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

Person of interestAdrian Quist

1991 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), dies at 78

Tennis Player Adrian Quist
Tennis Player
Adrian Quist
  • 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
  • 2020 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), dies at 89