On This Day

Deaths in Sport 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)

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 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 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)

  • Feb 29 Jerry Groom, American College Football Hall of Fame center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 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 player (b. 1918)
  • 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 possing as woman 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 footballer (b. 1956)
  • 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 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 (b. 1980)
  • 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, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 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 race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 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 MLB baseball player, dies at 90

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 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 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), dies of cancer at 64
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball player, 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 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 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)
American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)