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

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

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

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 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

Person of interestTed 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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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 professional ice hockey forward. (b. 1965)
  • 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