On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 23

  • 1868 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), dies at 30
  • 1913 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • 1937 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • 1961 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies at 43
  • 1970 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1996 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • 2000 Stanley Matthews CBE, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), dies at 85
  • 2004 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2007 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2017 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 84
  • 2020 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), dies at 86
  • 2020 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), dies at 80
  • 2021 Fausto Gresini, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer (125cc World C'ship 1985, 87) and team manager (Aprilia Racing, Gresini MotoGP), dies from COVID-19 at 60
  • 2021 Tormod Knutsen, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold individual 1964, silver 1960), dies at 89
  • 2021 Juan Carlos Masnik, Uruguayan soccer defender (26 caps; NY Skyliners, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Nacional, NY Cosmos), dies at 77
  • 2021 Art Michalik, American football linebacker / guard (All-Pro 1953; Pro Bowl 1953; San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 91