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Johnny Slick
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I know, it's a morbid curiosity, but I've always been fascinated by sports figures who pass before their time. I'm doubly into the stories of deaths of people on the playing field, or gridiron, or whatever your sport of choice calls it. A couple of 'em, off the top of my head:

Ray Chapman - Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians, killed by a pitched ball in 1920 by underhanded (!) power pitcher (!!) Carl Mays.

Supposedly a very early baseball player ruptured a muscle and died from the strain of swinging at a pitch (sounds kind of ULish to me, but hey! That's what these forums are for!)

Benny "The Kid" Paret - Killed by Emile Griffith in a late 1940s boxing match.

Curtis Williams - University of Washington football player paralyzed by a 2000 hit and died from his injuries 4 years later.

Sam Patch - Disappeared after jumping 100 feet off Niagara Falls, a trick he'd pulled successfully a week earlier. The first "extreme" sports guy, I guess; his body washed up 4 years later, in 1829.

Many American footballers died around the turn of the century because of a play called the "flying wedge", where you basically lined up 30 yards away from your opponent and slammed into him at full speed. Oh yeah, and the only way to get guys to break formation sometimes and get to the ballcarrier was to leap up in the air over the guys running at you. Not surprisingly, this play resulted in a lot of head and neck injuries. More surprisingly, the play was developed at Harvard.

I know there are more than this...

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Not what you're looking for, but the only thing that leaps to my mind is the umpire who had a heart attack and died during a Reds game a few year back.

Oh, and of course Dale Earnhart died on the track. Come to that, I'm certain there are many race car drivers who have died while racing.

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Johnny Slick
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That was Eric Gregg, right? That's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, thanks.

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Marc Vivien Foe died during a match, a year ago last summer... [Frown]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/3024360.stm

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John McSherry was the name of the umpire. Here's some more info:

Opening-day tragedy leaves umpire dead

And the story that makes this stick out in my mind:
Insensitivity defined reign over Reds - and ended it
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Two years later, when home plate umpire John McSherry dropped dead of a heart attack seven pitches into the Reds' season opener, Schott was hesitant to call the game, saying, "I feel cheated. This isn't supposed to happen to us, not in Cincinnati.'' She sent flowers to the umpires' dressing room - flowers she had received that day from someone else.


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On November 13, 1982 Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim collapsed minutes after being defeated by Ray Mancini. Kim never regained consciousness and died in surgery.

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I don't know if you want to classify him as a sports figure, but Owen Hart died in the wrestling ring.
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During the 1905-1910 period football got so bad (33 people died from injuries substained on field in 1908 alone) that President Theodore Roosevelt was forced to threaten football with a total ban unless new rules and regulations were put into place to improve safety.

Even today with safety regulations and equipment football kills more high school students in America then school shooting do. 15 deaths in 2002, 23 in 2001, 12 in 2000, and 17 in 1999.

I'll repeat that, because it bears repeating. Your child is more likely to be killed playing football while on school property then by being shot while on school property.

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
Oh, and of course Dale Earnhart died on the track. Come to that, I'm certain there are many race car drivers who have died while racing.

Ayrton Senna is an obvious example. (And Roland Ratzenberger died during qualifying laps the day before at the same corner but not during the actual race.)
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quote:
Originally posted by Johnny Slick:
Benny "The Kid" Paret - Killed by Emile Griffith in a late 1940s boxing match.

Correction on the date: the bout took place in 1962.
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Tom Simpson collapsed and died on Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France of 1967.

Fabio Casartelli crashed and died (quite horrifically) on the descent of Col de Portet d'Aspet in the Tour de France of 1995.

Francesco Cepada crashed and died after falling down a ravine on the Col du Galibier during the Tour de France of 1935.

Here is a list of international pro-cyclist deaths during races (at least 28).

ETA: the Brazilian footballer Serginho collapsed and died on the field in October this year.

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Many cricketers have died whilst playing the game. A few examples are:

Prince Frederick, son of George II, died in 1751 after he was hit on the chest by a cricket ball. an internal abscess burst and suffocated him.

Charles Grace, the son of England's most famous cricketer, W. G. Grace, died whilst playing.

Many cricketers have died when hit on the head or chest by a ball, but now with the introduction of helmets the death rate has descreased dramatically.

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Can we include Ruffian?

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They had a nice explanation of why being struck by a ball in the chest can cause death on a rerun CSI recently.

The story in the episode was that two guys got into a fight, and one punched the other in the chest, causing the heart's rhythm to get screwed up, thereby causing cardiac arrest.

They kept referring to it as a "fastball in the chest," IIRC.

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I remember this one from last year.
He wasn't a very well-known player, but he did die before his time.
I am a Cubs fan and this happened right before a game between the two. If they weren't playing the Cubs, I might not remember, but I thought I'd throw it in.

ETA: There is a list of other deaths of athletes on the bottom of the linked page, there's about four more, so check that out too if you want.

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On Jan. 13, 1968, Minnesota North Star center Bill Masterson struck his head on the ice during a game against the Oakland Seals. He died forty-eight hours later.

