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  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45

Person of interestMike Ilitch

Feb 10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Feb 17 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Feb 22 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 3 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85
  • Mar 10 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • Mar 19 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), dies at 76
  • Mar 22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, dies at 71

  • Mar 31 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • May 1 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • May 5 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98
  • May 6 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), dies at 37
  • May 11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • May 14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), dies at 94
  • May 22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • May 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • May 26 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 26 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 6 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • Jul 15 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87
  • Jul 21 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • Jul 23 Mervyn Rose, Australian professional tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Aug 6 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • Aug 6 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • Sep 3 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion), dies at 75
  • Sep 7 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79

Person of interestJake LaMotta

Sep 19 Jake LaMotta, American middleweight boxing champion (1949-51) (immortalised in Raging Bull), dies at 95

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Sep 29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81
  • Nov 4 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87
  • Nov 13 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99
  • Nov 18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • Nov 19 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 6 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89
  • Dec 7 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • Dec 19 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, dies from heart complications at 82
  • Dec 21 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Dec 29 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56), dies at 88