On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 2008

  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1952-53, 60; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer (Lineal & WBC light flyweight titles 1999-2002), dies of brain damage after fight at 35
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1953; British Empire Trophy 1939), dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer and manager, dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • Feb 27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 29 Jerry Groom, American College Football HOF center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 78
  • Mar 3 Norman O'Neill, Australian cricket batsman (42 Tests @ 45.55, 6 x 100s; NSW CA), dies at 71
  • Mar 14 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests; top score 210no v Aust 1980), dies of lung infection at 53
  • Mar 15 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • Mar 30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, American college basketball equipment manager known as "Mr. Wildcat" (University of Kentucky, 1962-2008) dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 91
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • May 1 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist, dies in competition at 26
  • May 15 Tommy Burns, Scottish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Celtic, Kilmarnock) and manager (Scotland, Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), dies of melanoma at 51
  • May 15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • Jun 7 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • Jun 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, dies at 56
  • Jun 12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • Jun 16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • Jun 19 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jun 21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies from cancer at 42
  • Jun 24 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 67
  • Jul 1 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), dies at 80
  • Jul 3 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer, dies of cancer at 28
  • Jul 4 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • Jul 5 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jul 12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), dies of brain cancer at 62
  • Jul 15 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • Jul 19 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), dies at 76
  • Aug 1 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), dies at 61
  • Aug 4 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • Aug 13 Dino Toso, Italian Dutch Formula-1 engineer, dies of cancer at 39
  • Aug 13 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), dies at 66
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), dies of heart failure at 44
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American auto racer (F1 world champion 1961; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1958, 61, 62), dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), dies at 92
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • Sep 8 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • Sep 24 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), dies at 90

Paul Newman

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), auto racer and team owner (Newman/Haas Racing) and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

  • Sep 28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 15 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 15 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers), dies at 38
  • Oct 19 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Nov 3 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84
  • Nov 7 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets; Auckland CA), dies of cancer at 64
  • Nov 9 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, American baseball pitcher (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), dies at 75
  • Nov 15 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
  • Nov 19 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 27 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56
  • Dec 2 (Edward) "Ted" Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (Rogers Communications), MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), and philanthropist, dies of congestive heart failure at 75
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)