On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 7

  • 1914 Bransby Cooper, Australian cricketer, dies at 70
  • 1953 Abner Powell, American baseball utility, team owner and executive (first to use infield tarpaulin after rain), dies at 92
  • 1970 Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), dies at 60
  • 1973 Jack Gregory, Australian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 2 x 100, 7 x 50, 85 wickets, BB 7/69; NSW CA), dies at 77
  • 1974 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 72
  • 1991 Schottzie Schott, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), dies at 76
  • 2003 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2018 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1961; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1967, 68; 6 x NHL First All-Star Team), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78
  • 2020 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • 2021 Mike De Palmer, American tennis player and coach (Boris Becker), dies at 59