On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 3

  • 1956 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1976 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • 1983 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor (quick release skewer patent; founder bicycle component company Campagnolo), dies at 81
  • 1984 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • 1989 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), dies at 85
  • 2006 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), dies at 74
  • 2011 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), dies at 75
  • 2014 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), dies at 90

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

2015 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • 2019 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), dies of diabetes complications at 55
  • 2019 Bob Friend, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), dies from cardiac arrest at 88
  • 2020 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies of dementia at 83
  • 2020 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), dies at 76