On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 15

  • 1946 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), dies at 86
  • 1961 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), dies at 72
  • 1981 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), dies at 78
  • 1994 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • 1994 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1996 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • 2001 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2002 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), dies at 74
  • 2006 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2006 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes, Fortuna, Inter Milan), dies at 82
  • 2007 Sam Pollock, Canadian NHL hockey general manager, 9X Stanley Cups (Montreal Canadiens, 1964-78), dies at 81
  • 2008 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • 2011 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, TS 47, 2 wickets; Wellington CA), dies at 86
  • 2011 Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 27
  • 2014 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • 2014 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • 2018 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77
  • 2020 Henk Wullems, Dutch soccer manager (NAC Breda, SBV Vitesse, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ; Indonesia 1996-98), dies from a Cerebral infarction at 84

Gerd Müller

2021 Gerd Müller "Der Bomber", German soccer striker (62 caps; FIFA World Cup 1974; Bayern Munich 453 games, 398 goals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 75

  • 2021 Joe Walton, American football coach (New York Jets 1983-89; Robert Morris University), dies at 85
  • 2021 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), dies at 79