Deaths in Sport on June 3

  • 1933 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", dies at 88
  • 1981 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), dies at 74
  • 1989 John McCauley, American NHL official, dies at 44
  • 1991 Thomas C. "Spunky" Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • 1993 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), dies at 82
  • 1994 Jack Cowie, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 45 wickets; Auckland CA) and umpire (3 Tests 1956–59), dies at 82
  • 1997 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), dies at 73
  • 2013 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2015 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82

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American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

  • 2017 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87
  • 2020 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), dies at 87
  • 2020 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), dies at 85
  • 2020 Pleasantly Perfect, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic 2003; Dubai World Cup 2004), dies at 22
  • 2022 Larry Hillman, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1955 Detroit RWs, 1962, 63, 64, 1967 Toronto MLs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Winnipeg Jets 1977-79), dies at 85