On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 27

  • 1921 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
  • 1946 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), dies at 64
  • 1947 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879) and later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon, dies at 98
  • 1961 Platt Adams, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 75
  • 1963 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • 1975 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86

Person of interestJacques Plante

1986 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1990 Les Ames, English cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (47 Tests, 97 dismissals, 2,434 runs @ 40.56), dies at 84
  • 1996 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1996 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1996 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2008 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), dies at 84
  • 2019 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), dies at 80