On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 17

  • 1906 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, dies at 33
  • 1938 Ranji Hordern, Australian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 46 wickets, BB 7/90; NSW CA), dies at 55
  • 1939 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • 1946 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), dies at 56
  • 1950 Syed Wazir Ali, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests; Southern Punjab; Muslims), dies from appendicitis at 46
  • 1956 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1968 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan soccer defender (41 caps; captain FIFA World Cup 1930; CA Bella Vista 322 games), dies at 67
  • 1970 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), dies at 74
  • 1971 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • 1974 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • 1975 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 1979 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • 1984 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • 1986 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest at 78
  • 1987 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • 1989 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end, 1973-82 (Oakland Raiders and 3 other teams), and actor (Caveman; The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • 2002 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2002 Fritz Walter, German footballer (1. FC Kaiserslautern) and captain of West Germany, dies at 81
  • 2004 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 78
  • 2010 Andy Ripley, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), dies from prostate cancer at 62
  • 2015 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), dies from kidney failure at 78
  • 2015 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 79
  • 2020 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), dies of leukaemia at 66
  • 2020 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • 2020 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83