On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 4

Person of interestFred Spofforth

1926 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1929 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1950 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • 1962 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1969 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • 1979 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • 1992 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • 2007 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2010 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), dies at 99
  • 2012 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975-76; Cincinnati Reds), dies from cancer at 65
  • 2014 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • 2018 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • 2019 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), dies at 89
  • 2020 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), dies at 91