On This Day

Deaths in Sport on November 17

  • 1921 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • 1929 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keepe (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies at 62
  • 1937 Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies at 76
  • 1944 Archie MacLaren, English cricket batsman and captain (35 Tests; 424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895), dies at 72
  • 1958 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), dies of cirrhosis and a staphylococcal infection at 45
  • 1982 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • 1991 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), dies at 78
  • 1998 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), dies at 91
  • 2001 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), dies at 70
  • 2004 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), dies at 34
  • 2004 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63
  • 2006 Bo Schembechler Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Miami U), coach (Miami U 1963-68, University of Michigan 1969-89; career record 234–65–8), and administrator (Michigan), dies at 77
  • 2006 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 2006 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), dies at 73
  • 2008 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
  • 2011 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • 2014 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player, dies from blood cancer at 73