Deaths in Sport on May 17

  • 1920 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42
  • 1955 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • 1955 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
  • 1960 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
  • 1964 Steve Owen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (NY Giants) and coach (NFL C'ship 1927, 34, 38; NY Giants), dies at 66
  • 1969 Clarence "Pants" Rowland, American baseball manager (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox 1915-18) and MLB umpire (American League 1923-27), dies at 91
  • 1972 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), dies at 87
  • 1992 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1995 Toe Blake, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1935 Montreal Maroons; 1944, 46 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Stanley Cup 1956-60, 1965-66, 68 Montreal Canadiens), dies at 82
  • 1996 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies at 71
  • 1996 Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), dies in a practice accident at 37
  • 1996 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 2002 Joe Black, American Negro League and MLB player, dies at 78
  • 2002 László Kubala, Hungarian soccer striker (3 caps Hungary, 6 Czechoslovakia, 19 Spain, 4 Catalonia; FC Barcelona 186 games) and manager (Spain 1969–80), dies at 74

Harmon Killebrew

2011 Harmon Killebrew, American Baseball HOF utility (13 × MLB All-Star; AL MVP 1969; 6 × AL HR leader; Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins), dies from esophageal cancer at 74

  • 2013 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82
  • 2021 Héctor Silva, Argentine rugby union number 8 (24 caps; Los Tilos) and coach (Argentina 1985-87), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2021 Joe Mercer, English thoroughbred race horse jockey (British flat racing Champion Jockey 1979), dies at 86
  • 2022 Larry Lacewell, American college football coach (Arkansas State Uni 1979-89) and administrator (AD Arkansas State; Dallas Cowboys Dir college & pro scouting 1992-2004), dies at 85
  • 2022 Rodri, Spanish soccer defender (4 caps; FC Barcelona) and manager (CD Condal), dies at 88