On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 6

  • 1940 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1955 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
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Honus Wagner
  • 1985 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • 1990 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), dies at 74

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1996 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1997 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), dies at 79
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2014 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • 2017 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89
  • 2019 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1975 3rd; 3 LPGA Tour titles), dies at 69
  • 2020 Neil Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey linesman (1,744 NHL games; Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 87
  • 2020 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles champion; Wimbledon singles 1966 runner-up), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2020 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 90