On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 16

  • 1905 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), dies at 63
  • 1939 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies

Person of interestHenri Desgrange

1940 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1960 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • 1983 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • 2002 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, dies at 86
  • 2018 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2019 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 2019 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96