On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 21

  • 1927 J J Lyons, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies at 64
  • 1932 Bill Gleason, American late 19th century baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1943 Charles Paddock, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • 1952 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete and long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • 1957 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies

Person of interestJimmie Foxx

1967 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (9-time MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933), dies after choking on food at 59

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • 1976 Earle Combs, American MLB baseball centerfielder, 1924-35 (New York Yankees), dies at 77
  • 1991 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1995 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 2003 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), dies at 90
  • 2017 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • 2020 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • 2020 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93