On This Day

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
  • 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), dies at 79
  • 1994 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • 1996 Neil Franklin, soccer star, 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 CBE, 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

Person of interestEd Sabol

2015 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 2015 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1968-69), dies at 76
  • 2018 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36