Deaths in Sport on December 17

  • 1925 A. N. Hornby, English cricket batsman & captain (3 Tests; Lancashire CCC) and rugby union utility back & captain (9 Tests; Lancashire CRFC), dies at 78
  • 1983 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • 1996 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73
  • 2002 Angelo "Hank" Luisetti, American collegiate basketball forward (Stanford, 1935-38), 1st to use a one-handed shot, dies at 86
  • 2003 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69

Otto GrahamOtto Graham (1921-2003)

American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

  • 2006 Larry Sherry, American baseball pitcher (World Series MVP 1959, LA Dodgers), dies at 71
  • 2008 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)

Sammy BaughSammy Baugh (1914-2008)

American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), dies at 94

  • 2009 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, dies at 92
  • 2010 Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 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
  • 2020 Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970, 71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), dies from cancer at 77
  • 2021 Dimitrios Stefanakos, Greek soccer defender (7 caps; Olympiacos FC), dies at 85
  • 2021 Harry Jacobs, American football linebacker (AFL All Star 1965, 69; AFL C'ship 1964, 65 Buffalo Bills; Boston Patriots, NO Saints), dies at 84