One of the country's most accomplished athletes, the iconic center-forward was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history during the 2012 London Games.
The title clinch remains India's only World Cup win till date. It was also the first major victory for Indian hockey in those days after a long gap.
'There's nothing like victory,' 70 years later, Balbir Singh Senior remembers independent India's first Olympic gold
" As our tri-colour slowly went up. I looked at the flag, and I felt that with it, I was also rising from the ground," recalls Balbir Singh Senior.
Goal-scoring machine par excellence, Balbir Singh Senior's legacy is secure in pantheon of India's hockey greats
History will look at Balbir generously, as an Indian hockey star revered and venerated almost as much as Dhyan Chand. Both won three Olympic golds. Both set extremely high standards.
Balbir Singh Senior's death evoked emotional tributes from Pakistan's hockey community, which described the legendary centre-forward's demise as a big loss to the sport in general and the sub-continent in particular.
If anyone qualifies to be called a legend in Indian hockey after Dhyan Chand, it's Balbir Singh Senior, said iconic Milkha Singh condoling the death of his 'great friend'.
Football legend Tulsidas Balaram reminisces Balbir Singh Sr’s heroic effort of playing 1956 Olympics final with injured finger
He did not score in India's Olympic gold-grabbing win over Pakistan in the 1956 Games final but hockey skipper Balbir Singh Senior had come out playing that match with a fractured finger, recalled footballer Tulsidas Balaram.
Balbir Singh Sr will be remembered not only as an outstanding player, but one greatly dedicated to our sport, says FIH
The FIH paid glowing tributes to legendary Balbir Singh Sr, who passed away on Monday, describing the three-time Olympic gold winner as an outstanding player who dedicated his life to the sport.
Asian Hockey Federation condoles Balbir Singh Senior's demise, describe loss as sad moment for 'global hockey and sport fraternity'
The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on Monday condoled the sad demise of the legendary Balbir Singh Sr, saying the three-time Olympic gold medallist will always be remembered for his devotion and contribution to the sport.
Balbir Singh Senior (1923-2020): Genial legend who wore his greatness lightly, remembering the man I knew a little
Balbir Singh Senior easily transcended that interviewee-interviewer divide. In a world where unabashed howling qualifies as confidence, Balbir taught us that quiet confidence resides in quiet simplicity.
Balbir Singh had suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning as well and has been on ventilator support since then.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Bishan Bedi call for Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. to be conferred with Bharat Ratna
Bishan Singh Bedi tweeted to PM Modi, saying that conferring the Bharat Ratna on Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. would be his greatest contribution to Indian sports
Yogeshwar Dutt says Indian coaches 'still live in the past', essential to have foreign coaches in wrestling
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said, "Indian coaches still live in the past and continue to train with the old systems. Therefore it is essential to have foreign coaches in wrestling because one has to keep changing the game."
Balbir Singh Senior Interview: India's hockey legend remembers his Olympic exploits, World Cup triumph and more
India's oldest hockey player, now 94, Balbir Singh Senior won three Olympic gold medals and is widely regarded as one of the best centre-forwards to have played the sport. He opens up to Firstpost about his life and times.