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

Person of interestChuck Klein

1958 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933; MLB All-Star 1933, 34; NL MVP 1932; Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • 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 Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70