Deaths in Sport on February 2

  • 1918 John L. Sullivan, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), dies at 59

Person of interestJaap Eden

1925 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1948 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • 1959 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1976 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1979 Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide at 48
  • 1983 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 1987 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1989 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1990 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (Wimbledon, 1934-36), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • 1997 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), dies at 99
  • 2007 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71