On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 12

  • 1954 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • 1962 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1971 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1977 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1980 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • 1980 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

Person of interestJoe Louis

1981 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1983 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 1987 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1989 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 2008 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • 2013 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • 2013 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), dies at 95
  • 2014 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • 2014 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • 2014 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • 2019 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies of Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 2020 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), dies at 90
  • 2020 Peter Bonetti, English soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; World Cup 1966; Chelsea 600 games), dies at 78
  • 2020 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), dies at 79
  • 2020 Francisco Aritmendi, Spanish athlete (International Cross Country Championships 1964), dies of COVID-19 at 81
  • 2020 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • 2020 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • 2020 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), dies at 86