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, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries 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, dies at 25
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • Aug 8 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60

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 5 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • Sep 6 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies

Person of interestCy Denneny

Sep 10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), 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 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22

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