On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died 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 coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant 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 cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), 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

Martin Crowe

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

  • 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, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), dies at 90

Johan Cruyff

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 7 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer, commits suicide at 27
  • May 9 John Warr, English cricket bowler (avg 281) & president (MCC), dies at 88
  • May 11 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), 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

Muhammad Ali

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

  • Jun 6 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85

Gordie 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

  • Jun 12 Donald Carr, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 x 50, 2 wickets; Derbyshire CCC) and official (secretary Test and County Cricket Board 1976-86), 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 football coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals), dies from cancer and stroke complications at 85

Nate Thurmond

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

  • Jul 31 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), dies from pancreatic cancer at 61
  • 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 Cricket Batsman (55 Tests; longest Test innings in history at 16 hours, 337 v WI 1958; 12 x 100), 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 (7 Tests, 19 dismissals; Victoria, Tasmania), dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Sep 7 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), dies at 79

Arnold Palmer

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

  • Sep 27 Randy Duncan Jr., American College Football HOF quarterback (University of Iowa; #1 pick 1959 NFL Draft by GB Packers), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Sep 28 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), dies at 68
  • Oct 6 Mick Harvey, Australian cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire), dies at 95
  • Oct 7 Johnny Gleeson, Australian cricket spin bowler (29 Tests, 93 wickets, BB 5/61; NSW CA), dies at 78
  • 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 yachtsman (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 (Epsom Derby 1981, 86, 95; Irish Derby 1983, 86; Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 1983), 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 a 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