On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 3

  • 1904 Vincent Tancred, South African cricketer (Bernard & Louis bro, Test for S A), commits suicide at 28
  • 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, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • 1991 Thomas C 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, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 45 wkts at 21 53), dies
  • 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

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

2016 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 2017 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), 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
  • 2020 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), dies at 87