Deaths in Sport in 1968

  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer (Olympics-3 gold/2 silver-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish F1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • Jul 1 Dick Young, cricketer (England wicketkeeper v Aust 1907-08), dies
  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, cricketer (39 Tests for Australia 1930-38), dies
  • Sep 12 Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer (b. 1894)
  • Oct 16 Ellis Kinder, baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Nov 9 Wally Grout, cricketer (successful Australian WK before Marsh), dies
  • Dec 12 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • Dec 15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86