On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 29

  • 1947 Fred Barratt, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 5 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 52
  • 1951 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70
  • 1968 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • 1977 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), dies at 75
  • 1989 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 88
  • 1994 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1995 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
  • 2002 Dick 'Night Train' Lane, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (7 x Pro Bowl; 7 x First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions), dies at 74
  • 2007 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2009 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • 2012 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2015 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), dies at 94
  • 2019 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89
  • 2020 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), dies at 79
  • 2020 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), dies at 55
  • 2020 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), dies at 72
  • 2021 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), dies at 89
  • 2021 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), dies from COVID-19 at 85
  • 2022 Rashid Byramji, Indian thoroughbred trainer (3,170 winners/230 classics; Elusive Pimpernel 22/23 starts; Squanderer 18/19 starts; Indian Derby x 10), dies at 88
  • 2022 Des Drummond, Jamaican rugby league winner (24 Tests Great Britain, 4 England; Leigh RLFC, Warrington RLFC), dies at 63
  • 2022 Ralph Mellanby, Canadian sportscaster / television producer (EP Hockey Night in Canada 1966-85; 5 x Emmy Awards various Olympic Games), dies at 87