Deaths in Sport in 2008

  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • 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)

Person of interestBobby Fischer

Jan 17 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 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)
  • Mar 14 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper (210no v Aust 1980), dies of lung infection at 53
  • 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)
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • 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 and coach (b. 1929)
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • May 15 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • May 29 Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1987)
  • Jun 7 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)
  • 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)
  • Jul 1 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), dies at 80
  • Jul 3 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer (b. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, professional golfer (b. 1927)
  • 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, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • Sep 24 Mickey Vernon, American baseball player (b. 1918)

Person of interestPaul Newman

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Sep 28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Nov 27 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56
  • Dec 8 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete, dies at 41
  • 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)

Person of interestSammy Baugh

Dec 17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)