On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1992

  • Jan 1 M. J. Frankovich, American football player & film producer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Ken Grieves, Australian cricketer (NSW & Lancashire leg-spin all-rounder), dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (b. 1919)
  • Jan 13 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81

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Jan 31 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

American Football Player Mel Hein
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Mel Hein
  • Feb 7 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • Feb 12 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, Dutch boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), dies
  • Feb 14 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic bronze 1948/silver-52), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Apr 2 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), dies in car crash at 37
  • Apr 4 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • Apr 13 Stuart Surridge, English cricketer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 69

  • May 6 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 71
  • May 8 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies at 70
  • May 12 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), dies from lymphatic cancer at 68
  • May 14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), dies of cancer at 43
  • May 15 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • May 17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • May 25 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • Jun 4 Carl Stotz, founder (baseball's little league), dies at 82
  • Jun 6 Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), dies in a motorcycle accident at 46
  • Jun 7 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • Jun 15 Eddie Lopat, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Leo Halle, soccer goalie (Go Ahead, Orange), dies
  • Jun 19 Kitty Godfree, English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Jun 24 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), dies at 82
  • Jun 25 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • Jun 28 Mikhail Tai, World chess champion (1960-61), dies at 55
  • Jul 7 Josy Barthel, Luxembourgish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 65
  • Jul 7 Clint Frank, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1937; unanimous All-American 1937; Yale), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFLer (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 76
  • Jul 16 "Gorgeous" George, [Arena], wrestler, dies at 84

  • Jul 16 Buck Buchanan, NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), dies at 51
  • Jul 16 Johnny Martin, cricketer (NSW & Australian chinaman bowler), dies
  • Aug 1 Stanley Dudek, US platform diver (watershows), dies
  • Aug 8 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • Aug 13 Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident
  • Sep 1 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954, Ryder Cup 1949, 55), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 77
  • Sep 5 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), dies at 70
  • Sep 7 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports Fund), dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Frank McKinney, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley), dies in a mid-air collision between 2 aircraft at 53
  • Sep 14 S A Banerjee, cricketer (1 Test for India 1948, no runs, 5 wkts), dies
  • Sep 20 K W Stackpole, cricketer (good Victorian batsman), dies
  • Sep 22 Aurelio L√≥pez, Mexican baseball player (b. 1948)
  • Sep 23 Bernice Gera, American 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies of cancer at 61
  • Oct 4 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), dies of a heart attack driving in Bathurst 1,000 at 56
  • Oct 6 Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (great leggie, 774 wickets at 16 60), dies
  • Oct 22 Red Barber, sportscaster (Dodgers, Yankees), dies at 84
  • Oct 26 Dottie Green, female baseball player (Peaches), dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 27 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (143 runs for WI, 35725 runs overall), dies at 62
  • Nov 5 Arpad Elo, Hungarian physicist (chess classification system), dies at 89
  • Nov 8 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), dies
  • Nov 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, dies at 71
  • Nov 14 Earnest FH Happel, East German soccer/trainer/coach, dies
  • Nov 14 Joop Van Nellen, soccer/trainer (DHC/"We go to Rome!"), dies
  • Dec 9 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • Dec 10 Dan Maskell, English tennis commentator (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (29 wkts for India, best 9-69 v Aust), dies at 68
  • Dec 16 Rinus Terlouw, Dutch soccer player/trainer (Sparta), dies
  • Dec 23 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • Dec 28 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), dies at 75