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Deaths in Sport in 1996

  • Jan 10 Arthur Sydney Martin, spycatcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 David Schultz, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), killed by John Du Pont at 36
  • Jan 26 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), dies at 95
  • Jan 27 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (5 tests for England), dies at 93
  • Jan 28 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), dies at 44
  • Feb 8 Del Ennis, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 51, 55; NL RBI leader 1950; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • Feb 9 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies at 74
  • Feb 14 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80

  • Feb 23 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • Feb 27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Feb 27 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Feb 27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • Mar 14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • Mar 29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 51
  • Apr 1 John McSheery, American baseball umpire (World Series 1977, 87; MLB All Star Game 1975, 82, 91), dies from cardiac arrest while umpiring on Opening Day at 51
  • Apr 4 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • Apr 18 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Apr 19 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies at 84
  • Apr 21 A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • Apr 21 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Apr 22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • May 2 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • May 3 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), dies of cancer at 45
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 11 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), dies at 73
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies at 71

  • May 17 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • May 19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 26 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 6 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Gerry Gomez, cricketer (West Indian captain played 29 Tests), dies
  • Jun 11 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • Jun 16 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (NY Yankees), dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73
  • Jun 23 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), dies from a stroke at 74
  • Jun 29 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • Jul 6 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • Jul 12 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan's 1st five Tests 1952-53), dies
  • Jul 14 Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
  • Jul 17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Jock Wallace, Scottish football player and manager, dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), dies at 76
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • Aug 20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), dies at 42
  • Aug 28 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 2 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • Sep 4 Sam Cook, English cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67
  • Sep 14 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner, constructer (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), dies of heart and respiratory disease at 64
  • Oct 4 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (West Indies all-rounder 1969-76), dies of chronic cirrhosis of the liver at 53
  • Oct 12 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79
  • Oct 12 RenĂ© Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92

Person of interestToni Stone

Nov 2 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Nov 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Don Kenyon, cricketer, dies at 72
  • Nov 28 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78

Person of interestPete Rozelle

Dec 6 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Dec 17 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73