On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 8

  • 1965 Wally Hardinge, English cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies at 79
  • 1975 Avery Brundage, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), dies at 87
  • 1976 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • 1981 Maurice Fernandes, West Indian cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v England), dies at 83
  • 1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • 1984 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies at 70
  • 2005 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, dies at 23
  • 2008 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball outfielder, 1940-53 (Boston Red Sox), co-founder of New England Patriots, dies at 92
  • 2011 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (WBA, WBC, The Ring bantamweight title 1968-69; first Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • 2018 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • 2021 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian soccer centre-back (77 caps; CSKA Sofia, Saint-Étienne), dies from cancer at 62