On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 15

  • 1926 Frank Iredale, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies at 58
  • 1942 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), dies at 72
  • 1962 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician & sportswriter, dies at 49
  • 1970 Ripper Collins, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1935, 36, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL HR leader 1934; St Louis Cardinals), dies at 66
  • 1971 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • 1993 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies at 87
  • 1994 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • 2002 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • 2003 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • 2005 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), dies at 79
  • 2006 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), dies of cancer at 89
  • 2012 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • 2019 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), dies at 89
  • 2020 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), dies from kidney failure at 85
  • 2020 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63
  • 2021 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), dies from heart failure at 74