On This Day

Deaths in Sport in May 1955

Person of interestTommy Burns

May 10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 11 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50

Person of interestAlberto Ascari

May 26 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36

Auto Racer Alberto Ascari
Auto Racer
Alberto Ascari
  • May 31 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36