On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1980

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926 champion), 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 cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (winner 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 footballer (b. 1907)
  • 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, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies

Person of interestJesse Owens

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

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
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  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, English cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), 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 (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • Jun 1 Rube Marquard, American baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • 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, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies at 60
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • 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)
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, NHL coach 1927-1931 (b. 1895)
  • 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 sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), at 72
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies