On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died 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 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948, White Sox; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago White Sox; World Series NY Yankees 1978), 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
  • Feb 21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • Feb 23 Stanley Matthews, 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 12 Niaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (1st & last East Pakistani to play Test cricket), dies at 54
  • 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 cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), 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 auto racer (son of Kyle Petty; death leads to NASCAR mandate of steering wheel kill switch), dies in practice session accident at 19

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

  • Jun 5 Don Liddle, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Brian Statham, English cricket fast bowler (70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84), 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 Hall of Fame tight end (Heisman Trophy 1936; unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), commits suicide at 85
  • Jun 29 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), dies at 77
  • 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 18 Maurice Evans, English soccer wing half (Reading, 407 games) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Reading, Oxford United), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 20 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), dies of complications from a fall at 94
  • Aug 30 Willie Maddren, English soccer defender (Middlesborough 293 games) and manager (Middlesborough 1984-86), dies from motor neurone disease at 49
  • Sep 5 Roy Fredericks, West Indian cricket batsman (59 Tests @ 42.49, 8 x 100s; British Guyana, Glamorgan CCC), dies at 57
  • 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 at 82
  • Oct 28 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican baseball 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
  • Nov 29 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Cleveland Browns), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of a drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 4 Colin Cowdrey, 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 cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets; South Australia CA), dies at 61
  • Dec 30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72