Raymond Johnson Chapman (January 15, 1891 – August 17, 1920) was an American baseball player, spending his entire career as a shortstop for Cleveland. He is the second of only two Major League Baseball players to have died as a result of an injury received in a game (the first was Mike "Doc" Powers in 1909); Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays.
Albert François Cevert Goldenberg was a French racing driver, who took part in the Formula One World Championship. Cevert was the son of a Paris jeweler and brother-in-law of Grand Prix driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
Helmuth Koinigg (November 3, 1948 – October 6, 1974) was an Austrian racing driver who died in a crash in the 1974 United States Grand Prix, only his second Grand Prix start. Koinigg was born in Vienna. He raced in touring cars, Formula Vee and Formula Ford before a period in sports car racing.
James Creighton, Jr. (April 15, 1841 – October 18, 1862) was a pitcher in baseball's earliest era. Among his many accomplishments, he was in all likelihood the first professional ballplayer, threw the first fastball, completed the first recorded triple play, and is considered by baseball historians to be the game's first superstar.
Billy Haughton, or William R. Haughton (November 23, 1923 – July 15, 1986) was an American harness driver and trainer, and one of the most-winning drivers ever. He was one of only three drivers to win the Hambletonian four times, the only one to win the Little Brown Jug five times, and the only one to win the Messenger Stakes seven times. With a career record of 4,910 wins and c.
John Delphus McDuffie (December 5, 1938 - August 11, 1991) was a Sprint Cup Series driver. John Delphus (J. D. ) McDuffie was born on December 5, 1938, in Sanford North Carolina, where he and his wife Ima Jean later made their home and raised Jeff and Linda, their two children. On July 7, 1963, J. D. went racing for the first time on the Grand National circuit (Winston would not arrive on the scene for another nine years) at Myrtle Beach Speedway, then known as Rambi Raceway.
Frank Hayes (1888 - 1923) was a jockey who, in 1923, suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of a race at Belmont Park in New York. His horse, Sweet Kiss, finished and won the race with his lifeless body still atop, making him the first, and thus far, only, jockey to win a race after death.
Jonatan Johansson (7 March 1980 - 12 March 2006) was a Swedish Olympic snowboarder from Sollentuna, Stockholms Iän. Johansson died following a failed jump landing during training for the International Ski Federation World Cup competition. In 2000 he began competing at the World Cup level and was ranked 45th in the world. In 2005, he was the Swedish champion and won first prize in the Finnish National Championship.
Harry Grant (July 10, 1877 - October 8, 1915) was an American auto racing driver. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, driving an ALCO, Grant won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island. He then competed in the Indianapolis 500 four times between 1911 and 1915. He had his best showing in 1915, finishing in 5th place. Later that year Grant was killed at Sheepshead Bay, New York when his car crashed during a practice run for the Astor Cup.
Jimmy Gleason (17 February 1898 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 12 September 1931 Syracuse, New York) was an American racecar driver. He was killed in an AAA National Championship race at Syracuse a week after he captured his first Championship Car victory at Altoona.
Michael Joseph Venezia (May 5, 1945 – October 13, 1988) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was killed in a racing accident. Venezia had been a jockey for twenty-five years and rode his first winner in 1964. He had ridden 2,313 winners when he was thrown from his horse, Mr. Walter K. and trampled to death by a trailing horse during a race at Belmont Park.
Ernie Schaaf (September 27, 1908 in Elizabeth, NJ – February 14, 1933) was a professional boxer. Schaaf is noted for boxing then-future heavyweight champion of the world Max Baer twice, the first time soundly beating Baer, and the second losing on decision. During the second fight with Baer, Schaaf was knocked senseless two seconds before the final bell, which saved him from an official knockout. It took several minutes for him to be revived.
Max Houben (May 5, 1898 – February 10, 1949) was a Belgian athlete and bobsledder who competed from the early 1920s to the late 1940s. He won a silver medal in the four-man event at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and was the oldest medalist at the Winter Olympics (49 years, 278 days) until Canadian Russ Howard won a gold medal in men's curling at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (50 years, 7 days).
Dominick Bellizzi (c.1912 – May, 1934) was an American jockey who died at age twenty-two as a result of a horse racing accident. An up-and-coming young jockey in Thoroughbred racing, during 1933 Dominick Bellizzi rode to victory in the Futurity at Chicago's Arlington Park for Charles T. Fisher's Dixiana Farm.
Sergio Zardini (November 22, 1931 - February 22, 1966) was an Italian bobsledder who competed from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. He won the silver medal in the two-man event at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He was born in Turin. Zardini also won ten medals at the FIBT World Championships with one gold, six silvers, and three bronzes. Following the 1964 games, Zardini emigrated to Canada where he competed.
Ryan Shay (May 4, 1979 – November 3, 2007) was an American professional long-distance runner. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and attended the University of Notre Dame. He was married to Alicia Craig, also an American distance runner. Shay is survived by his wife Alicia, parents Joe and Susan, and his seven siblings: Jodie, Casey, Sarah, Amie, and younger brothers Nate (who also was a distance runner at Notre Dame), Elliott and Stephan.