On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 10

Person of interestPaul Morphy

1884 Paul Morphy, American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61), dies at 47

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 1909 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40
  • 1935 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), dies at 80
  • 1956 Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1963 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • 1973 Wallace "Bud" Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), dies of gunshot wounds at 49
  • 1978 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), dies at 77
  • 1994 Earl Strum, referee (NBA), dies of brain cancer at 66
  • 1994 Otto Bonsema, soccer star/trainer (GVAV, Veendam), dies at 84
  • 2000 Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • 2008 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2019 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), dies of cerebral amyloid angiopathy at 80
  • 2019 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), dies at 89
  • 2020 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), dies from COVID-19 complications at 82
  • 2020 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), dies from lymphoma and dementia at 85
  • 2020 Lara van Ruijven, Dutch short track speed skater (World C'ship gold 500m 2019; Olympic bronze 3000m relay 2018), dies from an autoimmune disease at 27
  • 2020 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), dies at 91