Deaths in Sport on December 16

  • 1926 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), dies of a self inflicted gun shot wound at 53
  • 1940 Billy Hamilton, American Baseball HOF outfielder (NL batting champion 1891, 93; 5 × NL stolen base leader; KC Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74
  • 1944 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • 1973 Sid Barnes, Australian cricket batsmen (13 Tests, 3 x 100, 5 x 50, HS 234; NSWCA), dies of barbiturate and bromide poisoning at 57
  • 1974 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • 1984 Debs Garms, American baseball utility (World Series 1944 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 77
  • 1985 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • 1985 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • 1988 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricket all-rounder (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 16 wickets; NSW CA, Victoria CA), dies at 93
  • 1989 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Rinus Terlouw, Dutch soccer player/trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 2004 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2014 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), dies from dementia at 75
  • 2019 Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), dies at 86
  • 2020 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), dies at 79
  • 2021 Bill Mahoney, Canadian ice hockey coach (NHL: Minnesota North Stars 1983-85), dies at 82
  • 2021 Taniela Moa, Tongan rugby union halfback (20 caps; Auckland Blues, Section Paloise RUFC), dies at 36