Deaths in Sport on December 5

  • 1951 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder, 1908-20 (Chicago White Sox, and two other teams; 1919 World Series "Black Sox" Scandal), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1959 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • 1966 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1974 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), dies at 87
  • 1991 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1995 Bill Bruton, American baseball outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55 Milwaukee Braves), dies of a heart attack at 70

Peter BlakePeter Blake (1948-2001)

New Zealand yachtsman (Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-90; America's Cup 1995, 2000) and Special Envoy UN Environment Program, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at 53

Roone ArledgeRoone Arledge (1931-2002)

American sports broadcasting pioneer, President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football) and ABC News, dies of prostate cancer at 71 [1] [2]

  • 2006 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 82
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2016 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2020 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • 2020 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83
  • 2020 Wojciech Zabłocki, Polish fencer (4 x World C'ship gold team; Olympic silver team sabre 1956, 60; bronze 1964), dies at 89
  • 2021 Bill Glass, American College Football HOF defensive end (Baylor University; 4 x Pro Bowl Cleveland Browns; Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • 2021 Gary Callander, Scottish rugby union hooker (6 caps; South of Scotland RFC), dies from pancreatic cancer at 62