Deaths in Sport on March 28

  • 1891 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies
  • 1931 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1946 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1953 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1958 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1958 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1959 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • 2012 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2013 Soraya JimĂ©nez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70