Deaths in Sport in 1973

  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • Jan 25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies at 83
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • Mar 8 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • Mar 12 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • May 8 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64

  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • Jul 2 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • Jul 4 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • Jul 8 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • Jul 8 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Mike Burke, President (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
  • Jul 29 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Aug 7 Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
  • Aug 9 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • Aug 12 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • Aug 31 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (b. 1889)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Oct 2 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • Nov 19 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (6 Tests for NZ, 113 runs & 6 wickets), dies
  • Dec 16 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • Dec 22 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies at 85