On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 16

  • 1880 James Southerton, English cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies at 52
  • 1961 O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 1970 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", dies of cancer at 26
  • 1984 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1987 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • 1993 Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricket batsman and captain (43 Tests; 3,073 runs @ 46.56; 10 x 100s) and broadcaster (ABC 1956-81), dies at 79
  • 1996 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • 2008 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Hans Hass, Austrian diving pioneer, dies at 94
  • 2014 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1982-2001; 8X NL batting champion; 15x All-Star (San Diego Padres), dies of salivary gland cancer at 54
  • 2018 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, dies of health complications at 73