On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 23

  • 1939 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 1947 Roy Park, Australian cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies at 54
  • 1958 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • 1967 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), dies at 88
  • 1983 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), dies at 74
  • 2002 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)

Person of interestErnie Banks

2015 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 2016 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • 2016 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), dies at 94
  • 2016 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • 2020 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), dies at 77
  • 2020 Alfred Körner, Austrian soccer striker (47 caps; Rapid Wien), dies at 93