On This Day

Deaths in Sport on September 2

Person of interestPheidippides

490 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon

Hero of Athens Pheidippides
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  • 1896 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), 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), 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