On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1968

  • Jan 1 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Dartmouth College; National C'ship 1954), dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (US Amateur 1939, 41), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, Canadian American NHL player, first to be fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies at 29
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American auto racer (inaugural Indianapolis 500 1911; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), dies at 89
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1912, 20; 4x200m freestyle relay 1920), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, Indian cricketer (Test for India), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Feb 29 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago White Sox; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, World F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73

Craig Wood

May 7 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 28 Corbett Davis, American NFL football fullback, 1938-42 (Cleveland Rams), dies of a ruptured spleen in a boating accident at 53

R. Norris Williams

Jun 2 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, dies of emphysema at 77

  • Jun 15 Sam Crawford, American Baseball HOF outfielder (MLB HR leader 1901, 08; AL RBI leader 1910, 14, 15; MLB record 309 career triples; Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), dies at 88
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan soccer defender (41 caps; captain FIFA World Cup 1930; CA Bella Vista 322 games), dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 John Indrisano, American welterweight boxer, stunt man, and bit-part actor (O.K.. Crackerby!), dies of apparent suicide at 61
  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)

Earl Sande

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 24 (Edmond) "Doc" Souchon, American jazz guitarist, music journal writer and editor, and New Orleans jazz historical preservationist, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58
  • Sep 11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Nov 9 Wally Grout, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (51 Tests, 187 dismissals, 3 x 50s), dies from a heart attack at 41
  • Dec 12 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • Dec 15 Jess Willard, American boxer (World heavyweight champion 1915-19), dies from heart failure at 86
  • Dec 18 Sir John Layton Jarvis, English thoroughbred race horse trainer (9 x British Classic Races; 3 x British flat racing Champion Trainer), dies at 80
  • Dec 31 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85