On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 26

  • 1944 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), dies in a motor accident at 46
  • 1954 Lionel Conacher "The Big Train", Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1955 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36
  • 1956 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • 1959 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • 1969 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1974 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1976 Edgar Moon, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1930), dies at 71
  • 1989 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • 1996 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2001 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • 2005 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2009 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 2017 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2017 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2019 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85