Deaths in Sport in 2006

  • Jan 3 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jan 9 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • Jan 13 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • Jan 14 Mark Philo, English footballer (b. 1984)
  • Jan 19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricketer (gifted all-rounder for NZ in 1950's), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Dick Bass, American football player (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Feb 16 Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • Feb 23 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • Mar 1 Peter Osgood, English footballer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 4 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)

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Mar 6 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 11 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)
  • Mar 13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 17 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • Mar 30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • Apr 6 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • Apr 9 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • Apr 13 Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 21 Telê Santana, Brazilian football manager (b. 1931)
  • Apr 24 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • Apr 24 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • May 3 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)

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May 11 Floyd Patterson, American boxer, dies at 71

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 21 Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)
  • May 23 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • May 26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • May 27 Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • May 28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • Jun 2 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • Jun 11 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 15 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • Jun 20 Billy Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Jun 23 Luke Graham, American wrestler (b. 1940)
  • Jun 29 Randy Walker, American football coach (b. 1954)
  • Jul 1 Fred Trueman, English cricketer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 30 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 31 Paul Eells, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • Aug 13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • Aug 15 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • Aug 26 Clyde Walcott, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)
  • Sep 2 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75

  • Sep 4 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Sep 8 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • Sep 8 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • Sep 9 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)
  • Sep 10 Patty Berg, American golfer (b. 1918)
  • Sep 16 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • Sep 19 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • Sep 22 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)

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Sep 25 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

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Sep 26 Byron Nelson, American PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), dies at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Sep 29 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 1 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • Oct 6 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)

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Oct 6 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • Oct 8 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)
  • Oct 11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • Oct 27 Joe Niekro, American baseball player (b. 1944)

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Oct 28 Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and executive, dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Oct 28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 3 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorean footballer (b. 1937)
  • Nov 6 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player (b. 1962)
  • Nov 7 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • Nov 7 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher (b. 1917)
  • Nov 17 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • Nov 17 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Nov 20 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • Nov 22 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Nov 23 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 26 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish procyclist (b. 1975)
  • Nov 27 Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • Dec 8 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 12 Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • Dec 13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
  • Dec 15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • Dec 17 Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • Dec 21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • Dec 22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • Dec 30 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Dec 31 George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)