Deaths in Sport on February 26

  • 1891 Ted Barratt, English cricket spin bowler (10-43 in tour match vs Australia 1878), dies from consumption at 46
  • 1913 Bud Fowler, American Baseball HOF executive (earliest known African-American player in organized pro baseball), dies at 54
  • 1927 Willie Simms, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1893, 94; Kentucky Derby 1896, 98; Preakness Stakes 1898; Belmont Stakes 1893, 94), dies at 57
  • 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, American baseball executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1976-92), 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 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
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2016 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83
  • 2021 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), dies at 70
  • 2021 Hannu Mikkola, Finnish rally driver (World Rally champion 1983), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2022 Danny Ongais, American auto racer (inducted Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), dies at 79