On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 26

  • 1893 Abner Doubleday, Union general-major and inventor (baseball), dies at 73
  • 1932 William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies
  • 1961 Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies
  • 1983 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • 1990 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1995 Vic Buckingham, English soccer player/trainer (Ajax), dies at 79
  • 1996 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • 1996 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • 2000 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), dies of cardiac arrest at 84
  • 2001 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • 2003 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2004 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • 2007 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • 2012 Roberto Mières, Argentine auto racer (USAC Road Racing C'ship Daytona 1,000 km 1959; 17 x F1 GP), dies at 87
  • 2014 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81

Person of interestKobe Bryant

2020 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008, 12), dies in a helicopter crash at 41

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