On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 27

  • 1965 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (South Africa 1938-39), dies at 56
  • 1971 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1981 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • 2005 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), dies at 76
  • 2013 Zelmo Beaty, American basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), dies at 73
  • 2015 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2019 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • 2020 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), dies from stroke complications at 85
August 27 Highlights