Deaths in Sport in 2003

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Feb 20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • Feb 21 Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • Mar 10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • Apr 13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • Apr 15 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 1 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, dies at 66

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

May 14 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • May 21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • Jun 14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), dies of heart failure at 28
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), dies of kidney cancer at 75
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • Jul 15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • Jul 21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • Aug 7 Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Aug 9 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

Aug 11 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 14 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 23 Bobby Bonds, American MLB outfielder and coach, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • Aug 26 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • Sep 28 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • Oct 12 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72
  • Oct 16 László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • Nov 6 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (b. 1919)
  • Nov 15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • Nov 19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Nov 24 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left hand pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82
  • Nov 28 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • Nov 30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 1 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (b. 1928)
  • Dec 4 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • Dec 15 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)

Person of interestOtto Graham

Dec 17 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 21 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), dies at 94
  • Dec 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)