On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 17

  • 1944 Jack Hearne, English cricket spin bowler (12 Tests, 49 wickets; England's first hat-trick vs Australia 1899), dies at 76
  • 1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 1948 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • 1967 Giorgio Cesana, Italian coxswain (Olympic gold 1906), dies at 75
  • 1984 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1995 Anton Murray, South African cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies at 72
  • 2020 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2020 Carlos Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (30 caps; Universidad de Chile), dies at 81
  • 2020 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), dies at 90
  • 2020 Raymond Van Gestel, Belgian soccer winger (5 caps; Lyra) and athlete (Belgian long jump champion), dies at 90