Deaths in Sport in 1989

  • Jan 9 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 15 Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • Feb 10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 17 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • Feb 21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 24 Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Mar 18 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • Apr 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86

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Apr 12 Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Apr 14 Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies
  • May 5 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • May 26 Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
  • May 31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • Jun 2 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies
  • Jun 3 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • Jun 7 Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • Jun 7 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Jun 17 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Jun 21 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), dies at 56
  • Jun 22 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympics-gold-56, 60), dies at 66
  • Jul 15 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 18 Donnie Moore, pitcher (Angels), shoots himself at 35
  • Aug 12 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Aug 13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS
  • Aug 18 Bert Oosterbosch, cyclist, dies
  • Aug 22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 1 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale University and baseball commissioner, dies of heart attack at 51
  • Sep 3 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Sep 10 Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (32 Tests for WI), murdered
  • Sep 14 Edwin McLeod, cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies
  • Sep 15 Harry Cave, cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies
  • Sep 19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 20 Richie Ginther, American racing driver (b. 1930)
  • Sep 29 A A Busch Jr, brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • Oct 4 Norman Yardley, cricketer (England captain 1947-50), dies
  • Oct 4 Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)
  • Oct 26 Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • Nov 13 Victor Davis, Canadian swimmer (b. 1964)
  • Nov 22 Rajindernath, Indian cricketer wicketkeeper (1 Test), dies
  • Nov 25 Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Fiji cricketer/Gov-General, dies
  • Nov 29 George Oswald Browning "Gubby" Allen, cricketer, dies
  • Dec 16 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 25 Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61

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Dec 26 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey