Deaths in Sport in 1997

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 George Young, Scottish football player, dies at 74
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • May 3 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • Jun 2 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88

Person of interestDon Hutson

Jun 26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63

Person of interestBen Hogan

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, British Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Nov 2 Roy McMillan, baseball player (Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • Nov 9 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • Nov 11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • Nov 14 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), dies of liver cancer at 81
  • Nov 16 Russ "Mad Monk" Meyer, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74
  • Nov 20 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hamilton, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 7 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • Dec 21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Dec 28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • Dec 29 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82