On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died 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, 1966-74, 2X no-hitters (Houston Astros), dies in his garage of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), 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 HOF left fielder (World Series 1934, Triple Crown & NL MVP 1937 St. Louis Cardinals; 10 x MLB All Star), 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, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 22 Robert "Lefty" Grove, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1931; Triple Crown 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's, Boston Red Sox), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jun 5 Paul Keres, Estonian and Soviet chess player, dies at 59
  • 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, Greek-American wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), dies from injuries suffered in a crash during a practice run in Graz, Austria at 38
  • 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 23 René Thomas, French auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1914), dies at 89

Casey Stengel

Sep 29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), 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 6 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87

Graham Hill

Nov 29 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), dies while trying to land a plane in the fog near London at 46

  • 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 Ranganandhan Francis, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56), dies at 55
  • 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