On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 5

  • 1913 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • 1932 Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies
  • 1946 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), dies at 81
  • 1953 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1975 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Don Liddle, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • 2014 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), dies at 78
  • 2015 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon and yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • 2015 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2020 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), dies at 78
  • 2020 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64