On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 17

  • 1933 John Hodges, Australian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests [first 2 played], 6 wickets; Victoria), dies at 77
  • 1952 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), dies at 74
  • 1959 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1970 Robert Lindley Murray, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1917-18), dies at 77
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1981 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1983 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), dies at 70
  • 1992 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, dies at 76
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1994 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • 2004 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)

Person of interestBobby Fischer

2008 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 2008 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2012 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • 2020 Pietro Anastasi, Italian soccer striker (25 caps; Juventus, Ascoli, Inter), dies from motor neurone disease at 71
  • 2020 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricket all-rounder (41 Tests; top score 122; 88 wickets), dies at 86
  • 2020 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), dies at 78