On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 29

  • 1910 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1897-1900), dies of neurasthenia at 38
  • 1915 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), dies of pneumonia at 32
  • 1915 Tom Shevlin, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Consensus All-American 1902, 04, 05; National C'ship 1902, 05; Yale University), dies of pneumonia at 32
  • 1957 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67
  • 1976 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22
  • 1988 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, dies at 48
  • 1997 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • 2004 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, dies at 88
  • 2007 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2009 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)

Person of interestTony Greig

2012 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 2015 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • 2015 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 76
  • 2016 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • 2016 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2017 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1953-56), dies at 88
  • 2019 LaDell Andersen, American college basketball coach (Utah State, BYU), dies at 90
  • 2020 John F Reid, New Zealand cricket batsman (19 Tests, 1296 runs @ 46.28, 6 x 100s), dies at 64
  • 2020 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), dies from Huntington's disease at 60