On This Day

Deaths in Sport on December 28

  • 1932 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • 1932 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), dies of suicide at 55
  • 1942 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73
  • 1943 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1949 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39
  • 1980 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), at 72
  • 1983 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1992 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), dies at 75
  • 1993 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1997 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), dies at 88
  • 2019 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), dies at 85
  • 2019 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), dies in a plane crash at 30