On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1976

  • Jan 11 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • Jan 17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • Jan 18 Ad Verhoeven, Dutch soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash at 42 [or 1/17]
  • Jan 30 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, South African cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies at 91
  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • Mar 1 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), dies of Paget's disease of bone at 68
  • Mar 21 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968), dies when shot by actress Claudine Longet at 31
  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Draft Dodger Rag"), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 23 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 66
  • May 8 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), dies from throat cancer at 64
  • May 26 Edgar Moon, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1930), dies at 71
  • May 30 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 86
  • May 30 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jun 11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (MLB All Star 1950; NL MVP 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 59
  • Jun 15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder (MLB All Star 1933-34 Chicago WS; World Series 1929-30 Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago White Sox, 1934-46), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Lou Klein, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies from a stroke at 57
  • Jun 23 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold -long jump,1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), dies at 72
  • Jun 30 Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 20 Tom Lowry, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; first NZ Test captain), President NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association 1951-65, dies at 78
  • Jul 21 Earle Combs, American Baseball HOF center fielder (9 × World Series 1927, 28, 32, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 77
  • Jul 23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (54 Tests, 130 dismissals, 4 x 50; NSW CA), dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (33 Tests, 96 dismissals, 5 x 50s; Central Districts CA), dies from cancer at 29
  • Aug 21 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • Aug 25 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), dies at 77
  • Sep 5 A E R Gilligan, cricketer (11 Tests for England 1922-25), dies
  • Sep 13 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • Sep 25 Red Faber, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1917; AL ERA leader 1921, 22; Chicago White Sox 1914-33), dies from heart disease at 88
  • Nov 8 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), dies in a car accident at 67
  • Nov 11 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), dies at 67
  • Nov 19 Wayne Millner, American NFL Hall of Fame football end, 1936-45 (Boston/Washington Redskins), and US Navy WWII veteran, dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Dec 1 George Earnshaw, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 76
  • Dec 2 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 59
  • Dec 4 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 9 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • Dec 21 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • Dec 25 Arthur Mitchell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, 2 x 50; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22