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Deaths in Sport in 1994

  • Jan 5 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Charles "Chub" Feeney, baseball pres (National League), dies at 72
  • Jan 17 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • Jan 20 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), dies from cancer at 84
  • Jan 29 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • Feb 5 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • Feb 9 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • Feb 11 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, dies at 47
  • Feb 11 Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23
  • Feb 19 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • Feb 20 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • Feb 24 Dinah Shore, singer, golf major host (Nabisco DS Championship), dies of cancer at 76
  • Feb 25 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Person of interestJersey Joe

Feb 25 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

  • Mar 1 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), dies at 80
  • Mar 3 Bob Crisp, South African cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 20 wickets at 37 35), dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • Mar 13 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), dies at 93
  • Mar 17 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies at 82
  • Apr 7 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 70
  • Apr 15 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • Apr 30 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31

Person of interestAyrton Senna

May 1 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • May 12 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • May 13 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, dies at 74
  • May 14 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • May 19 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • May 21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • May 22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • May 28 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • May 30 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • May 31 Doug Freeman, cricketer (2 Tests of leg-spin for NZ 1933), dies
  • Jun 3 Jack Cowie, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 45 wkts at 21 53), dies
  • Jun 20 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78

  • Jul 2 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (51 caps, World Cup own goal vs US), dies of a gunshot wound at 27

Person of interestLew Hoad

Jul 3 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), dies of a heart attack at 59

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Jul 9 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), dies at 72
  • Jul 10 Otto Bonsema, soccer star/trainer (GVAV, Veendam), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Henk Terlingen, radio/TV-host (Sport in Image), dies at 52
  • Jul 13 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), dies of aspiration pneumonia and respiratory failure at 92
  • Jul 14 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 54
  • Jul 16 Madzy Rollin Couquerque, tennis star/international hockey, dies at 91
  • Jul 17 Jean Borotra, French tennis player (Wimbledon 1924, 26), dies at 95
  • Jul 19 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1988), dies at 26
  • Jul 30 Theo van Scheltinga, skater, dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • Aug 5 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, dies at 47
  • Aug 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver, dies at 91
  • Aug 10 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), dies at 83
  • Aug 15 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • Aug 15 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • Aug 17 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator, dies at 74
  • Sep 1 Wallis Mathias, cricketer (scored 783 in 21 Tests for Pakistan), dies
  • Sep 2 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • Sep 3 Billy Wright, English soccer player (World Champion 1950), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), dies at 93
  • Sep 17 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40
  • Sep 23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • Sep 29 Don Watson, race car driver, dies in an accident at 46
  • Oct 1 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), dies at 93
  • Oct 9 Fred Lebow, US founder of New York Marathon, dies of cancer
  • Oct 9 Raich Carter, footballer, dies at 80
  • Oct 15 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • Oct 17 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • Oct 17 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Sergei F Bondartsjoek, actor and director (Waterloo), dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • Nov 11 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • Nov 16 David Rayner, cyclist, dies
  • Nov 22 Charles Fortune, South African cricket commentator, dies
  • Dec 7 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • Dec 9 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), dies at 87
  • Dec 10 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • Dec 15 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), dies at 87
  • Dec 27 Peter May, English cricketer (4537 runs-Eng 1951-61), dies at 64

Person of interestWoody Strode

Dec 31 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode