On This Day

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 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • 1958 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • 1958 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1964 W L Cornford, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests v NZ 1930), dies

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1993 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 49

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  • 2007 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 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 racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 2014 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2015 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • 2017 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, 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