Deaths in Sport in 2015

  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 23 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

Feb 3 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92

  • Feb 6 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83

Person of interestEd Sabol

Feb 9 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Feb 18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics), dies at 52

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

Feb 26 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Feb 28 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time All Star), dies of heart disease at 92
  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), dies at 90
  • Mar 21 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97

Person of interestRichie Benaud

Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), dies of skin cancer at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Apr 20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • May 1 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • May 1 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • Jun 3 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • Jun 5 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • Jul 2 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • Jul 25 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of heart failure at 69
  • Jul 28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder, dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97

Person of interestLouise Suggs

Aug 6 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 95
  • Aug 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert, dies at 91
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Justin Wilson, English Indycar driver, dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • Aug 25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, dies at 90
  • Aug 27 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58
  • Aug 28 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 82
  • Sep 5 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93
  • Sep 8 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • Sep 13 Moses Malone, American NBA center "Chairman of the Boards"( Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 60

  • Sep 13 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91

Person of interestYogi Berra

Sep 22 Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), dies at 90

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 23 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Nov 10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), dies at 63
  • Nov 12 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • Nov 16 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 89

Person of interestJonah Lomu

Nov 18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • Nov 18 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • Nov 21 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • Nov 29 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), dies at 89

Person of interestDolph Schayes

Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59