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Year 2004 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 90th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Michigan, 28-14
  • Jan 1 70th Orange Bowl: #10 Miami (FL) beats #9 Florida State, 16-14
  • Jan 1 St. Louis head coach Joel Quenneville records his 300th NHL win with the Blues, a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Savvis Center, St. Louis; Quenneville is Blues coaching games and wins leader
  • Jan 2 33rd Fiesta Bowl: #7 Ohio State beats #8 Kansas State, 35-28
  • Jan 3 Panthers kicker John Kasay ties NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 4 College Football, 6th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14 at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lindsay Davenport & James Blake beat Slovakian pair Daniela Hantuchová & Karol Kučera 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-1 win, and 3rd American title
  • Jan 11 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • Jan 11 Washington Capitols' German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers
  • Jan 13 Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts become first teammates in NHL history to play their 1,000th NHL game on the same night as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Calgary Flames, 4-1
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 24-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3
  • Jan 21 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks
  • Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win her only Australian title

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 1 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins his first Australian title; beats Marat Safin of Russia 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Feb 8 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 55-52; MVP: Mark Bulger, St. Louis Rams, QB, HI

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 8 54th NHL All-Star Game, Xcel Energy Centre, Saint Paul, MN: East beats West, 6-4; MVP: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, C

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 15 53rd NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 136-132; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Feb 15 46th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins exactly 6 years to the day after his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his first and only Daytona 500 in 1998
  • Feb 16 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Mar 2 Saint Joseph's Hawks finish their college basketball season with an 82-50 win over St. Bonaventure; Hawks undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record in A-10 East Conference
  • Mar 2 Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Indianapolis Colts sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus; largest package to date in the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Mar 13 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Mar 14 51st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats #5 Duke, 95-87
  • Mar 14 45th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 89-73
  • Mar 27 France beats England, 24-21 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; England earns the Triple Crown
  • Mar 28 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Grace Park wins her only major title by 1 stroke, sinking a 6-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole; fellow South Korean Aree Song is runner-up
  • Mar 28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 23-year old Australian Adam Scott holds on for his 2nd PGA Tour title, 1 stroke ahead of Irishman Pádraig Harrington
  • Mar 31 Australian swimmer Lisbeth Lenton breaks Inge de Bruijn's 4-year old 100m freestyle women's world record in 53.66s at the Australian Olympic trials in Sydney
  • Mar 31 With a 12-1 defeat of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, NY Yankees starter Kevin Brown becomes only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 teams
  • Apr 3 157th Grand National: Graham Lee wins aboard Amberleigh House; trainer Ginger McCain's equal record 4th GN victory

  • Apr 5 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech, 82-73; Huskies' forward Emeka Okafor named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 6 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-61; UConn's Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd straight year

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 68th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Phil Mickelson claims his first major title with a birdie on the final hole to win by 1 stroke over Ernie Els of South Africa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing his godfather Willie Mays on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Apr 19 108th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Timothy Cherigat takes men's title in 2:10:37; Catherine Ndereba wins her 3rd women's event in 2:24:27

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • May 1 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
  • May 1 Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game during 6-3 defeat of Florida in SF

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Laureus World Sports Awards, Cultural Centre of Belém, Lisbon, Portugal: Sportsman: Michael Schumacher; Sportswoman: Annika Sörenstam; Team: England Men's National Rugby Union team

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • May 15 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59
  • May 18 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2
  • May 22 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • May 22 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: ACT Brumbies claim their 2nd title with a 47-38 win over Canterbury Crusaders; Brumbies wingers Mark Gerrard (3) and Joe Roff (2) combine for 5 tries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,350): Manchester United beats Millwall, 3-0; Ruud van Nistelrooy scores 2 and Cristiano Ronaldo 1 in Red Devils' 11th title win

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • May 26 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Jun 5 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Anastasia Myskina wins her lone major title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2
  • Jun 6 French Open Men's Tennis: Gastón Gaudio of Argentina beats countryman Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 for his lone major title
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Calgary Flames, 2-1 for 4-3 series win; Tampa Bay's 1st-ever appearance in final
  • Jun 13 50th LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam goes back-to-back by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Shi Hyun Ahn
  • Jun 15 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson
  • Jun 24 NBA Draft: Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy power forward Dwight Howard first pick by Orlando Magic

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova becomes first Russian player to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins the second of 5 straight Wimbledon singles titles beating American Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4
  • Jul 4 UEFA European Championship Final, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal: In a huge upset Greece beats host nation Portugal, 1-0

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 4 US Open Women's Golf, Orchards GC: Meg Mallon shoots final round 65 (−6) to win her second US title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Annika Sörenstam of Sweden

