On This Day

Deaths in Sport on February 5

  • 1897 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • 1915 Ross Barnes, American baseball player, dies at 64
  • 1952 Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
  • 1955 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), dies at 82
  • 1956 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
  • 1960 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • 1970 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1977 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • 1979 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies at 77
  • 1981 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • 1987 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • 1993 Jack Young, English cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49, 17 wickets), dies at 80
  • 1994 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 2018 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • 2021 Joseph Benz, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold 2-man 1980; World C'ship gold 4-man 1975; 2-man 1978, 79), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2021 Julio Canani, Peruvian thoroughbred horse racing trainer (Breeders' Cup Mile 1999, 2001; Juvenile Fillies 2004), dies at 82
  • 2021 Sam Gannon OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 11 wickets; Western Australia; Chairman WACA), dies at 73
  • 2021 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), dies from heart and kidney failure at 84
  • 2021 John Pullin, English rugby union hooker (42 caps; British Lions 7 caps; Bristol RFC), dies at 79
  • 2021 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), dies from prostate cancer at 67