On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 27

  • 1942 William Morgan, American physical education instructor and inventor of "mintonette" (now known as volleyball), dies at 72
  • 1966 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1966 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65
  • 1985 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1994 Peter May, English cricketer (4537 runs-Eng 1951-61), dies at 64
  • 1995 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80
  • 1998 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46
  • 2003 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), dies from multiple firearm wounds at 41
  • 2010 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), dies at 81
  • 2015 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2015 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), dies at 88
  • 2019 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), dies at 92
  • 2020 José Luiz Carbone, Brazilian soccer midfielder (6 caps; São Paulo, Internacional, Botafogo) and coach (Fluminense, Guarani), dies from liver cancer at 74
  • 2020 Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), dies from a stroke at 75