Deaths in Sport on February 6

  • 1927 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • 1955 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • 1958 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • 1958 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • 1964 W L "Tich" Cornford, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 8 dismissals; Sussex CCC), dies at 63
  • 1988 Barclay Plager, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL All-Star 1970, 71, 73, 74 St. Louis Blues) and coach (St. Louis Blues 1977-83), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 46
  • 1989 Nuno Oliveira, Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer, dressage instructor, and author, dies at 63

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe (1943-1993)

American tennis player (US Open 1968, Australian Open 1970, Wimbledon & WCT Finals 1975; Davis Cup 1963, 68, 69, 70), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 49

  • 2007 Lew Burdette, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59; World Series MVP 1957; no hitter 1960; Milwaukee Braves), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • 2007 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2008 Tony Rolt, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1953; British Empire Trophy 1939), dies at 89
  • 2014 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2015 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee (NBA Supervisor of Officials 1977–81; ABA Supervisor of the Officials 1969–73), dies at 94
  • 2017 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89
  • 2020 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), dies at 83
  • 2021 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (30 Tests, 111 wickets; 2 x 100s), dies at 77
  • 2021 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), dies in a road accident at 63
  • 2021 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), dies at 91
  • 2022 Abdelmalek Ali Messaoud, Algerian soccer defender (38 caps; USM Alger, USM Annaba), dies from COVID-19 at 66
  • 2022 Frank McAtamney, New Zealand rugby union prop (1 Test; Otago 38 games), dies at 87
  • 2022 Henry Thillberg, Swedish soccer midfielder (22 caps; Malmö FF), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2022 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish soccer goalkeeper (77 caps; Hammarby IF, 1. FC Kaiserslautern; Sweden Player of the Year 1971, 78), dies at 72