On This Day

Deaths in Sport on September 9

  • 1915 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), dies at 66
  • 1958 Charles Macartney, Australian cricketer (35 Tests 1907-26, 2131 runs 45 wkts), dies at 72
  • 1959 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in a car crash at 26
  • 1969 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • 1981 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • 1985 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52 [1]
  • 1996 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

1997 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
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Richie Ashburn
  • 1999 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • 2006 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2019 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2020 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69