On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1998

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), dies of natural causes at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jan 1 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), dies at 78
  • Jan 5 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), dies from suicide at 46
  • Jan 5 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • Jan 16 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricketer (WI vice-capt on Australian tour 1930-31), dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • Jan 22 C. P. "Chilla" Christ, Australian cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's), dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), dies at 86
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 6 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 11 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 86
  • Mar 29 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), dies of an aneurysm at 58
  • Mar 31 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), dies of liver and throat cancer at 73
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38

  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer, dies at 58
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), dies at 70
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • Jun 12 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), dies from coronary artery disease at 81
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 29 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Duncan White, Ceylonese hurdler (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81
  • Jul 11 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), dies at 93
  • Jul 13 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), dies after a fall at 95
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 27 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 69

  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Sep 1 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), dies at 77
  • Sep 2 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 13 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • Sep 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), dies of an epileptic seizure at 38
  • Sep 27 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), dies from ski accident injuries at 71
  • Sep 27 Narita Brian, Japanese racehorse, world's top earner until 2000 (b. 1991)
  • Sep 30 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), dies of brain tumour at 45
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • Oct 2 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), dies at 74
  • Oct 6 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (8-time Gold Glove winner), dies of lung cancer at 54
  • Oct 9 Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), dies at 80
  • Oct 28 Ghulam Ahmed, Indian cricketer (off-spinner in 22 Tests for India in 1950's), dies at 76
  • Oct 30 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 79
  • Oct 31 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • Nov 2 Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler (1 Test 1946), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • Nov 11 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • Nov 13 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • Nov 15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • Nov 17 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), dies at 91
  • Nov 20 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 69
  • Nov 20 Dick Sisler. American baseball utility, coach and manager (Cincinnati Reds; MLB All Star 1950), dies at 78
  • Dec 1 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Atalanta; Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), dies at 88

Person of interestArchie Moore

Dec 9 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 25 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 27 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46