On This Day

Deaths in Sport on September 27

  • 1919 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1943 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis, soccer player (Wimbledon 1890; Ireland 1 cap), dies at 78
  • 1956 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45
  • 1963 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, dies at 80
  • 1977 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93
  • 1982 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), dies at 66
  • 1984 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 1998 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), dies from ski accident injuries at 71
  • 1998 Narita Brian, Japanese racehorse, world's top earner until 2000 (b. 1991)
  • 2010 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • 2011 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 2013 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74
  • 2015 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85