On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 14

  • 1920 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • 1967 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1971 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, dies at 42
  • 1979 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, Indian cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies at 56
  • 1980 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

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1985 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

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  • 1985 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard & coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), dies at 93
  • 1991 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1995 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • 2000 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • 2004 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • 2009 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • 2010 Dale Roberts, English footballer, dies at 24
  • 2012 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2016 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • 2017 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • 2020 Gérard Houllier OBE, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), dies after heart operation at 73
  • 2020 Eric Freeman OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 34 wickets, 2 x 50s; South Australia), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 2020 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), dies at 88