On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 2005

  • Jan 4 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 Jack Horner, American sports journalist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 10 Tommy Fine, American baseball player, dies at 90
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • Jan 22 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Feb 2 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), dies at 99
  • Feb 4 Peter Heine, South African cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's), dies at 76
  • Feb 7 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • Feb 12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • Feb 13 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)

  • Feb 14 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • Feb 17 Omar Sívori, Argentine soccer forward and manager (19 caps Argentina, 9 caps Italy; Juventus), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Feb 26 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ vs England 1954-55), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 9 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Mar 16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • Mar 16 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), dies after falling down a flight of stairs at 67
  • Mar 26 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 6 Geoff Millman, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), dies at 70
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), dies of cancer at 63
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), dies at 97
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player, dies at 73

  • Apr 15 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player, dies at 46
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; AL wins leader 1967 Boston Red Sox), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 25 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 95
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • May 5 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), dies of a stroke at 88
  • May 7 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (13 caps; Emelec), dies in a car accident at 25
  • May 8 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, dies at 23
  • May 26 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 30 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62), dies at 78

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Jun 1 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), dies of diabetes complications at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 2 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • Jun 11 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 92
  • Jun 12 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • Jun 18 Syed Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (b. 1914)
  • Jul 1 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), dies at 82
  • Jul 4 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • Jul 9 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 74
  • Jul 9 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Jul 11 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)
  • Jul 25 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 76
  • Jul 26 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 30 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • Aug 5 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), dies at 68
  • Aug 5 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • Aug 8 Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Aug 14 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • Aug 18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • Aug 21 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • Sep 8 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 11 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 82
  • Sep 13 Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
  • Sep 18 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • Sep 18 Marv Grissom, American baseball pitcher, coach (MLB All Star 1954, NY, SF Giants), dies at 87
  • Sep 25 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), dies of Burkitt's lymphoma at 65
  • Oct 9 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), dies at 66
  • Oct 15 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • Oct 18 Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • Oct 18 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 71
  • Oct 28 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • Oct 28 Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)
  • Oct 30 Al Lopez, American baseball player and manager (b. 1908)
  • Nov 2 Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (Bologna; Atalanta, Italy 1974 World Cup), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • Nov 25 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), dies at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures
  • Nov 29 David di Tommaso, French footballer (b. 1979)
  • Nov 29 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove; Cleveland, Minnesota), dies from cancer at 78
  • Dec 6 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 7 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • Dec 15 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Dec 15 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • Dec 21 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • Dec 23 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • Dec 23 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)