On This Day

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 (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall 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
  • 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