On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 17

  • 1929 John Read, English cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • 1934 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • 1959 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1982 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1989 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • 1990 Hap Day, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1932 [captain], 42, 45, 47, 48, 1949 [coach], 1951 [assistant manager]; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 88
  • 1993 Leslie Townsend, English cricket all-rounder (England in 4 Tests 1930-34), dies at 89
  • 2001 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1952, 56; 4 x 100m relay 1956), dies at 78
  • 2005 Omar Sívori, Argentine soccer forward and manager (19 caps Argentina, 9 caps Italy; Juventus), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2008 Brian Harris, English footballer and manager, dies at 72
  • 2016 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • 2016 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • 2017 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • 2020 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), dies at 84

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2020 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), dies from a heart attack at 85

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
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  • 2021 Özcan Arkoç, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Hamburger SV) and manager (Hamburger SV, Hannover 96), dies at 81
  • 2021 Gianluigi Saccaro, Italian fencer (Olympic gold épée team 1960; silver épée team 1964; bronze épée 1968), dies at 82
  • 2021 Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), dies at 86