On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1963

  • Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman ( NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns, Chicago Cubs) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78
  • Jan 30 Sir Pelham Warner, English cricket batsman, tour manager and administrator (15 Tests; MCC chairman of selectors), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • Feb 27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • Mar 1 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • Mar 11 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies at 52
  • Mar 13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Mar 22 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), dies of liver failure at 54
  • Mar 25 Davey Moore, American boxer (world featherweight champion 1959-63), dies of injuries sustained in title bout against Sugar Ramos at 29
  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Australia, Otago), dies at 76
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)

  • May 12 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • May 18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • Jun 2 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • Jun 28 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies at 87
  • Sep 12 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • Sep 22 Fred Le Roux, cricketer (South African all-rounder in only Test), dies
  • Sep 27 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, dies at 80
  • Oct 2 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 3 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55
  • Nov 22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies
  • Dec 21 Jack Hobbs, English cricketer known as "The Master" and the leading run-scorer (61,760 runs) and century-maker in first-class cricket (199 centuries), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies