Deaths in Sport on August 17

  • 1920 Ray Chapman, American baseball shortstop (Cleveland Indians), dies after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays at 29
  • 1924 Tom Kendall, Australian cricket slow bowler (2 Tests, 14 wickets in Australia's 1st 2 Tests, BB 7/55), dies at 72
  • 1944 John Trumble, Australian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 10 wickets; brother of Hugh), dies at 80
  • 1966 Archibald Palm, South African cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies at 65
  • 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 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • 1998 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • 1999 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2007 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • 2020 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 2020 Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), dies at 85