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
  • 1977 Frank Boucher, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Ottawa Sens, Vancouver Maroons, NY Rangers), coach (Stanley Cup 1939–40 NY Rangers) and executive (GM NY Rangers), dies at 76
  • 1991 Ken Keltner, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1937-50 (Cleveland Indians; Boston Red Sox), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1992 Jasu Patel, Indian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 29 wickets, BB 9-69 v Aust 1959; Gujarat), 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

Paul Arizin

2006 Paul Arizin, American College/Basketball HOF small forward (NBA C'ship 1956; 10 x NBA All Star; NBA scoring champion 1952, 57; Philadelphia Warriors), dies in his sleep at 78

  • 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
  • 2021 Roland Hemond, American baseball executive (GM Chicago White Sox 1970–85; Baltimore Orioles 1988–95), dies at 92
  • 2021 Yury Sharov, Russian fencer (Olympic gold Soviet Union, team foil 1964, silver 1968), dies at 82