On This Day

Deaths in Sport on June 8

  • 1948 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70
  • 1982 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1991 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • 1996 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • 2003 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 2004 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65

Person of interestMaria Bueno

2018 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 2020 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78