On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 2001

  • Jan 12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Jan 12 Adhemar da Silva, Brazilian triple jumper (Olympic golds 1952, 56), dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Jan 25 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • Feb 4 Pankaj Roy, Indian cricket batsman (45 Tests, 5 x 100, HS 173; WR opening partnership [Vinoo Mankad] 413; Bengal), dies at 72
  • Feb 16 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Feb 17 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)

Dale Earnhardt

Feb 18 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49

  • Feb 18 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Bill Rigney, American MLB baseball player, 1946-53 (New York Giants), and manager, 1956-72, 1976 (NY/SF Giants; LA Angels; Minnesota Twins), dies at 83

Donald Bradman

Feb 25 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), dies of pneumonia at 92

  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Mar 28 Jim Benton, American football end (All Pro 1945, 46; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team; Cleveland/LA Rams, Chicago Bears; first to rush 300+ yards 1945), dies at 84
  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), dies at 92

Willie Stargell

Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7 x MLB All Star; World Series 1971, 79 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 61

  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 20 Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricket batsman (42 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 230no; Otago CA), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • May 7 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • May 12 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), dies at 72
  • May 14 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), dies at 81
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 27 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • Jun 10 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • Jul 4 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • Jul 7 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (equal record 7 x Olympic medals, Soviet Union 1952; 2 x gold [team, all-round], 5 x silver), dies at 79
  • Jul 8 Christl Haas, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 57
  • Jul 8 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 95
  • Jul 18 Roy Gilchrist, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 57 wickets), dies at 67
  • Aug 1 Korey Stringer, American NFL football tackle, 1995-2000 (Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from heat stroke at 27
  • Aug 10 Lou Boudreau, American Baseball HOF shortstop (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series & AL MVP 1948; AL batting champion 1944; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland, Boston RS, KC A's, Chicago Cubs), dies at 84
  • Aug 11 Percy Stallard, English racing cyclist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver, dies at 54
  • Aug 15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • Aug 21 Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • Aug 22 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • Aug 24 Hank Sauer, American baseball left fielder (NL MVP, HR leader, RBI leader 1952; MLB All Star 1950, 52; Chicago Cubs), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • Aug 25 Carl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • Sep 1 Brian Moore, British sports commentator (BBC Radio, London Weekend Television 'The Big Match'), dies of heart failure at 69
  • Sep 5 Heywood Hale Broun, American TV commentator and sports correspondent, dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive, dies at 53
  • Sep 13 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954, French 1951-52), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Sep 17 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricket batsman (9 Tests, 5 x 50s; West Australia CA), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 6 Arne Harris, American television sports director, dies at 67
  • Oct 7 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • Oct 7 Alf Gover, English cricket fast bowler (4 Tests) and coach (Frank Tyson, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Ian Bishop; Surrey), dies at 93
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 22 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • Oct 23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), dies of respiratory failure at 77
  • Nov 1 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), dies at 76
  • Nov 9 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Tony Miles, English chess grandmaster, dies at 46
  • Nov 14 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine soccer forward (Boca Juniors, Sampdoria, Atlético Madrid) and manager (Argentina, Boca Juniors, Lazio, Roma), dies at 79
  • Nov 17 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), dies at 70
  • Nov 23 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), dies from bladder cancer at 64

Peter Blake

Dec 5 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman (Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-90; America's Cup 1995, 2000) and Special Envoy UN Environment Program, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at 53

  • Dec 6 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 21 Dick Schaap, American Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, journalist, and author (Bo Knows Bo: Instant Replay), dies from complications during hip replacement surgery at 67