On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 7

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

1915 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37

  • 1946 Joe Humphries, English cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies at 69
  • 1953 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies at 68
  • 1967 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)

Craig Wood

1968 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • 2001 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • 2002 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Tristan Egolf, American writer (Lord of The Barnyard; Skirt and the Fiddle), takes his own life at 33
  • 2005 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (13 caps; Emelec), dies in a car accident at 25
  • 2007 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2009 Tony Marsh, English auto racer (record 6 x British Hill Climb Championship), dies from breathing complications at 77

Seve Ballesteros

2011 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

  • 2013 George Sauer, Jr., American football wide receiver (AFL All Star 1996-99; Super Bowl 1969; New York Jets), dies from heart failure at 69
  • 2016 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer, commits suicide at 27
  • 2020 Brian Bolus, English cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 41.33; Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire), dies at 86
  • 2020 Mike Storen, American sports executive (Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks; ABA Commissioner 1973-76), dies from cancer at 84
  • 2021 Martín Pando, Argentine soccer forward (11 caps; Argentinos Juniors, River Plate), dies at 86