Deaths in Sport in 1983

  • Jan 20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Fred Bakewell, cricketer (dashing England bat of 30s, 6 Tests), dies
  • Jan 26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies
  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 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 at 58
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American football player (b. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • Apr 23 Buster Crabbe, 400m US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), dies at 73
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 28 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101
  • May 1 V N Swamy, Indian cricket pace bowler (without distinction), dies
  • May 2 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)

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May 31 Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 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 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 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, cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies

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

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas

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Nov 8 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player, dies at 72

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • Nov 30 George Headley, cricket (10 tons in 22 Tests, 1st black WI capt), dies
  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies