On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 26

Person of interestGeorges Vezina

1926 Georges Vezina, NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1937 Albert Relf, English cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), 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, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • 1973 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1981 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • 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 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • 2020 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), dies at 87
  • 2020 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77
  • 2020 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70