On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 12

  • 1900 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian world chess champion (1866-94), dies at 64
  • 1904 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), dies of epileptic convulsions at 43
  • 1941 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • 1959 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • 1970 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68
  • 1973 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • 1982 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • 1983 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • 1983 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • 1985 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • 1989 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2002 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2020 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • 2020 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • 2020 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • 2020 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 2020 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89