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A couple years ago, Reggie Brown of the Detroit Lions stopped breathing after a nasty hit and had to be revived on the field. It was also the game that Barry Sanders reached the 2000 yards in a single season mark vs. the Jets. Its a near death.

Just recently I read about a South American boxer (Brazil?) dying from injuries in the ring. It actually happens (unfortunately) quite often, but more-so on a lower-level of boxing (as in, not names most people would recognize).

Auto Racing has claimed a ton. Just off the top of my head: Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin, Neil Bonnet.

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From this page: http://www.clarionledger.com/news/sports/football2002/um/um_trivia.html


1991 — Ole Miss football player Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins, who had been paralyzed from the neck down after a collision in a 1989 game against Vanderbilt, died May 6 in a Memphis hospital.


Other NASCAR drivers who have died in racing accidents: Fireball Roberts, Tiny Lund, J.D. McDuffie, Kenny Irwin Jr.
There are more but just the ones I could think of off hand.
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I guess it comes with the territory in extreme sports, such as big wave surfer Mark Foo.

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Few years ago Miinnesota Viking player Kori Stringer, succumbeed to a heat stroke/heat exhaustion during pre-season training.

I cant find an article about it though. I will keep looking though..

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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
Few years ago Miinnesota Viking player Kori Stringer, succumbeed to a heat stroke/heat exhaustion during pre-season training.

I cant find an article about it though. I will keep looking though..

You just mis-remembered his name. Korey Stringer
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quote:
Originally posted by CD:
A couple years ago, Reggie Brown of the Detroit Lions stopped breathing after a nasty hit and had to be revived on the field. It was also the game that Barry Sanders reached the 2000 yards in a single season mark vs. the Jets. Its a near death.

As far as near deaths, Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres nearly died when Uwe Krupp's skate cut his jugular on the ice. (Warning: Graphic pix)


Hank Gathers, of the Loyola Marymount basketball team, died on the court of a heart condition.

Rashidi Wheeler, a Safety from Northwestern, died of heat stroke only a short time after Korey Stringer.

If we expand the topic beyond on-field deaths, keeping it to players in their prime:
Dan Snyder of the Alanta Thrashers died in a horrific drunk driving accident in 2003.

Two members of the Oklahoma State basketball team died in a plane crash, supposedly from insufficient de-icing. (Incidentally, they flew out from the airport which is a few miles from my house.)

Patrick Dennehy of the Baylor basketball team was murdered, allegedly by his teammate.

Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs died as the result of a car wreck as well.

I can't remember the name, but supposedly the sky surfer who starred in a bunch of Mountain Dew commercials several years ago died in a parachute malfunction.

And of course, Pat Tillman. RIP all.

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If we expand it to dying in their sporting prime, there's most of the Manchester United team who died in the Munich air crash in 1958. Details.

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Does Reggie Lewis count?
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In Game 1 of the series Reggie Lewis collapsed on the court. He was later diagnosed with arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat), a condition that brought tragic results in the offseason. On July 27, 1993, while shooting baskets at Brandeis University in Boston, the 27-year-old Lewis collapsed again. He was found by paramedics in complete cardiac arrest and died shortly thereafter.
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quote:
Originally posted by mosherette:
If we expand it to dying in their sporting prime, there's most of the Manchester United team who died in the Munich air crash in 1958. Details.

And, for that matter, the 1972 Israeli Olympic Team.
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Also Marshall University, located in Huntington WV lost most of their football team and coaching staff to a plane crash on November 14th, 1970.

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Nearly all of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team (skaters, coaches, and several family members) were killed in a plane crash on the way to that year's Worlds.

Sergei Grinkov, Olympic Gold Medal pairs skater from USSR/Russia, died from an undiagnosed heart problem while rehearsing with his wife Katya Gordeeva.

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Then there was the bus accident of the Swift Current Broncos Western Hockey League team.
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If we're extending this to off the playing field deaths, there was the somewhat bizarre death of golfer Payne Stewart.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/golf/pga/news/1999/10/25/stewart_plane_ap/

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Len Bias died while celebrating being drafted by the Celtics.
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Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers collapsed during a game and died two hours later.

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Winston Cup drivers Davey Allison & Alan Kulwicki died off the track in helicoptor / plane accidents (respectively), three months apart.

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Soviet Diver Sergei Chalibashvili who died after attempting the "Dive of Death" - a reverse 3-1/2 somersault in the tuck position- at a meet in 1983.

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Number three on ESPNs most shocking NFL moments:

"Detroit Lions receiver Chuck Hughes dies of heart attack during game (Oct. 24, 1971)
The Lions trailed the Bears 28-23 late in the fourth quarter, and had the ball. With the Lions running a two-minute drill, wide receiver Chuck Hughes came into the game, and went deep over the middle on a play that ended with an incomplete pass intended for another receiver. As he headed back to the huddle, he collapsed. Bears middle linebacker Dick Butkus got to him first and alerted the Lions bench. Team doctor Richard Thompson came onto the field and tried to resuscitate Hughes, unsuccessfully. The game was finished in silence."

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quote:
Originally posted by CD:
Len Bias died while celebrating being drafted by the Celtics.

And by celebrating you mean smoking crack cocaine!
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