On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 30

  • 1131 Adjutor, French Catholic Saint and knight in the First Crusade, patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims
  • 1919 Henry Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies at 65
  • 1931 Sammy Woods, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia, 3 for England), dies at 64
  • 1983 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • 1993 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), dies of a heart attack at 34
  • 1993 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1993 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1994 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31
  • 1997 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • 2003 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, dies at 47
  • 2007 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2011 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105
  • 2019 Mike Doyle, American surfer (World C'ship 1964 runner-up; World Tandem Champion 1965, 67), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 78
  • 2020 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), dies from cardiac arrest at 82