On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1986

  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61
  • Jan 1 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard & coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), dies at 96

Person of interestBill Veeck

Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73

Person of interestJacques Plante

Feb 27 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 5 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), dies at 90
  • Mar 6 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies at 69
  • Apr 6 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), dies at 84
  • Apr 23 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), dies from complications of gall bladder surgery at 64
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • May 2 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver (3 x World Rally C'ship round wins for Talbot, Opel, Porsche, Lancia), dies in a rally accident at 29

  • May 11 Fritz Pollard, American football player, dies at 92
  • May 15 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • Jun 2 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • Jun 13 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), dies at 71
  • Jun 15 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter at 75
  • Jun 19 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft) dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • Jun 26 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • Jun 27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • Jul 2 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • Jul 18 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74) dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1932-36), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Theodore H "Ted" Lyons, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), dies at 85
  • Jul 28 Syd Curnow, South African cricketer (168 runs in 7 Tests), dies
  • Jul 28 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), dies at 74
  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102

Person of interestChuck McKinley

Aug 11 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (1963 Wimbledon), dies of a brain tumour at 45

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Aug 29 Ellis Achong, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer 1st person of Chinese descent to play a test match (West Indies 1933-35), dies 82

Person of interestHank Greenberg

Sep 4 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Oct 3 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Oct 8 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), dies at 67
  • Oct 11 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), dies at 51
  • Oct 26 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), dies at 89
  • Nov 10 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and referee (b. 1903)
  • Nov 10 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), dies at 82
  • Nov 22 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), dies at 65
  • Dec 1 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)