On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 21

  • 1935 John Hartley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1879-80), dies at 86
  • 1937 George Wright, American Baseball HOF shortstop (NA pennant 1872-75 Boston Red Stockings; NL pennant 1877-78 Boston Red Caps, 1879 Providence Grays), dies at 90
  • 1940 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • 1957 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1963 John Gunn, English cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 18 wickets, BB 5/76; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 87
  • 1976 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • 1978 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies at 61
  • 1979 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • 1980 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60
  • 1994 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), dies at 78
  • 1995 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (104 runs at 34 66 for WI 1948-52), dies at 71
  • 1995 Len Martin, sports broadcaster, dies at 76
  • 1995 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, dies at 61
  • 2001 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • 2005 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), dies at 80
  • 2015 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), dies at 91
  • 2018 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies from dementia at 78
  • 2020 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), dies at 91
  • 2020 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), dies at 69
  • 2021 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), dies from cancer at 73