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Deaths in Sport in 1988

  • Jan 3 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • Jan 5 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • Mar 6 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), dies from leukemia at 54
  • Mar 8 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • Mar 29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in West Indian cricket history), dies
  • Apr 24 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • May 1 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide

  • Jun 14 Johnny Farrell, American golfer (US Open 1928), dies of a stroke at 87
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 David Tobey, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (1918-45; first game with a 3-man officiating crew), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Aug 13 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer, team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), dies of colon cancer at 68
  • Aug 14 Enzo Ferrari, Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • Aug 25 Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, dies at 87
  • Aug 28 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • Sep 3 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), dies at 76
  • Oct 13 Mike Venezia, jockey, dies in 5th-race fall at Belmont Race Track, NY
  • Oct 14 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), dies at 69
  • Oct 24 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • Nov 9 David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), dies at 64

Person of interestCarl Hubbell

Nov 21 Carl Hubbell, American baseball pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA, dies at 85

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • Nov 27 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies at 93
  • Dec 29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, dies at 48