On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1980

  • Jan 1 Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926), dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Simonne Mathieu, French tennis player (French C'ships 1938-39; 11 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1957, Tour de France 1960), dies at 49
  • Feb 28 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Mar 1 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86

Jesse Owens

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC), dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver, dies at 23
  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), dies at 88
  • Jun 1 Rube Marquard, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 18 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies at 76
  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), dies in a road accident at 59
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • Oct 25 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), dies in stock-car race pit area accident at 31
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • Dec 4 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), dies when shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), dies from myocarditis at 59
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), at 72
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 7 wickets, BB 4/81; Somerset CCC), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1923, 27; AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees), dies at 90