Deaths in Sport on July 21

  • 1876 Thomas Hayward, English cricket batsman (first English tours to North America 1859-60, Australia & NZ 1864-5; Cambridge Town Club), dies at 41
  • 1878 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, dies of wounds from a gunfight with Texas Rangers 27
  • 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

Jimmie FoxxJimmie Foxx (1907-1967)

American Baseball HOF first baseman (9 x MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933; Philadelphia A's, Boston RS), dies after choking on food at 59

  • 1970 Bob Kalsu, American NFL football player, 1968 (Buffalo Bills), and US Army officer, killed in action in Vietnam at 25
  • 1972 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
  • 1976 Earle Combs, American Baseball HOF center fielder (9 × World Series 1927, 28, 32, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 77
  • 1990 Rich Vogler, American auto racer (most combined wins in USAC history [171]), dies in a race crash at 39
  • 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
  • 2012 Don Wilson, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 11 wickets; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 2022 Jim Lynch, American College Football HOF linebacker (Notre Dame; AFL–NFL World C'ship Game 1970; Kansas City Chiefs), dies at 76
  • 2022 Johnny Egan, American basketball point guard (Detroit Pistons, NY Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, LA Lakers, SD/Houston Rockets) and coach (Houston Rockets 1973-76), dies after a fall at 83
  • 2022 Milan Dvořák, Czech soccer utility (13 caps Czechoslovakia; Dukla Prague 261 games), dies at 87
  • 2022 Paddy Hopkirk, Irish rally driver (Monte Carlo Rally 1964), dies at 89
  • 2022 Uwe Seeler, German soccer striker (72 caps West Germany; Hamburger SV 476 games, 404 goals), dies at 85