On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 5

  • 1884 John Wisden, English cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies at 57
  • 1928 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • 1939 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • 1966 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State 1928-64), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1984 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • 1985 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 1986 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies at 69
  • 2000 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2009 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), dies at 88
  • 2018 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2020 Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland, 2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), dies at 73
  • 2020 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), dies from leukemia at 88
  • 2020 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • 2020 Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), dies after a stroke at 84