Deaths in Sport in 2002

  • Jan 3 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 22 John Shea, American 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • Jan 29 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • Jan 30 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Feb 11 Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Feb 14 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 16 Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • Mar 4 Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 6 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • Mar 23 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)

  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • May 6 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
  • May 7 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • May 9 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • May 13 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • May 17 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)

Person of interestSam Snead

May 23 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • Jun 17 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 59
  • Jun 17 Fritz Walter, German footballer, dies at 81

Person of interestJack Buck

Jun 18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • Jun 20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • Jun 22 Darryl Kile, American baseball player (b. 1968)
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 30 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), dies at 87

Person of interestTed Williams

Jul 5 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 7 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Aug 5 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • Aug 12 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), dies at 74

  • Aug 16 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Aug 23 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Sep 8 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (b. 1968)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

Sep 11 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Sep 14 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (b. 1942)
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens) (b. 1907)
  • Sep 30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • Oct 5 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 9 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Nov 15 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, dies at 90
  • Dec 1 Dave McNally, American baseball player, dies at 60

Person of interestRoone Arledge

Dec 5 Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • Dec 19 Arthur Rowley, English footballer. (b. 1926)