On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died 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 HOF 3rd baseman (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (Pittsburgh Pirates 1934–39), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricket fast bowler (10 Tests, 37 wickets; Barbados), dies at 62

Gil Hodges

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, American Baseball HOF 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

  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)

Sherwin Badger

Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American figure skater (US singles championship 1920-24; Olympic silver pairs [with Beatrix Loughran] 1932), dies at 70

  • Apr 19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Phil King, American football running back, 1956-63 (NY Giants), accidentally shoots himself at 36
  • 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 Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60, 7 x World Series; NY Mets President 1961-66), dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), 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
  • Oct 17 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies

Jackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, American Baseball HOF second baseman (1st African-American MLB player Brooklyn Dodgers; 6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955; NL MVP 1949), dies from a heart attack at 53

  • Oct 25 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), dies in a car accident at 54
  • 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 cricket batsman (7 Tests, 241 runs, 1 x 100), 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

Roberto Clemente

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies in a plane crash at 38