Deaths in Sport on January 16

  • 1907 Alfred Shaw, English cricket medium/spin bowler (7 Tests; bowled first ball in Test cricket; first to take 5 wickets in a Test innings; Nottinghamshire CCC, MCC), dies at 64
  • 1971 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • 1993 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), dies at 77
  • 1993 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (b. 1960)
  • 1996 Harry Potts, English soccer forward (Burnley, Everton) and manager (Burnley, Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool), dies at 75
  • 1997 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 1998 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 92
  • 2002 (Carl) "Bobo" Olson, American boxer World Middleweight Champion, 1953-55), dies at 73
  • 2007 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 2009 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 81
  • 2018 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • 2020 Efraín Sánchez, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; San Lorenzo) and manager (Columbia), dies at 93
  • 2021 Jon Arnett, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (USC; 5 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 85