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Deaths in Sport in 2007

  • Jan 2 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), dies of heart attack at 69
  • Jan 3 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 6 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • Jan 13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • Jan 16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • Jan 21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 27 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90

  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • Jan 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • Jan 30 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 91
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), dies after exploratory brain surgery at 80
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • Mar 8 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 9 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 10 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), dies of cancer at 62

  • Mar 15 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • Mar 16 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricketer, dies at 22
  • Mar 18 Bob Woolmer, England cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), dies of diabetes at 58
  • Mar 23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • Apr 1 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • Apr 3 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Apr 5 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • Apr 16 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • Apr 16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • Apr 21 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • Apr 30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • May 14 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • May 19 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), dies at 67
  • May 20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), dies at 93
  • May 24 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • May 28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • May 29 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jun 1 Arn Shein, American sports writer (editor The Daily Item 1949-74), dies at 78
  • Jun 4 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Jun 4 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • Jun 19 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Jun 22 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • Jun 23 Rod Beck, American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, dies at 38
  • Jun 24 Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, dies at 74
  • Jun 26 Joey Sadler, All Black rugby player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jul 12 Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (Falkirk), dies at 35
  • Jul 14 John Ferguson Sr, former professional hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jul 20 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • Jul 22 Mike Coolbaugh former baseball player and coach (b.1972)
  • Jul 22 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • Jul 25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (b. 1950)
  • Jul 29 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79

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Jul 30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
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  • Aug 13 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 81
  • Aug 17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • Aug 25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • Aug 28 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, dies at 22
  • Aug 29 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • Aug 31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Sep 1 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, dies at 76
  • Sep 11 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • Sep 15 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, dies following a helicopter crash at 39

  • Sep 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 78
  • Sep 21 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Sep 22 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • Oct 1 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies of heart failure aged 71
  • Oct 2 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), dies at 82
  • Oct 7 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies in road accident at 32
  • Oct 19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • Oct 20 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), dies at 75
  • Oct 26 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • Oct 29 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), dies at 79
  • Oct 30 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • Nov 6 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster (b. c1939)
  • Nov 12 Khanmohammed Ibrahim, Indian cricketer (b. 1919)
  • Nov 13 John Doherty, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Nov 13 Kazuhisa Inao, Japanese baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Nov 15 Joe Nuxhall, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (youngest MLB player at 15 years, 316 days), dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • Nov 19 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • Nov 21 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • Nov 21 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)
  • Nov 23 Joe Kennedy, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • Nov 23 Óscar Carmelo Sánchez, Bolivian footballer (b. 1971)
  • Nov 23 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back, selector (14 caps), dies at 71
  • Nov 26 Herb McKenley, Jamaican 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 85
  • Nov 27 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • Nov 29 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), dies at 79
  • Dec 1 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • Dec 25 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • Dec 29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)