plane crash at 16
  • Feb 15 Maribel Yerxa Owen, American figure skater (U.S. Pairs champion, 1961), dies in a plane crash at 20
  • Feb 15 Dudley Richards, American figure skater (U.S. Pairs champion, 1961), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Feb 16 Dazzy Vance, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 x NL strike-out leader; World Series 1934 St Louis Cardinals; NL MVP & Triple Crown 1924 Brooklyn Robins), dies at 69
  • Feb 23 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies at 43
  • Feb 27 Platt Adams, American field athlete (Olympic gold standing high jump 1912), dies at 75
  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 A.C. "Jack" Russell, English cricket batsman (10 Tests, 5 x 100s; Essex CCC), dies at 73
  • May 2 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), dies at 70
  • Jun 13 Ben A. Jones, American horse trainer (US Champion trainer by earnings 1941, 43, 44, 52; Kentucky Derby x 6 including Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 78
  • Jun 15 Tommy Scott, West Indian cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Jun 18 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), dies after mugging at 36

Ty Cobb

Jul 17 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), dies of cancer at 74

  • Jul 31 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame 57–17–7), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Tom Connolly, American Baseball HOF umpire (AL-record 8 x World Series), dies at 90
  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 16 Percy Chapman, English cricket batsman (26 Tests, captain 1926-31, 1 x 100; Kent CCC), dies after a fall at 61
  • Oct 2 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), dies at 80
  • Oct 26 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies at 79
  • Nov 18 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95
  • Dec 3 Pat O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1920, 23), dies at 70
  • Dec 15 William "Dummy" Hoy, American baseball outfielder (most accomplished deaf player in MLB history; NL stolen base leader 1888; Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies