On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 11

  • 1894 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44
  • 1900 Edmund Peate, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1881-86), dies
  • 1926 Biddy Anderson, South African cricketer (score 32 & 11 in Test for South Africa), dies at 51
  • 1963 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies at 52
  • 1972 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 1977 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1990 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1998 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 86
  • 2006 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2016 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • 2019 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73