On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1965

  • Jan 8 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • Jan 11 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car
  • Mar 5 John "Pepper" Martin, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36; St. Louis Cardinals), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Mar 6 Jules Goux, French auto racer (first European to win Indianapolis 500 1913), dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Marion Jones, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1899, 1902), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Almos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • Apr 8 Jack Durston, English cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), dies at 36
  • May 8 Wally Hardinge, English cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies at 79
  • May 23 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), dies at 67

Curly Lambeau

Jun 1 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), dies of a heart attack at 67

  • Jul 1 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 5 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican race car driver, diplomat and international playboy, dies when he crashes his Ferrari into a tree at 56
  • Jul 7 Bill Hitch, England cricket fast-bowler (7 Tests 1911-21), dies
  • Jul 30 Alan Washbond, American 2-man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 65
  • Aug 10 Rayford Robinson, cricketer (Test Aust v England 1937), dies
  • Aug 11 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (35 Tests for Australia), dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), dies at 86
  • Aug 25 Moonlight Graham, American baseball player
  • Aug 27 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (South Africa 1938-39), dies at 56
  • Aug 29 Paul Waner, American Baseball HOF right fielder (NL MVP 1927; NL batting champion 1927, 34, 36; MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 62
  • Sep 14 J. W. Hearne, English cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 30 wickets, 1 x 100; Middlesex), dies at 74
  • Sep 26 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (did next to nothling in Aust), dies at 65
  • Oct 17 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), dies at 91
  • Oct 22 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • Oct 27 Frans Luitjes, Dutch track and field athlete, dies of lymph node inflammation at 21
  • Oct 29 Bill McKechnie, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1940 Cincinnati Reds) and coach (World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
  • Nov 14 George Bissett, South African cricketer (25 wickets in 4 Tests for South Africa), dies at 60
  • Dec 2 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests) dies at 59

Branch Rickey

Dec 9 Branch Rickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Browns, Cardinals) and executive (GM St.Louis Cardinals 4 x World Series), dies of heart failure at 83