Sports Stars Who Died in 1963

Rogers Hornsby

Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66

  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, Australian journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies at 70
  • 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 Arthur Carr, English cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests, 1 x 50; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 69
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • Feb 27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • Feb 28 Eppa Rixey Jr., American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1922; 266 career wins; Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 71
  • 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 NFL football defensive lineman, 1953-62 (Baltimore Colts, and two other teams), and professional wrestler, dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • 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 10 Anita King, American stunt driver (1st woman to drive across the US unaccompanied) and actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jun 10 Jack Root, Czech-American boxer (First world light heavyweight champion 1903), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Jun 28 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball HOF third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia A's), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster (BBC) and rugby union player (captain Harlequin RFC), dies at 70
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, Australian cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies at 78
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, English cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 18 wickets, BB 5/76; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 87
  • Sep 12 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), 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 15 Linus McAtee, American Hall of Fame jockey (Preakness Stakes 1916; Kentucky Derby 1927, 29; US Champion Jockey by earnings 1928), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies

Jack Hobbs

Dec 21 Sir Jack Hobbs, English Cricket Batsman (61 Tests, 5,410 runs @ 56.94, 15 x 100s; leading 1st-class run-scorer [61,760] and century-maker [199]; Surry), dies at 81

  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies