On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 1

  • 1903 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • 1935 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • 1946 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • 1968 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73
  • 1979 Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), dies at 68
  • 1984 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), dies at 93
  • 1987 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1988 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • 2003 Wim van Est, Dutch road cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • 2006 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2008 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • 2011 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • 2011 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2014 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (Honduras, Copa Centroamericana 2011), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • 2015 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • 2015 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • 2017 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • 2018 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer