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 cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 189 wickets, BB 9/103); Warwickshire CCC, Lancashire CCC, Staffordshire CCC), 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

Doug Harvey

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

  • 1994 Allie Reynolds, American MLB pitcher, 1942-54, 5X All-Star, 1952 AL ERA leader (Cleveland Indians,New York Yankees), dies from complications of lymphoma and diabetes at 77
  • 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

Phil Niekro

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
  • 2021 Dorval Rodrigues, Brazilian soccer right winger (13 caps; Santos FC, SE Palmeiras), dies at 86