On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 11

  • 1848 Tom Cribb, English boxer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), dies at 66
  • 1937 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), dies at 67
  • 1955 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • 1986 Fritz Pollard, American football player, dies at 92
  • 1996 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), dies at 73
  • 2003 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
  • 2004 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

2006 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 71

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 2008 Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist, dies in competition at 26
  • 2012 Dorothea Hochleitner, Austrian giant slalom (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 86
  • 2013 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • 2014 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cup; St. George), dies at 74
  • 2016 Jim Pothecary, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour), dies at 82
  • 2017 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • 2019 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79