On This Day

Deaths in Sport on November 28

James Naismith

1939 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

  • 1945 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • 1985 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • 1995 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • 1996 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 2003 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2010 Gil McDougald, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2020 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 2021 François Moncla, French rugby union flanker (31 Tests; Racing 92, Section Paloise), dies at 89
  • 2021 Frank Williams, British businessman, racing team owner (Principal Williams Formula 1 team 1977-2020; 9 x F1 Constructors' C'ships, 7 x Drivers' C'ships), dies at 79
  • 2021 Lee Elder, American golfer (first African-American to play in the US Masters; 4 PGA Tour titles), dies at 87