On This Day

Deaths in Sport on May 9

  • 1915 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), dies of gunshot wounds at 28
  • 1915 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), dies on the Western Front at 31
  • 1927 Tommy Routledge, South African cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies at 60
  • 1942 Graham McNamee, American early sportscaster (1st Rose Bowl), dies at 53
  • 1945 Clem Hill, Australian cricketer (49 Tests for Australia 1896-1912), dies
  • 1957 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, NY Met Opera), dies at 64
  • 1981 Nip Pellew, Australian cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies at 87
  • 1995 Percy Mansell, South African cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies at 75
  • 1997 Bob Devaney, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship, University of Nebraska 1970, 71; University of Wyoming; career record 136–30–7), dies at 82
  • 2002 Dan Devine, American football coach, dies at 77
  • 2008 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79
  • 2009 Chuck Daley, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2011 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist, dies at 26
  • 2013 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
  • 2014 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • 2016 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) & president (MCC), dies at 88
  • 2018 Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35