On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 2004

  • Jan 1 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), dies at 69
  • Jan 3 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), dies at 69
  • Jan 5 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • Jan 5 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies from cancer at 66
  • Jan 9 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31
  • Jan 15 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1,435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), dies at 98
  • Jan 17 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Jan 19 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • Jan 20 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Jan 24 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 25 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jan 26 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90
  • Feb 2 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 85

  • Feb 14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • Feb 17 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 78
  • Feb 21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • Mar 2 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • Mar 8 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), dies at 82
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver, dies at 86
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64
  • May 22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • Jun 8 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65

  • Jun 9 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 78
  • Jun 27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • Jul 5 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • Aug 14 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • Aug 27 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager, dies of cancer at 69
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • Sep 28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • Sep 30 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44
  • Oct 10 Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Oct 11 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • Oct 20 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • Oct 26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • Oct 27 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • Oct 28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 2 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Nov 6 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • Nov 8 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, dies at 75
  • Nov 8 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), dies at 34
  • Nov 17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63
  • Nov 29 Harry Danning, American baseball player, dies at 93
  • Nov 30 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), dies at 73
  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • Dec 12 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, dies at 88