Deaths in Sport in 2003

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (b. 1915)
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • 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 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • 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, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)

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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 (b. 1928)
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Jun 14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Jul 1 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 5 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1979)
  • 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)

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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 baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • 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 Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 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 player (b. 1921)
  • Nov 28 Ted Bates, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • 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)

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)