On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 31

  • 1900 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 1915 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 32
  • 1931 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), dies in a plane crash at 43
  • 1956 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • 1968 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)

Person of interestJesse Owens

1980 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1990 John Hawkes, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles, doubles, mixed doubles 1926), dies at 90
  • 1998 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), dies of liver and throat cancer at 73
  • 2017 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81