On This Day

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
  • 1943 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), dies at 54
  • 1945 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1943), dies in fighter plane crash during training at 25
  • 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 wicket-keeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1979 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds 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 heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • 1997 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • 2004 RĂ³bert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 85
  • 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 (San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2013 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), dies at 88