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 and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • 1969 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player who won the 1st women's Grand Slam in 1953, dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • 1973 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • 1989 Lee Quencey Calhoun, 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
  • 1998 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)