Deaths in Sport 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 cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), 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 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • 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
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Samuel "Sammy" Stewart, Americal MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies at 63

Person of interestRoger Bannister

Mar 3 Roger Bannister, English middle-distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile at Iffley Road Track, Oxford (1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • Mar 4 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31
  • Mar 12 Kenneth "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 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 who became the youngest player in league history at 16 (Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 5 Eric Bristow [The Crafty Cockney], English darts legend and 5 time world champion, dies of a heart attack at 60 while attending a Premier League Darts event in Liverpool
  • Apr 23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71
  • May 1 Arthur Barnard, American sprinter, dies at 89
  • May 1 Dennis Claridge, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • May 1 Pavel Pergl, Czech footballer (Sparta Prague), commits suicide at 40
  • May 1 Charlie Stone, English rugby league footballer (Hull, Featherstone Rovers), dies at 67
  • May 2 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • May 2 Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), 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 Lionel Lamy, French footballer, dies at 74
  • 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 20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77
  • May 20 Billy Cannon, American football player (Heisman-1959), 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
  • Jun 8 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of mouth cancer at 78
  • Jun 13 Charles "Chuck" Vinci, American weightlifter and Olympic champion (1956 and 1960 gold), dies at 85
  • 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, coach (1950 US beat England 1-0), 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, (5-time British Open champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Jun 20 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies at 88
  • 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 22 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65