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Year 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 247

  • Jan 1 82nd Rose Bowl: #17 Southern California beats #3 Northwestern, 41-32
  • Jan 1 62nd Orange Bowl: #6 Florida State beats #8 Notre Dame, 31-26
  • Jan 2 25th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Florida, 62-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

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Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 8 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jan 10 Boston guard Dana Barros sinks a 3-point field goal in his 89th straight game, during the Celtics' 113-104 win over Sacramento Kings; NBA record streak ends in next game when he goes 0 from 9
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27

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Jan 17 Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Jan 18 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • Jan 19 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 20 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Jan 20 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Ottawa Senators set an NHL record with 16th consecutive home game without a win (0-15-1) in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the Palladium; old record (15) shared by 1928 Black Hawks & 1939 Canadiens

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 for her first and only Grand Slam victory after her stabbing

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • Jan 28 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 6th and last career Grand Slam title; beats American Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Jan 29 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • Jan 30 Future Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a 5 year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds & 10 assists

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-13; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF 49ers, WR, HI

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Feb 8 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 11 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 12 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Feb 15 NFL coaching maestro Bill Belichick is fired by Cleveland, finishing his Browns coaching career with a record of 36-44

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Feb 17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
  • Feb 17 Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 First ODI for Kenya national cricket team in Cricket World Cup v India: Sachin Tendulkar scores 127*

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Feb 18 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins his 2nd Great American race ahead of Dale Earnhardt and Ken Schrader
  • Feb 29 Chasing Kenya's 166, the West Indies are dismissed for a dismal 93 in Cricket World Cup at Pune, India; spinner Maurice Odumbe takes 3/15 and fast bowler Rajab Ali 3/17 for Kenya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Mar 2 Despite Sachin Tendulkar's masterful 137 in India's 3 for 272, Sri Lanka wins Cricket World Cup match in Delhi by 6 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya 79, Hashan Tillakaratne 70no
  • Mar 6 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 9 Javed Miandad's last international in Pakistan's Cricket World Cup Quater Final loss to India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in Cricket World Cup Quarter Final

  • Mar 10 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • Mar 10 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • Mar 14 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 16 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • Mar 16 Montreal Canadien's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • Mar 16 England beats Ireland, 28-15 at Twickenham for a second consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown; fly-half Paul Grayson lands 6 penalties, a conversion and drop goal
  • Mar 17 Cricket World Cup, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan: Aravinda de Silva scores 107 no and takes 3/42 as Sri Lanka beats Australia by 7 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya, Player of Series
  • Mar 18 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • Mar 25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • Mar 26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)
  • Mar 29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mar 29 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • Mar 30 NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 149th Grand National: 7/1 favourite Rough Quest, ridden by Irish jockey Mick Fitzgerald wins by 1¼ lengths from Encore Un Peu
  • Mar 31 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia, 83-65; 3 Volunteers in All-Tournament team: Michelle Marciniak, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tiffani Johnson
  • Mar 31 First time in MLB history, the regular season opens in March with Seattle Mariners beating Chicago White Sox, 3-2 in 12 innings at the Kingdome, Seattle
  • Mar 31 Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras: Karnataka (Vijay Bharadwaj 146 of 8/620) beats Tamil Nadu (370) on 1st innings

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Fred Couples shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd PC title, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Colin Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Sport awardGolf Major

Mar 31 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Sheehan wIns by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins and Annika Sörenstam

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Apr 1 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse, 76-67; Wildcats' 6th national championship
  • Apr 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • Apr 1 Veteran American MLB umpire John McSheery dies of heart attack while umpiring on Opening Day at the Cincinnati Reds' Riverfront Stadium; he was 51
  • Apr 2 Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game, a 10-6 win at Minnesota Twins; longest duration in MLB history without a stolen base
  • Apr 2 Sri Lankan cricket batsman Sanath Jayasuriya hits century in 48 balls (134 off 65), in 34 run win over Pakistan in Singapore; world ODI record
  • Apr 2 Vancouver Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-103 at General Motors Place Arena to end their NBA single-season record 23-game consecutive loss streak
  • Apr 3 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • Apr 3 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • Apr 6 Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th event title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

  • Apr 7 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore
  • Apr 8 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 11 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • Apr 13 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • Apr 13 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 60th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Masters and 6th and final major title, 5 strokes ahead of Greg Norman of Australia

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Apr 14 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
  • Apr 15 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya takes centenary men's title in 2:09:15.9; 3-peat for Uta Pippig of Germany in women's race in 2:27:12
  • Apr 19 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • Apr 20 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • Apr 20 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin beats Japan’s Isao Aoki by 2 strokes for his first of 4 Senior PGA Championships
  • Apr 21 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • Apr 24 Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11
  • May 1 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Grindstone, his second Derby victory (1993 Sea Hero)
  • May 8 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • May 8 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: England's Laura Davies wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Julie Piers

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • May 14 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 17 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • May 18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2
  • May 22 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 25 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 11 Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis player (US Open runner-up 2019), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 1 Ye Shiwen, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold 400m [WR 4:28.43] & 200m individual medley 2012; World C'ships gold 200m medley 2011, 19), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Mar 20 Charley Hull, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 2016 runner-up), born in Kettering, England
  • Apr 12 Georgia Hall, British golfer (British Open 2018), born in Bournemouth, England
  • Apr 24 Ashleigh Barty, Australian tennis player (French Open 2019; WTA Finals 2019, World #1 2019), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • May 27 Minjee Lee, Australian golfer (ANA Inspiration 2017 3rd, 5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, West Australia
  • Jul 1 Adelina Sotnikova, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold individual 2014), born Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 20 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 16 Caleb Dressel, American swimmer (7 gold medals World Championships 2017; 6 gold 2019), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida
  • Dec 10 Joe Burrow, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2019; National C'ship 2020, MVP; LSU), born in Ames, Iowa
  • Dec 20 Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Apr 27 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania
  • May 18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

LoveWedding of Interest

May 18 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Jun 22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Jul 14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 8 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 4 Former undisputed boxing heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (34) weds Janice Itson (34) at Glynn Wedding Chapel in nearby Fayetteville

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 16 Golf champ Phil Mickelson (26) weds Amy McBride


Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 22 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • Jan 26 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • Jan 27 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (5 tests for England), dies at 93
  • Jan 28 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), dies at 44
  • Feb 9 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies at 74
  • Feb 14 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • Feb 27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Feb 27 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Feb 27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • Mar 14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • Mar 29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 51
  • Apr 1 John McSheery, American baseball umpire (World Series 1977, 87; MLB All Star Game 1975, 82, 91), dies from cardiac arrest while umpiring on Opening Day at 51
  • Apr 4 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • Apr 18 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Apr 19 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies at 84
  • Apr 21 A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • Apr 21 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Apr 22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • May 2 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • May 3 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), dies of cancer at 45
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 11 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), dies at 73
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies at 71
  • May 17 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • May 19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 26 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 6 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • Jun 11 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • Jun 16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73
  • Jun 23 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), dies from a stroke at 74
  • Jun 29 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), dies at 76
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • Aug 20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), dies at 42
  • Aug 28 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 2 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • Sep 4 Sam Cook, English cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67
  • Sep 14 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner, constructer (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), dies of heart and respiratory disease at 64
  • Oct 4 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (West Indies all-rounder 1969-76), dies of chronic cirrhosis of the liver at 53
  • Oct 12 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • Oct 12 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92

Person of interestToni Stone

Nov 2 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Nov 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72
  • Nov 28 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78

Person of interestPete Rozelle

Dec 6 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Dec 17 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73