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Deaths in Sport in 1990

  • Jan 1 Joe Hardstaff Jr., English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 1,636 runs @ 46.74), dies at 78

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

Jan 7 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jan 7 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), dies at 82
  • Jan 26 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Feb 2 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
  • Feb 14 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • Feb 17 Hap Day, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1932 [captain], 42, 45, 47, 48, 1949 [coach], 1951 [assistant manager]; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Feb 27 Les Ames, English cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (47 Tests, 97 dismissals, 2,434 runs @ 40.56), dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • Feb 28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • Mar 4 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • Mar 11 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 15 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • Mar 20 Jev Jasjin, Russian soccer goalie, dies at 60
  • Mar 20 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 31 John Hawkes, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles, doubles, mixed doubles 1926), dies at 90
  • Apr 1 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • Apr 11 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club owner and executive (b. 1903)
  • May 15 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), dies at 81
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • Jun 12 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), dies at 59
  • Jun 18 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (scored 96 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 76
  • Jul 8 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies at 61
  • Jul 12 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager, dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 87
  • Aug 9 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Aug 10 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • Aug 31 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • Aug 31 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • Sep 6 Leonard Hutton, cricketer (79 Tests for England, 6971 runs), dies
  • Oct 4 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee, dies at 56
  • Oct 19 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), dies at 73
  • Oct 22 Frank Sinkwich, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1942, U of Georgia; NFL Draft #1 pick Detroit Lions 1943; NFL MVP 1944), dies at 70
  • Nov 11 Attilio Demaría, Argentinian footballer (b. 1909)
  • Nov 15 Alydar, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Nov 23 Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37
  • Nov 24 Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 25 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • Dec 6 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), dies at 74

Person of interestAlice Marble

Dec 13 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), dies of pernicious anaemia at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Dec 23 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies at 64
  • Dec 31 George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies