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, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Stanley Cup 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons) and politician (MP Trinity), dies from a heart attack at 54

Alberto Ascari

1955 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36

  • 1956 Al Simmons, American Baseball HOF outfielder (career BA .334; 3 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL batting champion 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1959 Ed Walsh, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), 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 soccer forward (6 caps; Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds) and manager (Leeds, England, UAE), dies from MND at 61
  • 1996 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 1998 Charlie White American professional baseball catcher (Philadelphia Stars; Milwaukee Braves), dies at 70
  • 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 rugby union winger (1 Test; London Irish RFC), soccer striker (FAI 10 caps; Ireland 3 caps) and administrator (International Olympic Committee 1976-94), dies at 86
  • 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)

Jim Bunning

2017 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame MLB pitcher, 1955-71 (9X All-Star; perfect game 1964; no-hitter 1958; Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies), and politician (US Senator from Kentucky, 1999-2011; US Representative, 1987-99), 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
  • 2021 Tarcisio Burgnich, Italian soccer defender (66 caps; Internazionale 358 games) and manager (Como, Genoa), dies at 82