On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 21

  • 1907 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1932 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (first African-American world champion; 1899 World Track C'ships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1969 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • 1973 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • 1989 Lee Calhoun, American hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1998 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), dies from coronary artery disease at 81
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2020 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), dies of COVID-19 at 56
  • 2020 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90