Deaths in Sport on January 5

  • 1952 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • 1954 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), dies at 62
  • 1960 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies

Rogers HornsbyRogers Hornsby (1896-1963)

American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66

  • 1966 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (24 Tests, 60 dismissals), dies at 64
  • 1975 Don Wilson, American baseball pitcher (2 x no-hitters 1967, 69; MLB All Star 1971; Houston Astros), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • 1986 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • 1987 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)

Pete MaravichPete Maravich (1947-1988)

American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), dies of heart failure at 40

  • 1994 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), dies at 81
  • 1998 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), dies from suicide at 46
  • 1998 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • 2004 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies from cancer at 66
  • 2004 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • 2008 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • 2012 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), dies from pneumonia and emphysema at 85
  • 2014 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • 2018 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • 2019 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, dies at 81
  • 2020 Hans Tilkowski, German soccer goalkeeper (39 caps, West Germany; Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • 2021 Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Marin Čilić), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2021 Colin Bell, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), dies at 74
  • 2021 Pat Patrick, American auto racing team owner (Patrick Racing; Indianapolis 500, 1973, 1982, 1989; Emerson Fittipaldi IndyCar title, 1989), dies at 91
  • 2022 Greg Robinson, American football coach (Syracuse University 2005-08; Super Bowl 1997, 98 DC Denver Broncos), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • 2022 Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968, 72), dies at 83
  • 2022 Ralph Neely, American football offensive tackle (Super Bowl 1971, 77 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1967, 69; All Pro 1966-69), dies at 78