On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 16

  • 1924 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), dies at 75
  • 1952 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1957 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • 1959 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1966 Randy Turpin, British middleweight boxer, shot dead in his home at 37
  • 1971 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • 1997 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), dies at 78
  • 2013 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • 2015 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • 2018 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • 2020 Michael McCaskey, American NFL executive (Chicago Bears president 1983-98; chairman 1999-2011), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2020 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), dies at 84
  • 2020 Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C'ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), dies at 82