Deaths in Sport on February 7

  • 1911 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (6 Test for Australia 1893-96, 301 runs), dies at 40
  • 1940 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • 1942 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56
  • 1952 Pete Henry, American College/Pro Football HOF tackle (Washington & Jefferson; First-team All-Pro 1920–23, NFL C'ship 1922, 23; Canton Bulldogs), dies at 54
  • 1959 Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Naps), dies at 84
  • 1963 Arthur Carr, English cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests, 1 x 50; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 69
  • 1963 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • 1964 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 59
  • 1979 Warren Giles, American Baseball HOF executive (President National League 1951-69; GM Cincinnati Reds 1937–51), dies at 82
  • 1985 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • 1992 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), dies at 75
  • 2009 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), dies at 89
  • 2015 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83

Frank RobinsonFrank Robinson (1935-2019)

American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, manager (14 x MLB All-Star; NL MVP 1961; AL MVP 1966; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), dies of bone cancer at 83

  • 2021 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold men's 4x400m relay 1952 WR 3:03.9), dies at 91
  • 2021 Mario Osbén, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Unión Española, Colo Colo, Cobreloa), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2021 Ralph Backstrom, Canadian ice hockey center (6 x Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens; 6 x NHL All-Star), dies at 83