On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 13

  • 1911 Reggie Duff, Australian cricket batsman (23 Tests; 104 on debut), dies of alcoholism at 33
  • 1921 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies
  • 1935 John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies
  • 1940 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • 1940 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • 1974 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • 1982 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68

Person of interestAlice Marble

1990 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), dies of pernicious anaemia at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1997 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 67
  • 2004 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • 2006 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 2008 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • 2017 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • 2019 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82
  • 2019 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • 2020 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), dies from COVID-19 at 87
  • 2020 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), dies from heart surgery complications at 74
  • 2020 Pierre Lacroix, Canadian NHL executive (Quebec Nordiques; Stanley Cup 1996, 2001 Colorado Avalanche), dies from COVID-19 complications at 72