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Jul 11 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Legends on the Niagara GC: Meg Mallon wins by 4 strokes from Beth Daniel
  • Jul 11 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Englishman Mark James wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from José Maria Cañizares of Spain
  • Jul 13 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Todd Hamilton wins his only major title, defeating 2002 champion Ernie Els of South Africa by a stroke in a 4-hole playoff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 91st Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 25 Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional, Lima: Brazil beats Argentina, 4-2 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time
  • Aug 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Bellerive GC: Peter Jacobson wins by 1 shot from 2-time champion Hale Irwin
  • Aug 1 British Open Women's Golf, Sunningdale: England's Karen Stupples wins her lone major title, 5 shots ahead of runner-up Rachel Teske of Australia
  • Aug 3 St. Louis 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons as Cardinals beat Montreal, 10-6
  • Aug 7 Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux enters the history books with his 300th career win in the Chicago's 8-4 triumph v San Francisco at SBC Park

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 8 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Aug 13 28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 14 The Australian women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Alice Mills, Lisbeth Lenton, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smash the world record to take gold in 3:35.94 at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • Aug 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins his 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with Chris DiMarco & Justin Leonard
  • Aug 15 South African 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend & Ryk Neethling smash the world record with 3:13.17 at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 16 Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe wins the men's 200m freestyle in Olympic record 1:44.71, giving him the 200/400m freestyle double at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 17 Yana Klochkova of the Ukraine wins the 200m individual medley in 2:11.14 at the Athens Olympics to wrap up the 200/400m medley double
  • Aug 18 Shot put event at the Athens Olympics held in Ancient Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games; first time women ever compete in venue; Yumileidi Cumbá of Cuba wins women's gold; American Adam Nelson men's gold
  • Aug 18 US women's 4 × 200m freestyle relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer & Kaitlin Sandeno smash long-standing world record set by GDR in 1987 to win gold at the Athens Olympics (7:53.42)
  • Aug 18 Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima wraps up the 100/200m breaststroke double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m in 2:09.44, an Olympic record
  • Aug 18 Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal in 48.17 ahead of Roland Schoeman of South Africa at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 19 US gymnast Carly Patterson becomes the 2nd American woman to win the all-around gold medal, and 1st to win at a non-boycotted Olympic games, when she takes gold in Athens

OlympicsOlympic Games

Aug 19 American swimmer Michael Phelps wraps up the 200/400m individual medley double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m (1:57.14 OR) ahead of team mate Ryan Lochte

Swimmer Michael Phelps
Swimmer
Michael Phelps
Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte
  • Aug 19 American swimmer Aaron Peirsol wins the men's 200m backstroke in Olympic record 1:54.95, giving him the 100/200m backstroke double at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 19 Australian swimmer Jodie Henry records 53.84 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal ahead of Dutch star Inge de Bruijn at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 20 Ethiopian runners Kenenisa Bekele (27:05.10 OR) and Sileshi Sihine go 1-2 in the 10,000m at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 20 American swimmer Michael Phelps wraps up the 100/200m butterfly double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 100m (51.25 OR) ahead of team mate Ian Croker
  • Aug 21 The archery competition concludes at the Athens Olympics with South Korea dominant with 3 of 4 gold medals; venue is the Panathenaic Stadium, in which the 1896 games were held
  • Aug 21 Belarusian sprinter Yulia Nestsiarenka runs 10.93 to beat American Lauryn Williams and win the 100m gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 21 Nicolás Massú & Fernando González win the men's doubles tennis at the Athens Olympics beating German pair Nicolas Kiefer & Rainer Schüttler in 5 sets; it's Chile's first Olympic gold medal
  • Aug 21 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 6th gold medal of the Athens Olympics even though he doesn't swim the final of men's 4 x 100m medley relay; US wins in world record 3:30.68
  • Aug 21 The Australian women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Giaan Rooney, Leisel Jones, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smashes the world record to take gold in 3:57.32 at the Athens Olympics
  • Aug 21 South Africa clinch their 2nd Tri Nations Rugby Series on points differential with a 23-19 win over Australia in Durban; Wallabies score 3 tries to 2, but Percy Montgomery lands 5 goals for Springboks
  • Aug 22 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Mizuki Noguchi of Japan wins women's gold in 2:26:20

Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • Mar 3 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Tennis player Ilie Năstase (57) weds fashion model Amalia Teodosescu

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 6 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • Jun 20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), dies at 69
  • Jan 3 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), dies at 69
  • Jan 5 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • Jan 5 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies at 66
  • Jan 6 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • Jan 9 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31
  • Jan 15 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1,435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), dies at 98
  • Jan 17 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Jan 19 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • Jan 20 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Jan 24 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 25 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jan 26 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90
  • Feb 2 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 85
  • Feb 14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • Feb 17 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 78
  • Feb 21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • Mar 2 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • Mar 8 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), dies at 82
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver, dies at 86
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64
  • May 22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • Jun 8 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 78
  • Jun 27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • Jul 5 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • Aug 14 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • Aug 27 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • Sep 28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • Sep 30 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44
  • Oct 10 Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Oct 11 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • Oct 20 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • Oct 26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • Oct 27 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • Oct 28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 2 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Nov 6 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • Nov 8 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, dies at 75
  • Nov 8 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), dies at 34
  • Nov 17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63
  • Nov 29 Harry Danning, American baseball player, dies at 93
  • Nov 30 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), dies at 73
  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • Dec 12 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, dies at 88