On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 27

  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player, dies at 84
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 1978 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), dies at 89
  • 2005 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • 2013 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • 2019 Bruce Yardley, Australian cricket spin bowler and coach (33 Tests, 126 wickets; coach Sri Lanka), dies from cancer at 71
  • 2019 Joe Bellino, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1960, Navy), dies of stomach cancer at 81
  • 2020 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), dies at 81
  • 2020 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), dies from cancer at 77