Deaths in Sport in 2000

  • Jan 4 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • Jan 8 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 11 Betty Archdale, Anglo-Australian educationalist and cricketer (b. 1907)
  • Jan 11 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
  • 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 8 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Derrick Thomas, American football player (Kansas City Chiefs), dies of a blood clot at 33

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, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 5 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 14 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Apr 14 Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • May 5 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938), dies at 85
  • May 12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • May 20 Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)

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, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Jun 10 Brian Statham, English cricketer (b. 1930)
  • Jul 2 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • Jul 7 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American race car driver (b. 1969)
  • Jul 10 Justin Pierce, English-American actor and skateboarder (b. 1975)
  • 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 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 22 Emil Zátopek, Czech athlete (b. 1922)
  • Nov 25 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player, dies at 83
  • Nov 27 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999), dies of drug overdose at 34
  • 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