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Deaths in Sport in 1966

  • Jan 5 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (24 Tests, 60 dismissals), dies at 64
  • Jan 10 George Cresswell, cricketer (Took 13 wkts in 3 Tests for NZ), suicide
  • Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • Apr 5 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State 1928-64), dies of stroke at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (5th most 1st class wickets; 8 Tests), dies at 65

Person of interestJim Barnes

May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jun 22 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • Jun 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1950), dies in a domestic car accident at 59
  • Jul 6 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68

  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • Jul 26 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), dies at 66
  • Aug 5 Austin Diamond, Australian cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • Aug 14 Tip Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder and captain (26 Tests, 35 wickets), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • Aug 17 Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), dies in practice accident at 47
  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies
  • Oct 4 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 52

Person of interestCharlotte Cooper

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900; Wimbledon 1895-96, 98, 1901, 08), dies at 96

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Oct 13 Father Marriott, cricketer (one Test for England, 11 wickets), dies
  • Oct 27 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), dies at 78
  • Nov 7 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Nov 10 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), dies at 91
  • Nov 15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 27 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65