On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 20

  • 1908 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • 1918 Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies
  • 1925 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887; first exponent of topspin), dies at 73
  • 1964 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player, dies at 64
  • 1977 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • 1977 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), dies at 72
  • 1982 Andy Sandham, English cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies at 91
  • 1992 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 69
  • 1995 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • 2003 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2013 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2014 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2015 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • 2020 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), dies at 77