On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 12

  • 1934 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)
  • 1964 H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • 1968 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • 1991 Ken Keltner, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • 1992 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (29 wkts for India, best 9-69 v Aust), dies at 68
  • 1999 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), dies at 82
  • 2004 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), dies at 77
  • 2006 Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Peter Pagel, German footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)
  • 2016 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • 2019 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2019 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), dies at 65
  • 2019 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2019 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), dies at 77
  • 2020 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), dies in car accident at 25