On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 2

  • 1903 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), dies at Niagara Falls at 35
  • 1912 Tom Richardson, England cricket fast bowler (88 Test wickets), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • 1921 Edwin Evans, Australian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests), dies at 72
  • 1935 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1958 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • 1964 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962), dies from injuries in May 24 crash at 35
  • 1969 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • 1973 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • 1973 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), dies at 70
  • 1973 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • 1985 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • 1986 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, dies at 68
  • 1994 AndrĂ©s Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of a gunshot wound at 27
  • 2000 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2012 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 2015 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • 2017 Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach, dies at 84
  • 2017 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), dies at 81