On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 4

  • 1938 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), dies of anemia at 39
  • 1950 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), dies at 72
  • 1970 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1971 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 85
  • 1973 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • 1979 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1995 Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis great, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 2001 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • 2008 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2009 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • 2009 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • 2012 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • 2017 Gene Conley, American MLB player and NBA player, dies at 86