On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 26

  • 1916 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • 1916 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1942 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
  • 1961 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1963 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1967 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, dies at 94
  • 1970 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22
  • 1984 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), dies at 84

Person of interestDoug Harvey

1989 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 2007 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 2019 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 2019 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), dies at 71
  • 2020 Phil Niekro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (famed knuckleballer; no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), dies of cancer at 81 [1]
  • 2020 Jim McLean, Scottish soccer forward (Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee) and manager (Dundee United 1971-93), dies from dementia at 83