Sports Stars Who Died 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 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, American NASCAR driver and team owner, dies of cancer at 49
  • 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 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90
  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (Olympic gold Unified Team 3,000m 1992), dies at 43
  • 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 (Olympic gold team 1960; 3 x silver 1952, 56, 60; 3 x bronze 1956), dies from cholangiocarcinoma at 87
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59; World Series MVP 1957; no hitter 1960; Milwaukee Braves), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • 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)
  • 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 (Daily Mail), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 75
  • 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 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)

Bowie Kuhn

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
  • Mar 24 Maurice Flitcroft, British golfer known as "the world's worst golfer," dies at 77
  • 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 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 William "Parry" O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, and silver 1960), dies of a heart attack during a swimming competition at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 25 Les Jackson, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 7 wickets; Derbyshire), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 100 wickets, BB 6/63; Canterbury CA), dies at 67
  • Apr 29 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • Apr 29 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • 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 25 Bill Johnston, Australian cricket fast/spin bowler (40 Tests, 160 wickets @ 23.91; Victoria), dies at 85
  • May 27 Ron Archer, Australian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, 1 x 100, 48 wickets; Queensland CA), dies at 73
  • 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 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 4 Clete Boyer, American MLB baseball infielder, 1955-71 (New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), dies at 70
  • 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 19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)
  • Jun 22 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)
  • Jun 23 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), dies from a drug overdose 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 14 John Ferguson Sr, Canadian hockey player, dies at 68
  • Jul 16 Tom Brooks, Australian cricket umpire (23 Tests 1970-78), dies at 88
  • Jul 20 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • Jul 25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • Jul 26 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), dies from heart attack at 56
  • Jul 29 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79

Bill Walsh

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

Phil Rizzuto

Aug 13 Phil Rizzuto, American Baseball HOF shortstop (5 x MLB All-Star; 7 x World Series; AL MVP 1950; NY Yankees) and broadcaster (WCBS radio, WPIX-TV), dies at 89

  • Aug 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian NHL hockey general manager, 9X Stanley Cups (Montreal Canadiens, 1964-78), dies at 81
  • Aug 17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • Aug 25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • Aug 29 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian soccer striker (33 caps; Zanaco FC), dies from heart failure at 28
  • Aug 29 Richard Jewell, American security guard (central figure in 1996 Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta bombing), dies from kidney failure at 44
  • Aug 31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Sep 1 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak soccer goalkeeper (39 caps Czechoslovakia; Slovan Bratislava 240 games), dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), dies at 73
  • Sep 11 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • Sep 15 Colin McRae, Scottish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1995), dies following a helicopter crash at 39
  • Sep 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish soccer winger (7 caps Rep. Ireland; Norwich City 312 games), 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 (Wales and the British Lions), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Nov 6 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster, dies at 68
  • Nov 11 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 K C Ibrahim, Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests, 1 x 50, HS 85; Bombay CA), dies at 88
  • 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 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • Nov 19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • Nov 21 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricket batsman (25 Tests, 1 x 100; Otago CA), dies at 75
  • Nov 21 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • 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 athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 400m relay 1952; 3 x silver 1948, 52), 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 20 Tommy Byrne, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1950; World Series 1949, 56; NY Yankees), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets; Auckland CA), dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • Dec 29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish soccer midfielder (1 cap; Motherwell, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday; PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year 1992, 94), dies from cardiac arrest while playing at 35
  • Dec 31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)