On This Day

Deaths in Sport on September 5

  • 1931 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • 1961 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • 1966 Dezs┼Ĺ Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • 1970 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • 1971 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 63
  • 1971 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • 1972 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • 1973 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (b. 1889)
  • 1976 A E R Gilligan, cricketer (11 Tests for England 1922-25), dies
  • 1987 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies at 79
  • 1992 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 83
  • 1996 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • 2001 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • 2010 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2013 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • 2015 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93