Sports Stars Who Died in 1995

  • Jan 2 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster, author (3-time British champion), dies at 83
  • Jan 8 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer (Undisputed world middleweight champion 1970-74, 76-77), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 18 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • Jan 26 Vic Buckingham, English soccer player/trainer (Ajax), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Dickie Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold double sculls 1948), dies at 77
  • Jan 30 George Poyser, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (Notts County, Manchester City), dies at 84
  • Jan 31 Sir John Smith, English soccer administrator (chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8 x Grand Slam singles, 6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 1933, 34, 35, 36), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • Feb 4 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • Feb 4 Manohar Hardikar, Indian cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59), dies at 58
  • Feb 4 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • Feb 12 Nat Holman, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA, NIT C'ships 1950 CCNY), dies at 98
  • Feb 14 Nigel Finch, English TV director and film-maker (Chelsea Hotel; Vampyr; Stonewall), dies from AIDS-related illness at 45
  • Feb 28 (Herman) "Ace" Wallace, American St. Louis blues guitarist and singer, dies at 69
  • Feb 28 Keith Rigg, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
  • Mar 1 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Mar 5 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, dies at 42
  • Mar 13 Leon Day, American Baseball HOF pitcher (9 x NgL All Star; NgL World Series 1946; Brooklyn/Newark Eagles, Baltimore Elite Giants), dies of heart failure at 78

Florence Chadwick

Mar 15 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer (1st woman to swim the English Channel in both directions), dies of leukemia at 76

  • Mar 20 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (scored 12 & 31 in Test Aus v Eng 46-47), dies at 76
  • Mar 23 Davie Cooper, Scottish football player, dies at 39
  • Mar 29 Terry Moore, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1942, 46; 4 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies 1954), dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, dies at 65
  • Apr 2 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis at 90
  • Apr 8 Maurice Allom, English cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies at 89
  • Apr 17 Anton Murray, South African cricket all-rounder (10 Tests; 1 x 100; 18 wickets), dies at 72
  • Apr 20 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • Apr 21 Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (1927-37), dies at 93
  • Apr 21 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman, dies at 61
  • Apr 23 Howard Cosell, American sports journalist (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 John Stennis, American politician (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
  • Apr 28 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • May 5 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential World Chess Champion, dies at 83
  • May 6 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 9 Percy Mansell, South African cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies at 75
  • May 13 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies at 85
  • May 17 Toe Blake, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1935 Montreal Maroons; 1944, 46 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Stanley Cup 1956-60, 1965-66, 68 Montreal Canadiens), dies at 82
  • May 25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player, dies at 46
  • May 30 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, dies at 82
  • Jun 9 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricket (scored 0 in only Test for NZ v Aust 1946), dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 76
  • Jun 10 Ron Morrisby, Australian cricketer (prolific batsman for Tasmania 1931-52), dies
  • Jun 23 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), dies at 76
  • Jun 24 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), dies at 45
  • Jul 1 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), dies at 86
  • Jul 3 Pancho González, American tennis player (US National C'ships singles 1948-49; Wimbledon & French Open Doubles, 1949; 13 x Pro Grand Slam titles), dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Jul 15 Paula Myers-Pope, American platform diver, (2 silver, 1 bronze Olympics 1952-60), dies at 60
  • Jul 16 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), dies of kidney failure at 84
  • Jul 17 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player, dies at 56
  • Jul 18 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 24
  • Jul 19 James Smiddy, American high school basketball coach (record 1,216 wins), dies at 71
  • Jul 21 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • Jul 22 Harold Larwood, England cricket fast bowler (21 Tests, Bodyline Series v Australia 1932-33), dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Roley Jenkins, English cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 32 wickets), dies at 76
  • Jul 27 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), dies of arrhythmia at 89
  • Aug 2 Brian Smith, Canadian sportscaster and NHL player, dies at 54 after being shot the previous day
  • Aug 3 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, dies at 80
  • Aug 4 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87

Mickey Mantle

Aug 13 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball HOF outfielder (1956 Triple Crown; 20 x MLB All Star; 7 × World Series; 3 × AL MVP; NY Yankees), dies of liver cancer at 63

  • Aug 20 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, dies at 56
  • Aug 20 William Kennedy, baseball player, dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (104 runs at 34 66 for WI 1948-52), dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Len Martin, sports broadcaster, dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, dies at 61
  • Aug 23 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, dies at 76
  • Aug 25 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • Sep 3 Alec Brown, English snooker player (Daily Mail Gold Cup 1939, 40; News of the World 1951), dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Buster Mathis, American boxer (World Super Heavyweight title 1972), dies from heart failure at 52
  • Sep 10 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Keith Odor, British racing driver, dies during a touring car race at 33
  • Sep 13 Harold Sheperdson, British soccer trainer, dies at 76
  • Sep 15 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 73
  • Sep 17 Lucien Victor, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 64
  • Sep 18 Oleg Tverdokhleb, Ukrainian athlete (b. 1969)
  • Sep 20 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • Sep 25 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), dies at 67
  • Oct 7 Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91
  • Oct 9 Lord Home of Hirsel, cricket (Middlesex player later British PM), dies
  • Oct 10 Edward Gill, baseball player, dies at 100
  • Oct 13 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor, dies at 79

Bobby Riggs

Oct 25 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), dies of prostate cancer at 77

  • Oct 26 Agha Saadat Ali, Pakistani cricketer (8 not out in 1 inn for Pak 1956), dies at 66
  • Nov 1 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), dies at 58
  • Nov 2 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84
  • Nov 10 Clairmonte Depeiaza, West Indian cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Nov 20 Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (with Ekaterina Gordeeva - Pairs World Championship, 1986-87, 1989-90; Olympic gold, 1988 & 94), dies of heart attack on the practice rink in Lake Placid, New York ,at 28
  • Nov 23 Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
  • Nov 27 Giancarlo Baghetti, Italian auto racer (French GP 1961) and journalist/photographer, dies from cancer at 60
  • Nov 28 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 57
  • Nov 30 Hopper Levett, Kent cricket wicket-keeper (1930-47, Test 1934), dies
  • Dec 5 Bill Bruton, American baseball outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55 Milwaukee Braves), dies of heart attack at 70
  • Dec 14 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • Dec 23 Gabrielle Keiller, Scottish art collector, golfer, archaeological photographer, dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Boucher, Irish cricket all-rounder (28 first-class matches for Ireland; secretary Irish Cricket Union 1954-73), dies at 85
  • Dec 27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80