On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 29

  • 1968 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), dies at 81
  • 2008 Jerry Groom, American College Football Hall of Fame center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 78
  • 2020 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), dies at 92
  • 2020 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), dies as a result of a falling tree at 60