On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1975

  • Jan 1 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • Feb 4 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), dies at 64
  • Mar 21 Joe Medwick, American baseball player, dies at 63
  • Mar 22 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • May 8 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 22 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

May 27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jun 5 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • Jun 17 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, dies at 57

  • Jun 28 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • Jul 6 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 12 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Sep 12 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85
  • Oct 1 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball coach and administrator (created fan-shaped backboard; moulded basketball, rules films), dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Nov 5 Annette Kellerman, swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 87
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • Dec 1 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75