On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 22

  • 1954 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • 1966 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (5th most 1st class wickets; 8 Tests), dies at 65
  • 1975 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 1994 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2004 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2015 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • 2017 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • 2018 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97