On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 29

  • 1934 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), dies of acute indigestion at 50
  • 1950 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • 1954 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), dies at 75
  • 1963 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • 1964 Vean Gregg, American baseball player, dies at 79
  • 1973 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1977 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • 1987 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 2007 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79
  • 2013 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), dies from heart failure at 27
  • 2015 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2017 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74