Deaths in Sport on February 9

  • 1875 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), dies at 28
  • 1916 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • 1917 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • 1953 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), dies at 53
  • 1961 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • 1961 Oscar Egg, Swiss track and road bicycle racer (3 x world hour record), dies at 70
  • 1969 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • 1978 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1979 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • 1987 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 79
  • 1994 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • 1996 Neil Franklin, English soccer defender (26 caps; Stoke City, Hull City, Crewe Alexandra) and manager (Colchester United), dies at 74
  • 1998 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), dies at 86
  • 2000 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2003 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2006 Ron Greenwood, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2007 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • 2009 Vic Lewis, British jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, and artist manager (NEMS), and cricket club owner, dies at 89
  • 2015 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), dies at 76
  • 2018 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • 2022 Jeremy Giambi, American MLB baseball player, 1998-2003 (Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and two other teams), takes his own life at 47
  • 2022 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), dies from dementia at 82