On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 1999

  • Jan 3 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), dies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy at 53
  • Jan 12 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
  • Jan 19 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 31 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Feb 21 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)
  • Feb 22 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
  • Feb 28 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), dies at 65

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

Mar 8 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Mar 24 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • Mar 25 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Apr 1 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), dies from stroke-related complications at 81
  • Apr 4 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Apr 6 Gene Benson, American baseball outfielder (Negro League All-Star 1940, 45-46), dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player, dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 84

  • Apr 25 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 27 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), dies at 84
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager, dies at 79
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • May 3 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), dies of pneumonia at 97
  • May 18 Betty Robinson, American runner, dies at 87
  • May 28 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81
  • Jun 6 Eddie Stanky, American baseball second baseman, manager (MLB All Star 1947, 48, 50), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Jun 14 Bernie Faloney, professional football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 26 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), dies of brain cancer at 78
  • Jun 27 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer, dies at 81
  • Aug 4 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Jaime Fields, American NFL and WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), dies in a hit-and-run automobile accident at 29
  • Sep 6 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • Sep 9 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • Sep 11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)

  • Sep 12 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 77
  • Sep 20 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 93
  • Oct 8 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

Oct 12 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Oct 20 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87
  • Oct 21 John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1939, 46 / 13 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 80

Person of interestPayne Stewart

Oct 25 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

  • Oct 31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)

Person of interestWalter Payton

Nov 1 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Nov 4 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), dies at 41
  • Nov 8 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • Nov 12 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), dies at 87
  • Nov 13 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), dies at 67
  • Nov 27 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • Dec 1 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • Dec 1 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), dies at 82
  • Dec 3 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), dies at 65
  • Dec 4 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 42 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 44
  • Dec 12 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), dies at 66