Deaths in Sport on August 31

  • 1795 François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess champion, dies at 68
  • 1949 Paul Höffer, German composer (Olympic Arts gold, 1936), dies at 53

Rocky MarcianoRocky Marciano (1923-1969)

American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45

  • 1973 Stan Worthington, English cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128, 8 wickets, BB 2/19; Derbyshire CCC, Northumberland CCC), dies at 68
  • 1979 E J "Tiger" Smith, English cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests, 20 dismissals; Warwickshire CCC) and umpire (8 Tests 1933-38), dies at 93
  • 1990 Johnny Lindsay, South African cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests, 5 dismissals; North Eastern Transvaal), dies at 81
  • 1990 Nathaniel Clifton "Sweetwater", American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2006 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian soccer left back (19 caps; African Cup of Nations 2006; Al Ahly SC, Aluminium Nag Hammâdi), dies from a heart defect at 22
  • 2006 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 2010 Laurent Fignon, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1983, 84; Giro d'Italia 1989; FICP World #1 1989), dies of cancer at 50
  • 2020 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • 2020 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95

Tom SeaverTom Seaver (1944-2020)

American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star; NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago WS), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

  • 2021 Francesco Morini, Italian soccer defender (11 caps; Sampdoria, Juventus), dies at 77
  • 2022 Lee Thomas, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; LA Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs) and executive (GM Philadelphia Phillies 1988-93), dies at 86