Deaths in Sport on March 28

  • 1891 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies

Ban Johnson

1931 Ban Johnson, American Baseball HOF executive (founder, President American League), dies after a long illness at 67

  • 1946 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1947 Johnny Evers, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (World Series 1907, 08 Chicago Orphans/Cubs; WS & NL MVP 1914 Boston Braves) and manager (Chicago Cubs/WS), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 65
  • 1947 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Olympic Arts bronze, 1928 - Symphony No. 2 (Hellas)), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1916-47), dies at 57

Jim 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

Chuck 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

  • 1959 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • 2001 Jim Benton, American football end (All Pro 1945, 46; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team; Cleveland/LA Rams, Chicago Bears; first to rush 300+ yards 1945), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2022 Naci Erdem, Turkish soccer centre-back (31 caps; Fenerbahçe), dies at 91