On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 20

  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1954 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • 1954 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies at 71
  • 1957 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, dies at 69
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974), dies at 31
  • 1983 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1984 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1986 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • 1987 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • 1988 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bill Riordon, American tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • 1994 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), dies from cancer at 84
  • 1997 Curt Flood, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 2003 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2013 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2018 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2021 Peter Swan, English soccer defender (19 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Bury), dies at 84
  • 2021 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), dies from autonomic disorder at 68