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Deaths in Sport in 2003

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), 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, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • 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, dies at 52
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver, dies at 92

  • Mar 31 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), dies at 78
  • Apr 15 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, dies at 47
  • 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 road 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
  • May 11 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
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, dies at 30
  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 86
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • 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 23 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), 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 8 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), dies at 67
  • 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 8 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of respiratory and bladder infections at 76
  • Oct 5 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • Oct 12 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • 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)
  • Oct 24 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), dies in car accident at 78
  • Oct 25 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), dies at 84
  • Nov 6 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • Nov 18 Ken Brett, American baseball player, dies at 55
  • 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 29 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), dies at 98
  • Dec 1 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 75
  • Dec 4 Iggy Katona, American auto racer (ARCA Series 1955-57, 62, 66-67; record 79 wins), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • Dec 15 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • Dec 17 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69

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 24 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 89
  • Dec 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)