Deaths in Sport in 1969

  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • May 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person of interestJoe Malone

May 15 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (3 golds 1936 Winter Olympics), dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st woman Grand Slam 1953), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • Jun 23 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, dies of a heart attack at 67

  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Aug 9 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Person of interestRocky Marciano

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer, dies at 98
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies

Person of interestWalter Hagen

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), dies of throat cancer at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)