On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 2

  • 1871 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38
  • 1929 Charles Coventry, cricketer (13 runs in 2 Tests Eng v S Af 1889), dies
  • 1933 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), dies at 54

Person of interestLou Gehrig

1941 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), dies of motor neurone disease at 37

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
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Lou Gehrig
  • 1943 Nile Kinnick Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1939; University of Iowa), dies during a WWII training flight at 24
  • 1959 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1963 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • 1968 R Norris Williams, American tennis player, survivor RMS Titanic sinking (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1970 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 1974 Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1974 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25
  • 1986 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • 1989 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies
  • 1989 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64
  • 1993 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 1997 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 2001 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • 2005 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2018 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • 2019 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • 2020 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • 2020 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • 2020 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • 2020 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7