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Deaths in Sport in 2016

  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 18 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Feb 1 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; member of Pakistan's first Test team that played against India 1952–53), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • Feb 8 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from mesothelioma at 83
  • Feb 17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83

Person of interestMartin Crowe

Mar 3 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe

  • Mar 9 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • Mar 11 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Apr 19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85
  • May 9 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) & president (MCC), dies at 88
  • May 11 Jim Pothecary, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour), dies at 82
  • May 21 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74
  • May 30 Rick MacLeish, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1974, 75; Philadelphia Flyers; NHL All Star 1977, 78), dies of meningitis at 66

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Jun 3 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), dies of respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 6 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85

Person of interestGordie Howe

Jun 10 Gordie Howe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (23-time NHL All Star; NHL: Detroit Red Wings; WHA: Houston Aeros), dies of a stroke at 88

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Jun 11 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • Jun 28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84

Person of interestNate Thurmond

Jul 16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Aug 2 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • Aug 3 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer "Little Master" (1952-69), played the longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Sep 1 Len Maddocks, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's), dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47

Person of interestArnold Palmer

Sep 25 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), dies of heart failure at 87

  • Sep 28 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), dies at 68
  • Oct 9 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • Oct 15 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), dies at 79
  • Oct 25 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72
  • Nov 12 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 13 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), dies at 85
  • Nov 14 Gardnar Mulloy, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam doubles champion), dies of a stroke at 102
  • Nov 23 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • Nov 23 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), dies at 95
  • Nov 25 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), dies at 85
  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), dies from pneumonia at 96
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 11 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), dies at 89
  • Dec 12 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • Dec 14 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • Dec 29 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78