On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 11

  • 1902 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1941 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1966 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • 1976 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • 2000 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), dies at 92
  • 2000 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago WS; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79
  • 2000 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • 2005 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • 2009 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2010 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2017 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62
  • 2019 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49