Deaths in Sport in 1999

  • 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 4 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • Apr 25 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 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 (b. 1911)
  • Jun 6 Eddie Stanky, American baseball 2nd baseman (Dodgers), dies at 83
  • Jun 14 Bernie Faloney, professional football player (b. 1932)
  • 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 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 Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • 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 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 (Chicago Bears, 9-time Pro Bowl), 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 27 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)
  • Dec 19 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), dies at 66