On This Day

Deaths in Sport on September 2

Pheidippides

490 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon after he ran from Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory in the battle of Marathon, dies at around 40 [1]

  • 1896 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), dies at 57
  • 1896 Nat Thomson, Australian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket, HS 41; NSW CA), dies at 57
  • 1899 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), dies of effects of carbolic acid at 38
  • 1934 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, dies at 73
  • 1937 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee; President IOC 1896–1925), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1967 Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), dies at 74
  • 1969 Willy Mairesse, Belgian auto racer (13 F1 GP; Nürburgring 1000km 1963; GT Spa GP 1965; Targa Florio 1966), dies from suicide at 40
  • 1985 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • 1991 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • 1994 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • 1996 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • 1997 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 1998 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2006 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2014 Norman Gordon, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 20 wickets; Transvaal), dies at 103
  • 2020 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), dies from a brain tumour at 57
  • 2020 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), dies at 87
  • 2021 David Patten, American football wide receiver (Super Bowl 2001, 04, 05; New England Patriots), dies in a road accident at 47