On This Day

Deaths in Sport in December 1970

  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), dies at 60
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22

Person of interestSonny Liston

Dec 30 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston