On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 27

  • 1905 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), dies in a bicycling accident at 38
  • 1912 George Bonnor, cricketer (once ran three before he was caught), dies
  • 1944 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1960 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (Wimbledon 1887-88, 1891-93), dies at 88
  • 1968 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • 1970 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • 1986 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • 1986 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • 1999 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • 2000 Larry Kelley, American college football end (Heisman Trophy 1936; unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), commits suicide at 85
  • 2004 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 2007 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2011 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
  • 2013 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92