On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 19

  • 1906 Spencer Gore, British tennis player (1st Wimbledon singles champion 1877), dies at 56
  • 1947 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51
  • 1949 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1956 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1964 Cyril Merry, Trinidadian cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies at 53
  • 1968 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1971 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • 1972 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • 1996 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies at 84
  • 2008 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2009 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 2010 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28
  • 2011 Grete Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (world record holder; 9-time NYC Marathon champion), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2012 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold, dies at 62
  • 2013 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), dies from cancer at 72
  • 2016 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76
  • 2020 ├Źndio, Brazilian soccer striker (7 caps; Flamengo, Corinthians, Espanyol), dies at 89
  • 2020 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, dies of COVID-19 complications at 80