On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 20

  • 1917 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35
  • 1942 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), dies at 54
  • 1945 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies
  • 1948 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • 1972 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
  • 1986 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 1991 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • 1997 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), dies at 77
  • 2012 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89
  • 2019 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), dies at 69
  • 2019 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2019 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), dies at 79
  • 2019 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), dies at 73
  • 2019 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), dies at 79
  • 2020 Dietrich Weise, German soccer forward (Eintracht Frankfurt, FSV Mainz) and manager (FC Kaiserslautern, E Frankfurt, F Düsseldorf, Egypt, Liechtenstein), dies at 86