On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 26

  • 1971 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • 1973 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), dies in an auto accident at 67
  • 1992 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), dies at 76
  • 1992 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2003 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • 2005 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), dies at 80
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2009 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

2015 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2016 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83