On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 2000

  • Jan 4 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 11 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), dies at 92
  • Jan 11 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • Jan 12 Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Jan 26 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), dies of cardiac arrest at 84
  • Jan 27 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • Feb 1 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 33
  • Feb 9 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 78

Person of interestTom Landry

Feb 12 Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys), dies at 75

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Feb 21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • Feb 23 Stanley Matthews CBE, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), dies at 85
  • Mar 2 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), dies at 36

  • Mar 6 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), dies at 59
  • Mar 12 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), dies at 85
  • Apr 5 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 13 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • Apr 14 Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 24 John Beck, New Zealand cricketer (lefty bat in 8 Tests for NZ 1953-56), dies at 65
  • May 5 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • May 12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

May 27 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and Parkinson's disease at 78

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Jun 5 Don Liddle, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Brian Statham, English cricketer (masterful England quick for two decades), dies at 69
  • Jun 10 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), dies at 71
  • Jun 20 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), dies at 73
  • Jun 27 Larry Kelley, American college football end (Heisman Trophy 1936; unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), commits suicide at 85
  • Jul 2 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • Jul 7 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), dies in a crash during practice at 30
  • Jul 10 Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • Jul 24 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)

  • Aug 20 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), dies of complications from a fall at 94
  • Aug 29 Willie Maddren, English footballer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 17 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • Sep 23 Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  • Oct 5 Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
  • Oct 17 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Oct 22 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago Cubs), dies of broken hip complications at 82
  • Oct 28 Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Nov 1 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 56
  • Nov 22 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), dies of a stroke at 78
  • Nov 25 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, dies at 83
  • Nov 27 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 4 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 14 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • Dec 25 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), dies at 61
  • Dec 30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72