On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 17

  • 1925 A N "Monkey" Hornby, cricketer (England capt at Oval 1882), dies
  • 1983 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • 1996 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73
  • 2003 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69

Person of interestOtto Graham

2003 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2006 Larry Sherry, American baseball player, dies at 71
  • 2008 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)
American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 2009 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, dies at 92
  • 2019 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), dies from cancer at 90
  • 2019 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), dies at 81