On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 3

  • 1915 Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer (England captain) and ruby union player, commits suicide by firearm at 52
  • 1962 Benny "Kid" Paret, American welterweight boxer, dies after a fight at 24
  • 1977 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • 1987 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater and coach (coach 1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), dies at 86
  • 1997 Judy Flannery, American triathlete, killed by a car while training at 56
  • 1997 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • 2005 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Marshall Goldberg, American College Football HOF back (Uni of Pittsburgh; All Pro, Pro Bowl 1941; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 88
  • 2007 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2008 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • 2020 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • 2021 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), dies of COVID-19 at 78
  • 2022 Tommy Davis, American baseball utility (3 x MLB All Star; World Series 1963; NL batting champion 1962, 63 LA Dodgers), dies at 83
  • 2022 Stan Parrish, American football coach (Ball State Uni, Wabash College, Kansas State Uni, Marshall Uni; TB Buccaneers QB coach Super Bowl 2002), dies at 75
  • 2022 Gene Shue, American NBA basketball guard, 1954-64, 5X All-Star (New York Knicks, Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons, and 2 other teams), and NBA coach, 1966-89, 2X Coach of the Year (Baltimore/Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, and 2 other teams), dies from melanoma at 90