On This Day

Sports Stars Who Died in 2018

  • Jan 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Jack Nel, South African cricket batsman (6 Tests, Western Province), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • Jan 15 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • Jan 20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Jan 21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Jan 21 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jan 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • Feb 9 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • Feb 10 Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63

Roger Bannister

Mar 3 Roger Bannister, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

  • Mar 4 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31
  • Mar 9 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), takes his own life at 47
  • Mar 12 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), dies of pneumonia at 54
  • Mar 15 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • Mar 20 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 22 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • Mar 24 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • Mar 29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73
  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 5 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71
  • May 1 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • May 2 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • May 2 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (30 Tests GB, 4 England; St Helens 373 games, Cronulla-Sutherland), dies of cancer at 78
  • May 3 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • May 3 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93
  • May 3 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • May 3 Paolo Signorelli, Italian footballer, dies at 79
  • May 4 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • May 4 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21
  • May 6 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • May 8 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • May 9 Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35
  • May 10 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
  • May 12 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • May 14 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • May 16 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC 2002-15), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • May 20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77

Billy Cannon

May 20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80

  • May 22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97
  • May 23 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86
  • May 25 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82
  • Jun 2 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • Jun 4 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • Jun 6 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), dies at 95

Maria Bueno

Jun 8 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78

  • Jun 13 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), dies at 85
  • Jun 13 Anne Donovan, Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (Olympic gold 1984, 88; coach 2008), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Jun 16 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, dies of health complications at 73
  • Jun 18 Walter Bahr, American soccer midfielder (19 caps) and coach (Penn State), dies of complications broken hip at 91
  • Jun 19 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • Jun 20 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Jun 26 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • Jun 29 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jul 9 Hans Günter Winkler, German equestrian (5 x Olympic gold 1956 [2], 60, 64, 72), dies at 91
  • Jul 11 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87
  • Jul 12 Len Chappell, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1964 NY Knicks; All-American 1962 Wake Forest Uni), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • Jul 16 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • Jul 22 Tony Sparano, American football coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11; Oakland Raiders 2014), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 24 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), dies at 77
  • Jul 24 John Murray, England cricket wicketkeeper (21 Tests; 55 dismissals), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 28 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • Jul 31 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • Aug 7 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1961; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1967, 68; 6 x NHL First All-Star Team), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78
  • Aug 15 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR Team, All-around 1988; World C'ship gold x 5), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Aug 21 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies from dementia at 78
  • Sep 6 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 6 Alan Oakman, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; Sussex CCC), dies at 88
  • Sep 11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 28 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from brain cancer at 90

Paul Allen

Oct 15 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65

  • Oct 15 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), dies of breast cancer at 69
  • Oct 29 Larry Snyder, American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1969; George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award 1989), dies from cancer at 76

Willie McCovey

Oct 31 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), dies of an infection at 80

  • Nov 9 Ken Howell, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 57
  • Nov 12 David Pearson, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series C'ship 1966, 68, 69; NASCAR Rookie of the Year 1960; Daytona 500 1976), dies at 83
  • Nov 24 David Defiagbon, Nigerian-Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996), dies at 48
  • Nov 29 Ruth Haring, American chess player and President of the US Chess Federation, dies at 63