On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 15

  • 1938 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • 1940 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
  • 1950 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • 1966 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre MonserĂ©, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1980 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • 1987 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1995 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 1996 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • 2007 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • 2008 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2011 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93
  • 2012 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2013 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2017 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • 2018 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • 2019 Lam Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976) and NFL wide receiver (NY Jets 1980-86), dies of myeloma at 60