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 A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • 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, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (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 football team owner (b. 1912)
  • May 12 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • 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
  • 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 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, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 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
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)

Person of interestBobby Jones

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

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