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Deaths in Sport in 1983

  • Jan 17 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), dies at 70
  • Jan 20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49
  • Jan 23 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor (quick release skewer patent; founder bicycle component company Campagnolo), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • Mar 13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • Apr 4 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72

  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 28 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • May 2 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • May 20 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), dies at 87
  • May 25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

May 31 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 1 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, dies at 56
  • Jul 14 Jack MacBryan, cricketer (Test for England 1924), dies
  • Jul 27 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistani left-arm quick 1965), dies
  • Jul 28 Alec Marks, cricketer (good NSW batsman 1928-37), dies
  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 12 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • Sep 1 Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 7 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Sep 8 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • Oct 18 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • Oct 26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80

Person of interestGeorge Halas

Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

Nov 8 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • Nov 15 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), dies of car accident injuries at 70
  • Nov 30 George Headley, cricket (10 tons in 22 Tests, 1st black WI capt), dies
  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • Dec 3 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), dies at 84
  • Dec 4 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies