On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 2009

  • Jan 4 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 10 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), dies at 97
  • Jan 11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Jan 16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 19 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 21 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), dies at 75
  • Jan 22 Billy Werber, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 100
  • Jan 29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Feb 7 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), dies at 89
  • Feb 9 Vic Lewis, British jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, and artist manager (NEMS), and cricket club owner, dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • Feb 20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Mar 1 Carolyn Cudone, American golfer (US Senior Women's Amateur 1968-72; most consecutive wins in any USGA championship), dies at 90
  • Mar 1 Ken Henry, American speed skater (Olympic gold 500m 1952), dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 4 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 10 Denis Begbie, South African cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50), dies at 94
  • Mar 17 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American MLB 10x All-Star, 1949 AL batting champ, infielder, 1943-57 (Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and 3 other teams), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Mar 25 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies of Esophageal cancer at 72
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • Mar 30 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), dies of leiomyosarcoma at 76
  • Apr 5 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), dies at 88
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), dies from melanoma at 69
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", dies at 54
  • Apr 19 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 7 Tony Marsh, English auto racer (record 6 x British Hill Climb Championship), dies from breathing complications at 77
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball outfielder, 1940-53 (Boston Red Sox), co-founder of New England Patriots, dies at 92
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • May 14 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and smooth jazz bassist, dies from the effects of cancer at 44
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • May 27 Ammo Baba, Iraqi football player and coach, dies at 74
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • Jun 1 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Richard Jacobs, American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner (Cleveland Indians, 1986-99), dies at 83
  • Jun 9 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • Jul 4 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jul 5 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • Jul 11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • Aug 8 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • Aug 11 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Toni Sailer, Austrian alpine ski racer (Olympic gold Downhill, Giant slalom, Slalom 1956; 7 x World C'ship gold), dies from laryngeal cancer at 73
  • Aug 29 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77
  • Sep 4 Buddy Blattner, American MLB and table tennis player, dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82

Jack Kramer

Sep 12 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), dies of cancer at 88

  • Sep 14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • Sep 16 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • Oct 1 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), dies from stroke complications at 80
  • Oct 12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • Oct 27 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (92 Tests 1985–2005; 172 ODIs 1983–2005), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • Oct 31 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman and car collector (Donington Grand Prix Collection), dies at 87
  • Nov 10 Robert Enke, German football goalkeeper, dies at 32
  • Nov 14 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), dies at 76
  • Nov 15 Antonio de Nigris, Mexican soccer striker (16 caps; Monterrey, Villarreal), dies from a heart attack at 31
  • Nov 16 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer (5 x Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer; US Champion Trainer by earnings 1993, 2002, 03), dies from leukemia at 68
  • Nov 18 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • Nov 20 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, dies at 94
  • Nov 24 Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards (b. 1923)
  • Dec 1 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Dec 2 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), dies of leukemia at 71
  • Dec 11 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Dec 23 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (4 Tests for WI), dies at 65
  • Dec 24 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Steve Williams, American professional wrestler, known as "Dr. Death", and USFL football player, dies of throat cancer at 49