On This Day

Deaths in Sport in February 1979

  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide at 48
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 7 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 72
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies