On This Day

Deaths in Sport in January 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