On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 25

  • 1929 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63
  • 1939 (Charles) "Babe" Siebert, Canadian NHL ice hockey player, 1925-39, 3X All-Star (Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins, and 2 other teams), drowns in Lake Huron at 35
  • 1945 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), dies of a heart attack at 57 while being ferrying him out to his flagship USS Wyoming off the coast of Maine
  • 1965 Moonlight Graham, American baseball player
  • 1968 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58
  • 1976 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), dies at 77
  • 1984 Waite Hoyte, knuckleball pitcher, dies at 84
  • 1984 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • 1984 Waite Hoyt, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1923, 27, 28; AL wins leader 1927; NY Yankees), dies from heart failure at 84
  • 1988 Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, dies at 87
  • 1995 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • 2001 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • 2007 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 2008 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), dies of heart failure at 44
  • 2013 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spin bowler (9 Tests), dies at 90
  • 2019 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), dies at 91
  • 2019 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 81
  • 2021 Neal Brendel, American rugby union prop (6 Tests; Pittsburgh RC) and executive (Chairman USA Rugby 2002-05), dies from cancer at 66
  • 2021 Ted Dexter, English cricket all-rounder and captain (62 Tests, 4,502 runs @ 47.89, 9 x 100s, 66 wickets; Sussex), dies at 86
  • 2021 Robin Miller, American motorsports journalist (Indianapolis Star, Autoweek, Car and Driver, ESPN, Speed, NBCSN), dies from leukemia at 71