On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 12

  • 1930 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1967 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), dies at 79
  • 1990 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • 1998 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • 2005 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2016 Donald Carr, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 x 50, 2 wickets; Derbyshire CCC) and official (secretary Test and County Cricket Board 1976-86), dies at 89
  • 2021 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2021 Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), dies at 67
  • 2021 Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), dies from COVID-19 at 57
  • 2022 Phil Bennett, Welsh rugby union fly-half (29 Tests Wales, 8 British & Irish Lions; Barbarians FC; Llanelli RFC 414 games & 2,535 points), dies at 73
  • 2022 Buster Welch, American cutting horse trainer (4 x NCHA World Championship; 5 x NCHA World Championship Futurity), dies at 94