On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 7

  • 1931 Johannes "Kodgee" Kotze, South African cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies at 51
  • 1934 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • 1939 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91
  • 1965 Bill Hitch, England cricket fast-bowler (7 Tests 1911-21), dies
  • 1967 Jo Schlesser, French Formula One racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1975 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1976 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • 1979 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1982 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), dies at 73
  • 1984 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, dies at 43
  • 1992 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • 1992 Clint Frank, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1937; unanimous All-American 1937; Yale), dies at 76
  • 1997 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • 2000 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), dies in a crash during practice at 30
  • 2002 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), dies at 82
  • 2014 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish soccer forward, coach (Spain 31 caps, Real Madrid), dies of a heart attack at 88