On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 2

  • 1931 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), dies from pneumonia at 24
  • 1932 Dan Brouthers, American MLB baseball player known as the first great slugger in baseball history, dies at 74
  • 1955 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at
  • 1974 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver, dies at 80
  • 1979 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1980 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • 1981 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), dies at 81
  • 1985 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies at 79
  • 1995 Brian Smith, British sportscaster, dies
  • 2016 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • 2020 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), dies at 87
  • 2020 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), dies at 69
  • 2020 Bob Ryland, American tennis player (first African-American to play professionally) and coach (Harold Solomon, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 100
August 2 Highlights