On This Day

Deaths in Sport on April 13

  • 1971 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • 1980 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver, dies at 23
  • 1983 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • 1992 Stuart Surridge, English cricketer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • 1997 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • 1997 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; 9 wickets, 1 x 50; Barbados), dies at 83
  • 1998 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38
  • 1999 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player, dies at 74
  • 2000 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • 2002 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • 2004 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • 2005 Don Blasingame, American baseball player, dies at 73
  • 2006 Bill Baker, American baseball player, dies at 95
  • 2009 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • 2009 Bruce Snyder, American college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), dies from melanoma at 69
  • 2009 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", dies at 54
  • 2021 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), dies at 88