On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 1987

  • Jan 2 Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist & team director (Frimatic - Viva, Miko, Sem - France Loire), dies at 64
  • Jan 4 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 5 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • Jan 8 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicket-keeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), dies at 60
  • Jan 10 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • Feb 2 Carlos Castilho, Brazilian soccer goalkeeper (25 caps; Fluminense FC 697 games) and manager (Santos FC, SE Palmeiras), dies by suicide at 59
  • Feb 5 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • Feb 9 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Milford "Curly" Page, New Zealand cricket batsman & captain (14 Tests, 1 x 100, 2x 50, 5 wickets) and rugby union halfback (Canterbury RU), dies at 84
  • Mar 9 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • Mar 12 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Mar 15 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89
  • Apr 1 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (French Open 1926, 28, 30, 32; Wimbledon 1927, 29; US Open 1928), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • Apr 12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • May 1 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • May 3 Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • May 13 Ron Saggers, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's), dies at 69
  • Jun 11 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), dies at 75
  • Jun 14 Les Favell, cricketer (757 runs for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • Jun 16 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • Jun 24 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies at 76
  • Jun 24 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), dies at 76
  • Jun 26 Glen Hall, South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 30 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 78
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Aug 23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 26 John Goddard, West Indian cricket all-rounder and captain (27 Tests @ 30.67; 33 wickets; Barbados), dies at 68
  • Sep 5 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies at 79
  • Oct 17 Roderich Menzel, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 1938 runner-up; US Open mixed doubles 1935 runner-up), dies at 80
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76
  • Nov 16 Jim Brewer, American baseball relief pitcher (World Series 1965; MLB All Star 1973; LA Dodgers), dies of injuries suffered in car accident at 50

Jacques Anquetil

Nov 18 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), dies of stomach cancer at 53

  • Nov 27 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 8 José Casanova, Peruvian soccer midfielder (10 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 23
  • Dec 8 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 59
  • Dec 8 José González, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (20 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 33
  • Dec 22 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80