On This Day

Deaths in Sport in 2010

  • Jan 4 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • Jan 5 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • Jan 8 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 9 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • Jan 17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Jan 19 Bill McLaren Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

Jan 29 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Feb 10 Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • Feb 14 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • Feb 16 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • Mar 3 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • Mar 4 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 6 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)

  • Mar 11 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor, dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • Apr 2 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • Apr 4 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from cancer at 79
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (b. 1920)
  • May 4 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • May 6 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), dies at 83
  • May 15 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • May 21 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), dies at 81
  • May 23 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • May 24 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • May 25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • May 25 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • May 26 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)

  • Jun 4 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), dies at 99
  • Jun 17 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), dies from prostate cancer at 62
  • Jun 19 Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962)
  • Jul 1 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), dies at 85
  • Jul 5 Bob Probert, Canadian professional ice hockey forward. (b. 1965)
  • Jul 11 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, dies at 99

Person of interestGeorge Steinbrenner

Jul 13 George Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 80

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jul 19 Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (b. 1975)
  • Jul 21 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949)
  • Jul 27 Jack Tatum, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 1 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby, cricket representative (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), dies at 99
  • Aug 10 Antonio Pettigrew, American athlete (World C'ship gold 400m 1991), dies by overdose medication containing diphenhydramine at 42
  • Aug 11 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • Aug 16 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Aug 18 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
  • Aug 22 Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • Aug 27 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), dies at 76
  • Aug 31 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), dies of cancer at 50
  • Sep 1 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • Sep 5 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • Sep 7 Amar Garibović, Serbian Cross Country Skier (b. 1991)
  • Sep 12 Giulio Zignoli, Italian footballer (b. 1946)
  • Sep 20 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • Sep 23 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 77
  • Sep 27 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • Oct 1 Ian Buxton, English football forward (Derby County) and cricket all-rounder (Derbyshire captain), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • Oct 20 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 23 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • Oct 31 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • Nov 1 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), dies of heart attack due to acute mixed drug ingestion at 32
  • Nov 2 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), dies at 86

Person of interestSparky Anderson

Nov 4 Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager, dies at 76

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Nov 8 Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)
  • Nov 10 Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • Nov 13 Ken Iman, American football player (b. 1939)
  • Nov 14 Wes Santee, American middle distance runner, dies at 78
  • Nov 15 Ed Kirkpatrick, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Nov 15 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and journalist (b. 1932)
  • Nov 15 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)
  • Nov 20 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • Nov 20 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Nov 22 Jean Cione, American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player (b. 1928)
  • Nov 28 Gil McDougald, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Dec 2 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), dies from bladder cancer at 70
  • Dec 5 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • Dec 8 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), dies at 94
  • Dec 10 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • Dec 10 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, dies at 84
  • Dec 11 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Peter Pagel, German footballer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 12 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)
  • Dec 14 Dale Roberts, English footballer, dies at 24
  • Dec 15 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games), dies from leukemia at 92
  • Dec 17 Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Dec 17 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (NL MVP 1945), dies at 94
  • Dec 21 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • Dec 25 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), dies at 81