On This Day

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
  • 1963 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman ( NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns, Chicago Cubs) 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 MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), dies at 29 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)
  • 1988 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack 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; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), dies from suicide at 46
  • 1998 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • 2004 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • 2004 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies from cancer at 66
  • 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 Colin Bell MBE, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), dies at 74
  • 2021 Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Marin Čilić), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2021 Pat Patrick, American auto racing team owner (Patrick Racing; Indianapolis 500, 1973, 1982, 1989; Emerson Fittipaldi IndyCar title, 1989), dies at 91