Deaths in Sport on March 26

Georges VezinaGeorges Vezina (1887-1926)

Canadian NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

  • 1937 Albert Relf, English cricket all-rounder (13 Tests, 1 x 50, 25 wickets, BB 5/85; Sussex CCC, Auckland CA), commits suicide at 52
  • 1940 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
  • 1942 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 67
  • 1958 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), dies at 71
  • 1973 George Sisler, American Baseball HOF first baseman (AL MVP 1922; AL batting champion 1920, 22 St. Louis Browns) and manager (St. Louis Browns 1924–26), dies at 80
  • 1973 Johnny Drake, American NFL football running back, 1937-41 (Cleveland Rams), dies at 56
  • 1981 Tim Wall, Australian cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies at 76
  • 1993 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • 2005 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • 2006 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2008 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • 2013 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • 2017 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71
  • 2020 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77
  • 2020 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • 2020 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70
  • 2020 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), dies at 87
  • 2021 Ursula Happe, German swimmer (Olympic gold 200m backstroke 1956), dies at 94
  • 2022 Joe Williams, American men's college basketball coach (Jacksonville Uni 1964-70; Furman Uni 1970-78; Florida State Uni 1978-86), dies at 88