On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 3

  • 1894 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), dies at 36
  • 1927 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1928 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), dies at 56
  • 1932 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), dies from poorly executed kidney surgery at 44
  • 1935 Neville Knox, cricketer (bowled in 2 Tests for England 1907), dies
  • 1943 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1953 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1969 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • 1979 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), dies at 79
  • 1994 Bob Crisp, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), dies at 82
  • 2010 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • 2012 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012 Alex Webster, American football coach (NY Giants), dies at 80

Person of interestMartin Crowe

2016 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 2017 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85

Person of interestRoger Bannister

2018 Roger Bannister CH CBE, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 2021 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88