On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 5

  • 1931 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1947 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, dies at 30

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1951 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1962 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies at 73
  • 1978 Alfred (Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies at 81
  • 1983 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • 1989 Frank Easton, cricket wicket-keeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • 1993 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), dies at 84
  • 1995 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential world chess champion, dies at 83
  • 1996 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 2000 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2011 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2017 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98