Deaths in Sport in 2011

  • Jan 4 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 6 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Feb 11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 11 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • Feb 27 Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • Mar 21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), dies at 90
  • May 1 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74
  • May 25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher/broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • Jun 7 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

Jun 11 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (2-time Wimbledon runner-up), dies at 80

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jun 23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • Jun 24 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
  • Jun 27 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 30 Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)
  • Jul 7 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), dies at 82
  • Jul 9 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jul 13 Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Jul 16 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • Jul 22 Cees de Wolf, Dutch footballer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • Aug 4 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • Aug 15 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • Aug 24 Mike Flanagan, American baseball pitcher (b. 1951)
  • Aug 28 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • Aug 31 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)
  • Sep 4 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • Sep 11 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • Sep 11 Ralph Gubbins, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 12 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)
  • Oct 1 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golfer (b. 1931)

Person of interestAl Davis

Oct 8 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Oct 9 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • Oct 15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 16 Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)
  • Oct 23 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24
  • Oct 31 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

Nov 7 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Nov 12 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, dies at 55
  • Nov 17 Kurt Budke, American basketball coach (b. 1961)
  • Nov 23 Jim Rathmann, 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, dies at 83
  • Nov 27 Gary Speed, Former Welsh international footballer and Wales national football team manager (b. 1969)
  • Dec 1 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 90
  • Dec 3 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), dies at 90
  • Dec 4 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Dec 5 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 15 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80