Deaths in Sport on May 31

  • 1908 C L "Boy" Johnson, Irish-born South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies at 37
  • 1955 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36

Terry Sawchuk

1970 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries at 40

  • 1971 Bert Ironmonger, Australian cricket spin bowler (14 Tests; 74 wickets @ 17.97; Queensland, Victoria), dies at 89
  • 1978 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • 1979 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), dies at 54

Jack Dempsey

1983 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

  • 1989 C. L. R. James [Cyril Lionel Robert James], Trinidadian historian (The Black Jacobins), journalist, intellectual and socialist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 1994 Doug Freeman, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Wellington), dies at 79
  • 1998 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 2002 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), dies at 72
  • 2003 Billy Wade, South African cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 17 dismissals; Natal), dies at 88
  • 2011 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • 2011 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 91
  • 2020 Bob Bennett, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Fresno State 1970-2002; record 1,302-759-4), dies at 86
  • 2021 Colin Appleton, English soccer midfielder (Leicester City 277 games) and manager (Hull City, Swansea City, Exeter City), dies at 85
  • 2021 Leon Burtnett, American college football coach (Purdue University 1982-86; Big Ten Coach of the Year 1984), dies at 78
  • 2021 Mike Marshall, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1974, 75; NL Cy Young Award 1974; Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves), dies at 78
  • 2022 Jim Parks, English cricket wicketkeeper (46 Tests, 114 dismissals, 2 x 100, 9 x 50, HS 108no; Sussex CCC, Somerset CCC), dies at 90