Deaths in Sport on February 25

  • 1919 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1934 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1951 "Smokey" Joe Williams, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NgL, Mexico, Caribbean 1905-32; no-hitter 1919 NY Lincoln Giants), dies at 64
  • 1966 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1977 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84
  • 1982 J K Irani, cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1994 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Jersey JoeJersey Joe (1914-1994)

American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), dies at 80

Donald BradmanDonald Bradman (1908-2001)

Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), dies of pneumonia at 92

  • 2006 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • 2021 Jim Johnson, Australian jockey (Melbourne Cup: Gatum Gatum 1963, Rain Lover 1968, 69), dies at 92
  • 2021 John Geddert, American gymnastics coach (US head coach London Olympic Team 2012), dies from self-inflicted gunshot wounds at 63
  • 2022 Dick Versace, American basketball coach (Bradley University, Indiana Pacers), broadcaster (TNT) and executive (GM Memphis Grizzlies), dies at 81