On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 20

  • 1910 James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), dies of Bright's disease at 37
  • 1936 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies

Harry Vardon

1937 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • 1990 Lev Yashin, Soviet- Russian soccer goalie, known as 'The Black Spider' (Dynamo Moscow, 1950-70), and namesake of FIFA award for best World Cup Finals goalkeeper, dies of stomach cancer at 60
  • 1995 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (scored 12 & 31 in Test Aus v Eng 46-47), dies at 76
  • 1997 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • 2001 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2014 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2015 Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican wrestler (CMLL), dies of cardiac arrest in the ring at 35
  • 2018 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2019 Randy Jackson, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1950-59, 2X All-Star (Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger; Cleveland Indians), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2020 Borislav Stanković, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), dies at 94
  • 2021 Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), dies at 74