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Deaths in Sport 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 Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies 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 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
  • Jan 30 George H Poyser, English soccer player (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-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • Feb 4 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • Feb 4 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 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 9 Ruud van den Hende, Dutch sports reporter, dies at 63

  • Mar 13 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), dies of heart failure at 78

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

Mar 15 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 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 30 Graham Anthony Richard Lock, cricketer, dies at 65
  • 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, cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies
  • Apr 17 Anton Murray, South African cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), 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 25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player, dies at 46

  • May 30 Bobby Stokes, soccer star, dies at 44
  • 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 Ron Morrisby, cricketer (prolific batsman for Tasmania 1931-52), dies
  • Jun 10 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 76
  • 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 Eddie Mazur, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 65
  • Jul 3 Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1948-49), dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Jul 4 Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis great, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Jul 15 Eddie J Bush, golf professional, dies at 83
  • 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, high school basketball coach (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, dies at 89
  • Aug 2 Brian Smith, British sportscaster, dies
  • Aug 3 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, dies at 80
  • Aug 4 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87

Person of interestMickey Mantle

Aug 13 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), dies of liver cancer at 63

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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 Alex Brown, English snooker player, dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 52
  • Sep 10 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Keith Odor, racing Driver, dies at 33
  • Sep 13 Harold Sheperdson, 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 footballer, 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, conductor, dies at 79

Person of interestBobby Riggs

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

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 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, figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), dies of heart attack at 28
  • Nov 23 Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
  • Nov 27 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies 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 MLB outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55), 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, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • Dec 27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80