On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 20

  • 1911 E. M. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies at 69
  • 1926 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies
  • 1939 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • 1940 Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 28 wickets; India's first half-century in Test cricket), dies of pneumonia at 29
  • 1968 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • 1973 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • 1976 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 64
  • 1983 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), dies at 87
  • 2007 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), dies at 93
  • 2013 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), dies at 88
  • 2014 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer, dies at 77
  • 2018 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77
  • 2018 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80
  • 2019 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70