Deaths in Sport in 1985

  • Jan 9 Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 10 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 73
  • Mar 2 John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57

Person of interestEddie Shore

Mar 16 Eddie Shore, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a lung infection at 82

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies
  • Apr 5 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)
  • May 2 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • May 6 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • May 11 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • May 29 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • Jun 10 Bob Prince, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
  • Jun 10 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 15 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • Jun 15 Percy Fender, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies at 92
  • Jun 15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 23 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies
  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 1 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Oct 13 Jack Wilson, Australian cricketer (Test for Australia, 0-39 & 1-25, DNB), dies at 64
  • Oct 24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver, dies in a car crash at 44
  • Oct 31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • Nov 8 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1899)
  • Nov 10 Pelle Lindbergh, goalie (Philadelphia Flyers), dies in drunk driving accident
  • Nov 19 Lall Singh, cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • Nov 21 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies
  • Nov 25 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92

Person of interestRoger Maris

Dec 14 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies