On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 22

  • 1955 Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies
  • 1973 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), dies at 79
  • 1987 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80
  • 2004 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • 2009 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co-founder LPGA Tour), dies at 88
  • 2012 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • 2013 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • 2016 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • 2019 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73