On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 24

  • 1899 Billy Barnes, English cricketer (725 runs in 21 Tests for England), dies at 46
  • 1921 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, dies at 39
  • 1932 George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • 1934 William Donne, English cricket batsman, (Olympic gold 1900) and administrator (President England Rugby Football Union), dies at 58
  • 1946 Alexander Alekhine, Russian-French chess player (world champion 1927-35, 37-46), dies choking on meat at 53
  • 1999 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • 2009 George Kell, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2012 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 62
  • 2016 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • 2016 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • 2018 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • 2020 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • 2020 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), dies at 78
  • 2020 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), dies at 103