Deaths in Sport in 1991

  • Jan 3 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies

Person of interestRed Grange

Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of parkinson's disease at 87

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • Feb 1 Phil Watson, NHL coach (NY Rangers), dies
  • Feb 8 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
  • Feb 13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • Feb 15 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

Mar 7 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Mar 9 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • Mar 19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (Test avg 48 22, 1st-class avg 65 18), dies
  • Apr 9 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • May 3 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), dies at 68
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • May 14 Alad├ír Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • Jun 3 Thomas C Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • Jun 8 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • Jun 15 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • Jun 28 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (12 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 3 Jimmy [James Henry] Van Alen, American tennis official who created Simplified Scoring System for tennis, dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jul 18 Harold Butler, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1947-48, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jul 21 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • Jul 24 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • Jul 27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89

Person of interestPaul Brown

Aug 5 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies of pneumonia at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Aug 7 Shotzie, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • Aug 8 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • Aug 11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • Aug 14 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • Aug 24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • Sep 2 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • Sep 6 Bob Goldham, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1922)
  • Sep 10 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 83
  • Sep 13 Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

Oct 7 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • Nov 12 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Nov 21 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • Nov 21 Prior Jones, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52), dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Sonny Werblin, NY sports impresario, dies at 81
  • Nov 26 Bob Johnson, US hockey coach (Pittsburgh Penguins), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (9 Tests for NZ 1962-65), dies at 64
  • Dec 5 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • Dec 12 Ken Keltner, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • Dec 14 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Dec 15 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 18 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • Dec 25 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), dies at 59