Deaths in Sport on December 31

  • 1896 Leland Hone, Irish cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies
  • 1948 Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63
  • 1964 Bobby Byrne, baseball player (b. 1884)
  • 1967 Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies
  • 1968 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

1972 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1980 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies
  • 1983 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
  • 1985 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
  • 1990 George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies

Person of interestWoody Strode

1994 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 2006 George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 65
  • 2007 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)