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Year 2020 in Sports History (Part 4)

Events in Sport


Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 301 - 400 of 435


Person of interestTom Seaver

Aug 31 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Sep 2 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), dies from a brain tumour at 57
  • Sep 2 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Sep 4 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 6 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), dies from multiple myeloma at 81
  • Sep 6 Tom Jernstedt, American Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (NCAA 1972-2010), dies at 75
  • Sep 8 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies from liver disease at 81
  • Sep 9 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 11 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 84
  • Sep 11 Nadhim Shaker, Iraqi soccer defender (57 caps; Al-Tayaran) and coach (Iraq), dies from COVID-19 at 61
  • Sep 14 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), dies at 71
  • Sep 15 Wang Zhiliang, Chinese table tennis player and coach (World Table Tennis C'ships gold, doubles 1963), dies from a stroke at 79
  • Sep 15 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Maharashtra), dies at 86
  • Sep 16 Jack Kelley, American ice hockey coach (Colby College; Boston University 1962-72; NE Whalers), dies at 93
  • Sep 17 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • Sep 20 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), dies at 92
  • Sep 21 Jaime Alves, Portuguese soccer midfielder (3 caps; Boavista), dies at 55
  • Sep 21 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County 2002-06), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), dies at 82
  • Sep 22 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), dies from pneumonia at 84

Person of interestGale Sayers

Sep 23 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Sep 23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • Sep 23 Bobby Wilson, English tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1960 runner-up), dies at 84
  • Sep 24 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), dies from cardiac arrest at 59
  • Sep 24 Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), dies of brain cancer at 46
  • Sep 28 Hiroki Yuhara, Japanese rugby union hooker (22 caps; Toshiba Brave Lupus), dies at 36
  • Sep 29 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), dies at 101
  • Sep 29 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1968, 70; NL MVP 1968; 9 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Oct 2 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), dies at 64
  • Oct 2 Ron Perranoski, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; AL saves leader 1969, 70; LA Dodgers) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), dies at 84

Person of interestWhitey Ford

Oct 8 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), dies from dementia at 91

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 10 Vasili Kulkov, Russian soccer defensive utility (20 caps Soviet Union, 21 Russia; Spartak Moscow, Benfica), dies from cancer at 54

Person of interestJoe Morgan

Oct 11 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • Oct 11 Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), dies at 76
  • Oct 11 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), dies at 90
  • Oct 12 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), dies at 78
  • Oct 13 Augusto Matine, Portuguese soccer midfielder (9 caps; Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal) and manager (Mozambique national team), dies at 73
  • Oct 14 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), dies at 92
  • Oct 14 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • Oct 15 Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), dies at 89
  • Oct 16 Rodolfo Fischer, Argentine soccer striker (35 caps; San Lorenzo 271 games), dies at 76
  • Oct 16 Andrzej Pogorzelski, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (Speedway World Team Cup gold 1965, 66, 69), dies at 82
  • Oct 20 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 20 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 20 Bill Mathis, American football halfback (AFL All Star 1961, 63; New York Titans/Jets), dies at 81
  • Oct 21 Gordon Astall, English soccer forward (2 caps; Birmingham City 235 games, 59 goals), dies from dementia at 93
  • Oct 22 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70
  • Oct 23 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), dies from cancer at 75
  • Oct 23 W. C. Gorden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Jackson State University 1976-91, record 119–48–5), dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • Oct 29 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby union winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1976, 78), dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80
  • Oct 30 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), dies from dementia at 78
  • Oct 30 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies from COVID-19 at 81
  • Oct 31 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • Nov 1 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • Nov 2 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), dies of Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Nov 3 Don Talbot AO OBE, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87
  • Nov 8 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97
  • Nov 9 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), dies at 78
  • Nov 10 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), dies at 73
  • Nov 10 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), dies at 83
  • Nov 11 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), dies from respiratory failure at 83
  • Nov 12 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75
  • Nov 13 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), dies at 79
  • Nov 13 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60; Green Bay Packers), dies from dementia complications at 84
  • Nov 13 Jim Pace, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 1996), dies from COVID-19 at 59
  • Nov 15 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Nov 15 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87
  • Nov 17 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), dies from head injuries in a fall at 75
  • Nov 20 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), dies from pancreatic and liver cancer at 61
  • Nov 20 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), dies at 87
  • Nov 21 Ricky Yacobi, Indonesian soccer striker (31 caps; Arseto Solo, Matsushita), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 22 Ray Prosser, Welsh rugby union prop (22 caps Wales, 1 British & Irish Lions; Pontypool) and coach (Pontypool RFC 1969-87), dies at 93
  • Nov 22 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Nov 23 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 24 Christophe Dominici, French rugby union winger (65 caps; Stade Français), dies from suicide at 48

Person of interestDiego Maradona

Nov 25 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Nov 25 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), dies at 67
  • Nov 25 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), dies at 71
  • Nov 26 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), dies at 84
  • Nov 27 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63
  • Nov 28 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 29 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 42
  • Nov 29 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 1 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), dies at 88
  • Dec 1 Arnie Robinson Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1976; bronze 1972), dies from a brain tumor at 72
  • Dec 1 Denis Menke, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1969, 70; Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 80
  • Dec 2 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), dies from stroke complications at 86
  • Dec 5 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83