On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 25

  • 1875 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), dies of pulmonary haemorrhage at 24
  • 1953 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • 1976 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies

Person of interestBilly Martin

1989 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1991 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistan cricket swing bowler (27 Tests, 68 wickets), dies at 59
  • 1992 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1995 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 1998 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Neil Hawke, Australian cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets), dies at 61
  • 2007 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 2007 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), dies at 80
  • 2010 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), dies at 84
  • 2012 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 84
  • 2013 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79
  • 2020 Ivan Bohdan, Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold Soviet Union heavyweight 1960; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), dies at 92
  • 2020 Robin Jackman, English cricket seam bowler (4 Tests, 14 wickets; 15 ODIs; Surrey), dies from COVID-19 at 75
  • 2020 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88