On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 26

  • 1864 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), dies of edema at 45
  • 1923 Edward Rae, cricketer (introduced cricket into Russian Lapland), dies
  • 1944 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • 1958 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1959 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • 1960 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies of intestinal cancer at 70
  • 1967 Errol Hunte, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests v England 1930), dies
  • 1986 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1987 Glen Hall, South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide at 49

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1993 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestDon Hutson

1997 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1999 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), dies of brain cancer at 78
  • 2001 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • 2002 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), dies from lung cancer at 88
  • 2003 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28
  • 2007 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • 2012 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • 2018 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80