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Deaths in Sport in 2002

  • Jan 3 Al Smith, American baseball outfielder and third baseman (3-time MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Fred Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster (Ohio State University 1959-76; MLB Washington Senators 1950-52), dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 18 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), dies at 78
  • 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 25 Winston Place, English cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), dies at 87
  • Jan 29 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Feb 11 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball shortstop and 3rd base coach (record 17 World Series titles as player & coach; NY Yankees), dies from complications of a fall at 91
  • 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 6 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), dies of colon cancer at 74
  • Mar 17 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38; Ryder Cup 1933, 35), dies at 93
  • Mar 23 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1956), dies from cancer at 76
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player & professional wrestler, dies at 63
  • 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, dies at 77
  • 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; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • May 31 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), dies at 72
  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African cricket batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 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 pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), dies of coronary disease at 33
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), dies from lung cancer at 88
  • 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)
  • Jul 19 Spec Shea, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star, World Series 1947; NY Yankees, Washington Sens), dies after heart surgery at 81
  • Jul 20 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • Jul 24 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • Aug 5 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), dies of heart failure at 50
  • 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
  • Aug 26 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), dies at 85
  • Sep 3 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), dies at 85
  • Sep 8 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), dies at 33
  • Sep 14 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 24 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • 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 diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • 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
  • Nov 19 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 C. S. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie), dies at 88
  • Dec 1 Dave McNally, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969-70, 72; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer 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)
  • Dec 19 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), dies from a brain tumour at 50