On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 18

  • 1925 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), dies at 65
  • 1947 Benny Leonard, Jewish-American lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • 1955 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • 1967 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53
  • 1974 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • 1983 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72
  • 1996 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player & professional wrestler, dies at 63
  • 2005 Sam Mills, American football player, dies at 46
  • 2006 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 2011 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer, dies at 25
  • 2011 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76
  • 2020 Fran├žois Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), dies from Parkinson's disease at 87