On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 29

  • 1933 Frank Sugg, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888), dies
  • 1972 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1978 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago WS), dies at 75
  • 1985 39 people die in a confrontation at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium when Juventus and Italian fans are crushed against a wall escaping a breach by Liverpool fans
  • 1993 Billy Conn, American boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 1998 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), dies at 70
  • 2003 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • 2007 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2011 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • 2015 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • 2015 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • 2020 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2020 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), dies at 82
  • 2020 Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), dies from COVID-19 at 79