On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 17

  • 1920 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • 1924 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies at 72
  • 1944 John Trumble, Australian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 10 wickets; brother of Hugh), dies at 80
  • 1966 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • 1966 Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), dies in practice accident at 47
  • 1975 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • 1994 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), dies at 91
  • 1998 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • 1998 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)