Deaths in Sport in 1970

  • Jan 14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • Jan 28 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 13 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • Feb 23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

May 31 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Jun 2 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • Jun 11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • Jun 17 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • Sep 3 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver, dies at 28

Person of interestVince Lombardi

Sep 3 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), dies at 57

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Sep 6 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies

Person of interestCy Denneny

Sep 10 Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins) dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Sep 19 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies
  • Oct 1 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Nov 21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, cricketer (England pace bowler Test v India 1946), dies
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British athlete (b. 1948)

Person of interestSonny Liston

Dec 30 Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston