Deaths in Sport on July 7

  • 1931 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/64; London County, Transvaal, Western Province), dies from heart failure 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
  • 1983 Vic Wertz, American MLB player, dies during surgery at 58
  • 1984 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, dies at 43
  • 1992 Clint Frank, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1937; unanimous All-American 1937; Yale), dies at 76
  • 1992 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • 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
  • 2001 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (equal record 7 x Olympic medals, Soviet Union 1952; 2 x gold [team, all-round], 5 x silver), dies at 79
  • 2002 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), dies at 82

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano (1926-2014)

Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), dies from a heart attack at 88

  • 2019 Greg Johnson, Canadian NHL hockey center, 1994-2006 (Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators (captain 2002-06), and 2 other teams), dies of suspected suicide at 48
  • 2020 Dannes Coronel, Ecuadorian soccer defender (27 caps; El Nacional), dies from a heart attack at 47
  • 2022 Pedro Ferrándiz, Spanish basketball coach (EuroLeague 1965, 67, 68, 74 Real Madrid; Spain 1964-65), dies at 93