On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 27

  • 1947 Ed Konetchy, American MLB player, dies at 61
  • 1953 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), dies at 84
  • 1971 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90

Person of interestEzzard Charles

1975 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

Person of interestMaurice Richard

2000 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and Parkinson's disease at 78

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 2001 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • 2006 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • 2011 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • 2019 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), dies of dementia at 69