Deaths in Sport on December 24

  • 1897 Marshall Newell, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Harvard; All-American 1890-93) and coach (Cornell, Tufts), dies in a railroad accident at 26
  • 1999 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, dies at 88
  • 2003 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 89
  • 2004 Johnny Oates, American MLB baseball catcher, 1970-81 (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), and manager, 1991-2001 (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2009 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • 2019 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), dies at 88
  • 2021 José Villegas, Mexican soccer defender (6 caps; CD Guadalajara), dies at 87
  • 2021 Raúl Madero, Argentine soccer defender (5 caps; Estudiantes) and sports physician (Argentina national team), dies at 82
  • 2021 Willibert Kremer, German soccer coach (MSV Duisburg, Bayer Leverkusen, 1860 Munich, Fortuna Düsseldorf), dies at 82