Deaths in Sport on January 20

  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1947 Josh Gibson, American Baseball HOF catcher (Negro World Series 1943, 44; 12 × NL All-Star; Triple Crown 1936, 37; batting average .466 1943), dies of a brain tumor at 35
  • 1954 Fred Root, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC, Worcestershire CCC), dies at 63
  • 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

Johnny Weissmuller

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

  • 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 RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), 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
  • 2022 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), dies at 92
  • 2022 Heidi Biebl, German alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1960), dies at 80