On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 7

  • 1927 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion 1890-92), dies of apoplexy at 56
  • 1938 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • 1969 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1975 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1977 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • 1984 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1994 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • 1997 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • 2005 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2013 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), dies from pneumonia at 51
  • 2016 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • 2017 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84
  • 2019 Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (U of Michigan) and college athletics administrator (Iowa), dies at 94
  • 2019 Denis Lalanne, French sports journalist ('Le grand combat du XV de France'; 'Rugbymania: French flair attitude'), dies at 93
  • 2019 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), dies at 87