On This Day

Deaths in Sport on March 7

  • 1924 Pat Moran, manager (Cincinnati Reds), dies of Bright's Disease
  • 1949 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer (threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football 1906), dies from complications following routine surgery at 65
  • 1978 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • 1981 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931, 1936 runner-up), dies at 72

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

1991 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1993 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76
  • 2012 W┼éodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), dies at 54
  • 2019 Kelly Catlin, American road cyclist (Olympic silver 2016, World C'ship gold 2016-18), dies from suicide at 23
  • 2020 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), dies from pelvic cancer at 41