On This Day

Deaths in Sport on August 28

  • 1961 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • 1967 Bruce Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1941, U of Minnesota; NFL: Green Bay Packers), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1981 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • 1981 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • 1982 Geoff Chubb, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets; Border), dies at 71
  • 1988 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • 1990 Larry Jackson, American baseball pitcher (5 × MLB All-Star; MLB wins leader 1964; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 59
  • 1996 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2007 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, dies at 22
  • 2008 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • 2012 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2015 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82
  • 2017 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), dies of bladder cancer at 79