On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 15

  • 1939 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 17 wickets; NSW CA), dies at 69
  • 1961 William "Dummy" Hoy, American baseball outfielder (most accomplished deaf player in MLB history; NL stolen base leader 1888; Washington Senators, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 99
  • 1968 Jess Willard, American boxer (World heavyweight champion 1915-19), dies from heart failure at 86
  • 1984 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (43 x stakes winners; Decidedly, Northern Dancer), dies from pancreatic cancer at 90
  • 1994 Mollie Phillips, British figure skater and judge (first woman to referee a world championship), dies at 87
  • 2003 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1971, 72; Chicago Black Hawks), dies in a motor vehicle accident at 56
  • 2005 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2005 Darrell Russell, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 99; First-Team All-Pro 1998; Oakland Raiders), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 2006 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67

Bob Feller

2010 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (8 x MLB All Star; AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games; Cleveland Indians), dies from leukemia at 92

  • 2011 Andy Carey, American baseball player (third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees), dies at 80
  • 2020 Jean-Pierre Lux, French rugby union centre (42 caps; US Tyrosse, US Dax) and administrator (President European Rugby Cup 1999-2014), dies at 74
  • 2021 Len Hauss, American football center (5 x Pro Bowl; Washington Redskins), dies at 79
  • 2021 Hans Küppers, German soccer midfielder (7 caps, West Germany; TSV 1860 Munich, 1. FC Nürnberg), dies at 82