Deaths in Sport in 1980

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic gold 28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 28 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies

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Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

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  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 20 Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies
  • Jun 1 Rube Marquard, American baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • Jun 10 Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies
  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, NHL coach 1927-1931 (b. 1895)
  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 26 Rachael Roberts, actress (This Sporting Life), dies at age 53
  • Dec 4 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 5 Don Taylor, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ 1947-56, 159 runs), dies
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies