On This Day

Deaths in Sport on July 5

  • 1913 Alfred Lyttelton, cricketer (Eng wk 1880-84 demon lob bowler), dies
  • 1920 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • 1938 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies
  • 1965 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican race car driver, diplomat and international playboy, dies when he crashes his Ferrari into a tree at 56

Elizabeth Ryan

1979 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 87

  • 1985 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • 1998 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81

Ted Williams

2002 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

  • 2003 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • 2004 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 86
  • 2008 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • 2010 Bob Probert, Canadian NHL right wing, 1985-2002 (Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings), dies of a heart attack while boating at 45
  • 2011 Armon Gilliam, American NBA forward, 1987-2000 (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, NJ Nets, and 3 other teams), and college coach, 2001-05 (Penn State), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2019 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, dies at 79
  • 2020 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), dies at 72
  • 2020 Willi Holdorf, German athlete (Olympic gold, United Team of Germany, decathlon 1964), dies at 80
  • 2020 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), dies at 87
  • 2021 Gillian Sheen, British fencer (Olympic gold individual foil 1956), dies at 92