On This Day

Deaths in Sport on January 31

  • 1942 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1967 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the "Midnight Express" (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
  • 1974 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • 1980 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies

Person of interestMel Hein

1992 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

American Football Player Mel Hein
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  • 1995 Sir John Smith, English soccer administrator (chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), dies at 74
  • 1999 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90
  • 2013 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85
  • 2015 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 80
  • 2020 Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), dies at 59
  • 2020 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), dies of bladder cancer at 58