On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1971

  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Jim Christy, South African cricketer (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Australian cricket wrist-spin bowler (10 Tests), dies from cancer at 62
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicket-keeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • May 4 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer, dies at 36
  • May 12 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies at 75
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 12 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67

  • May 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • Jun 17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • Jun 24 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies
  • Jul 1 Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 85
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Jul 28 Myril Hoag, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Aug 1 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911-12), dies of mental illness at 79
  • Aug 19 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, cricketer (Yorks opener, 7 Tests for Eng 1921-32), dies
  • Sep 5 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 63
  • Sep 5 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • Oct 21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Nov 3 Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Olympic bronze 1948), dies in accident at 48
  • Nov 5 Sam Jones, American baseball player, dies at 45
  • Nov 14 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 19 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Nov 23 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • Nov 27 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, dies at 42

Person of interestBobby Jones

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), dies of syringomyelia at 69

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