Athletes, coaches and officials who died in plane crashes

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: November 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm •  Published: November 18, 2011
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Dec. 13, 1977 — University of Evansville men's basketball coach Bobby Watson and 14 players, in Evansville, Ind.

Nov. 29, 1975 — Graham Hill, 46, two-time Formula I champion, 1966 Indianapolis 500 winner and head of Embassy Hill racing, along with English F-I driver Tony Brise, 33, in North London.

June 24, 1975 — Wendell Ladner, 26, New York Nets forward, in New York.

Dec. 31, 1972 — Roberto Clemente, 38, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, en route to Nicaragua to aid earthquake victims.

Oct. 13, 1972 — Uruguayan rugby club, among the 29 casualties, in the Andes, Chile.

Aug. 31, 1969 — Rocky Marciano, 45, world heavyweight champion from 1947-56, in Newton, Iowa.

Nov. 14, 1970 — Marshall University football team, 36 players, in Huntington, W.Va.

Oct. 2, 1970 — Wichita State football team, 14 players, in Colorado.

Sept. 26, 1969 — Bolivian soccer team “The Strongest,” coach Eustaquio Ortuno, 16 players and two staff members, near Viloco, Bolivia.

June 6, 1969 — Rafael Osuna, 30, 1963 U.S. Open tennis champion, in Mexico.

April 28, 1968 — Lamar Tech track team, five members and the coach, in Beaumont, Texas.

July 24, 1966 — Tony Lema, 32, 1964 British Open champion, in Munster, Ind.

Feb. 15, 1964 — Ken Hubbs, 22, Chicago Cubs second baseman, in Utah.

April 12, 1962 — Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver, in Melbourne.

March 1, 1962 — Johnny Dieckman, world fly-casting champion, in Chicago.

April 3, 1961 — Green Cross, eight members of the first-division Chilean soccer team, in the Las Lastimas Mountains.

Feb. 16, 1961 — U.S. figure skating team, 18 members and 10 coaches and officials, in Belgium.

Oct. 10, 1960 — Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo football team, 16 members, in Toledo, Ohio.

April 29, 1959 — Joaquin Blume, 25, Spain's European gymnastics champion, in Madrid.

Oct. 30, 1958 — Philip Scrutton, British Walker Cup golfer.

Aug. 14, 1958 — Egyptian fencing team, six members, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Feb. 6, 1958 — English soccer champion Manchester United, eight members, in Munich.

Nov. 27, 1956 — Charlie Peete, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder, in Venezuela.

Sept. 20, 1956 — Tom Gastall, 24, Baltimore Orioles catcher, in Maryland.

Oct. 30, 1954 — Wilbur Shaw, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Decatur, Ind.

July 1, 1954 — John McBride, Alabama halfback, killed in ROTC training flight in Texas.

Aug. 26, 1951 — Bill Barilko, 24, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, in northern Quebec.

Jan. 7, 1950 — Moscow VVS ice hockey team, 11 players, near Sverdlovsk, now known as Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Oct. 27, 1949 — Marcel Cerdan, former world middleweight champion, en route to Spain to fight Jake LaMotta, in the Azores.

May 4, 1949 — Italian soccer team, Turin. The four-time league champions lost 22 members, including the 18 players and two coaches, in Turin, Italy.

Nov. 8, 1948 — Czechoslovak national ice hockey team, five members including IIHF Hall of Famer Ladislav Trojak, in the English Channel.

June 2, 1943 — Nile Kinnick, 26, 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, in the Gulf of Paria off the coast of Venezuela.

March 31, 1931 — Knute Rockne, Notre Dame football coach, in Kansas.

Oct. 18, 1925 — Marvin Goodwin, Cincinnati Reds pitcher, in Houston.

Dec. 21, 1918 — Hobey Baker, 26, hockey and football player at Princeton 1910-14, in France.



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