On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 28

  • 1973 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • 1981 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), dies at 79
  • 1981 Cliff Battles, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1982 Nobby Clark, English cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies at 81
  • 1983 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, American basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer, dies at 58
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager, dies at 79
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • 2017 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • 2020 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Stade Rennais FC, Paris SG), dies at 77
  • 2020 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), dies at 86
  • 2020 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), dies from melanoma at 61