On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 2013

  • Jan 1 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist & broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 2 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), dies from a respiratory illness at 67
  • Jan 4 Derek Kevan, English footballer, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), dies from bowel cancer at 81
  • Jan 13 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), dies from complications from a stroke at 76
  • Jan 14 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder, dies at 69
  • Jan 15 (Jesús) "Chucho" Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Jan 16 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Anatoly Bannik, Ukrainian chess master, dies at 91

Stan Musial

Jan 19 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

  • Jan 20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • Jan 28 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian boxer (Olympic gold light welterweight 1956), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • Feb 2 Walt Sweeney, American football offensive lineman (9 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967, 68; San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • Feb 2 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer, dies at 80
  • Feb 22 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Sammy Guillen, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests West Indies & 3 Tests New Zealand), dies at 88
  • Mar 5 Calvin Fowler, American basketball point guard (Olympic gold 1968 co-captain; Saint Francis University), dies at 73
  • Mar 6 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 54
  • Mar 13 Ducky Detweiler, American MLB player, dies at 94
  • Mar 15 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, dies at 91
  • Mar 22 Pietro Mennea, Italian sprinter (200m world record), dies from cancer at 60
  • Mar 23 Virgil Trucks, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1945 Detroit Tigers; MLB All Star 1949, 54), dies at 95
  • Mar 25 Lou Sleater, American MLB pitcher, dies from lung disease at 86
  • Mar 26 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • Mar 27 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • Mar 28 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 30 Bob Turley, American MLB pitcher, 1951-63, (New York Yankees, and 3 other teams), 3X All-Star, Cy Young and World Series MVP, 1958, dies from liver cancer at 82
  • Apr 1 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76
  • Apr 2 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Apr 4 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain, coach (25 Tests; St. George), dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Grady Hatton, American baseball player and manager, dies from natural causes at 90
  • Apr 11 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • Apr 12 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • Apr 12 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), dies from cancer at 72
  • Apr 20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59
  • May 7 George Sauer, Jr., American football wide receiver (AFL All Star 1996-99; Super Bowl 1969; New York Jets), dies from heart failure at 69
  • May 9 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
  • May 11 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • May 13 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 13 Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoer, dies at 56
  • May 16 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • May 17 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82
  • May 20 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), dies at 88
  • May 24 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), dies at 70
  • May 24 Antonio Puchades, Spanish soccer midfielder (23 caps; Valencia 256 games), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • May 30 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), dies at 74
  • Jun 3 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • Jun 6 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Jun 11 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), dies from lymphoma at 82
  • Jun 15 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, dies from complications of a cardiac condition at 87
  • Jun 15 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, dies from respiratory failure at 90
  • Jun 16 Hans Hass, Austrian diving pioneer, dies at 94
  • Jun 18 Gene Freese, American MLB player, dies from complications of back surgery at 79
  • Jun 23 Sharon Stouder, American swimmer, dies at 64
  • Jun 27 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92
  • Jul 1 John Stanford, American college baseball coach/administrator (Middle Tennessee), dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Matt Batts, American MLB player, dies at 91
  • Jul 15 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), dies at 72
  • Jul 16 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, dies at 85
  • Jul 19 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), dies from prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • Jul 19 Bert Trautmann, German soccer goalkeeper (Manchester City 508 games; FWA Footballer of the Year 1956), dies from heart failure at 89
  • Jul 22 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), dies at 84
  • Jul 23 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from pneumonia at 84
  • Jul 23 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75
  • Jul 28 George Scott, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • Jul 28 Frank Castillo, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1991-2005 (Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and 4 other teams), drowns while boating at 44
  • Jul 29 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), dies from heart failure at 27
  • Aug 1 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), dies from heart and lung disease at 82
  • Aug 4 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89
  • Aug 9 John Logan, American MLB player, dies at 86
  • Aug 9 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77
  • Aug 18 Dezső Gyarmati, Hungarian water polo player, dies at 85
  • Aug 25 Gilmar, Brazilian football player, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • Aug 27 Zelmo Beaty, American Basketball HOF center (2 × NBA All-Star; 3 × ABA All-Star; St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars, LA Lakers), dies at 73

Tommy Morrison

Sep 1 <a href="/people/tommy-morrison">Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), dies from AIDS at 44

  • Sep 3 Don Meineke, American basketball forward (NBA Rookie of the Year 1953; Fort Wayne Pistons, Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), dies at 82
  • Sep 5 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • Sep 13 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Rock Casares, American football player, dies at 82

Ken Norton

Sep 18 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, dies at 70

  • Sep 19 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), dies from myelodysplastic syndrome at 67
  • Sep 19 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74
  • Sep 28 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), dies at 81
  • Sep 29 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, dies from kidney failure at 67
  • Oct 8 Andy Pafko, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • Oct 18 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1962-64, 67; NHL All-Star 1960, 61, 66; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Bum Phillips, American football coach (Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), dies at 90

Bill Sharman

Oct 25 Bill Sharman, American Basketball HOF guard (8 × NBA All-Star; 4 x NBA C'ship; Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1972 LA Lakers), dies from stroke complications at 87

  • Nov 2 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of the Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 74
  • Nov 3 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), dies at 86
  • Nov 4 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • Nov 6 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101
  • Nov 13 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, dies from complications during liver transplant surgery at 57
  • Nov 15 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), dies at 83
  • Nov 15 Raimondo d'Inzeo, Italian equestrian, 1st athlete to compete in 8 Olympic games (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76), dies at 88
  • Nov 16 Arne Pedersen, Norwegian soccer inside forward (40 caps; Fredrikstad), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Vern Mikkelsen, American HOF basketball player, dies at 85
  • Nov 22 Reg Simpson, English cricket batsman (27 Tests; best 156no v Australia 1951), dies at 93
  • Nov 25 Bill Foulkes, English footballer (Manchester United), dies at 81
  • Nov 27 Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from a lung infection at 88
  • Dec 2 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), dies from mesencephalic atrophy at 70
  • Dec 3 Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spin bowler (1 Test; 16 years, 352 days, then youngest Test player), dies at 76
  • Dec 4 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 92
  • Dec 7 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), dies from pneumonia at 51
  • Dec 21 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • Dec 22 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • Dec 25 Mike Hegan, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1969 NY Yankees; World Series 1972 Oakland A's), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Dec 26 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), dies from a heart attack at 69