On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 6

  • 1949 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49
  • 1978 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), dies at 76
  • 1985 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • 1991 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1992 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 71
  • 1995 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
  • 2003 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), dies at 83
  • 2014 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • 2017 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold, 2010), dies in his sleep, with mix of alcohol and prescription medication found in his blood, at 37
  • 2018 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • 2019 Seymour Nurse, West Indian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 47.60, 6 x 100; TS 258; Barbados), dies at 85
  • 2020 Steve Blackmore, Welsh rugby union prop (4 caps; Cardiff RFC), dies from a brain tumour at 58