Deaths in Sport on May 31

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

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

1970 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1971 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • 1978 J√≥zsef Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • 1979 Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies

Person of interestJack Dempsey

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1989 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • 1994 Doug Freeman, cricketer (2 Tests of leg-spin for NZ 1933), dies
  • 1995 Tim Mara, owner (NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1998 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)