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Deaths in Sport in 1972

  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70
  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • Mar 11 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 16 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies at 62

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • Apr 19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • May 10 Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ships singles & doubles 1921), dies at 76
  • May 17 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), dies at 87
  • May 29 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • Jun 25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, West Indian cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • Jul 31 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58
  • Oct 17 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Nov 10 Charlie Hallows, English cricketer who scored 1000 runs in a single month in May 1928, dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85
  • Dec 11 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67
  • Dec 20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente