On This Day

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
  • 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
  • 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 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

2011 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 2013 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82