Athletes Who Died During Game

There was a time when the winning position in a game used to be decided by the death of the opponent. Eventually, the games began a decrease in terms of cruelty, and started to be used much as a recreational entertainment. Starting from social sports of medieval times where games were often struck by tragic deaths of participants, there are many ancient records which claim participant’s deaths during an ongoing event of any sport.


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Arrachion of Phigalia was suffocated at the 564 BC Olympic Games during the pankration, and Iccus of Epidaurus was accidentally killed at the 492 BC Olympic Games during a boxing event. There are also records which claim that Pheidippides of Athens had died of exhaustion in 490 BC during the marathon running event. In modern days, all the events of any major sports have their own set of medical staff and emergency medical assistance to minimize the risk and to ensure care of any scenario after a fatal accident. But still, accidents and deaths can come in any form at any time, so here is the list of 10 Athletes Who Died During Game.

10 Athletes Who Died During Game

10. Ray Chapman

10 Athletes Who Died During Game
10 Athletes Who Died During Game

American baseball player Ray Chapman played as a shortstop for Cleveland Indians throughout his entire career. He is the only Major League Baseball player to face death from an injury during gameplay. Chapman holds the single-season record with 67 in 1917 and also placed sixth on the sacrifice hit all-time list. Chapman was hit by a pitch in the head thrown by Carl Mays of Yankees pitcher. This tragic accident happened in a game against the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds on August 16, 1920. Chapman died in a New York City hospital 12 hours later the accident happened at about 4:30 A.M. Chapman was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2006.

9. Antonio Puerta

10 Athletes Who Died During Game
10 Athletes Who Died During Game

Spanish footballer Antonio Puerta played in Spain International Football team, Spain U21, Spain U23 and also played solely for Sevilla football club as left midfielder and an attacking left back. Puerta led his team Sevilla to achieve five major titles during his career with the club. He faced a series of cardiac arrests during a La Liga game against Getafe on the 25th August 2007 and died on 28 August 2007 affected with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. Puerta collapsed in the penalty area due to a cardiac arrest at homeground Sánchez Pizjuán against Getafe CF after only 35 minutes of the game. as a tribute all 22 participants having the name ‘PUERTA’ printed on the back of their jersey in Sevilla vs A.C. Milan on 31 August 2007.

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8. Duk Koo Kim

10 Athletes Who Died During Game
10 Athletes Who Died During Game

South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim won 17 fights out of 20 fights that he ever participated in, out of which 8 wins came by knock-outs with his traditional Southpaw stance. He died during a world championship boxing match against Ray Mancini on November 13, 1982. Referee Richard Green stopped the fight after Kim went flying into the ropes because of simultaneous hard right-hand punches by Mancini and declared Mancini the winner by TKO nineteen seconds into the 14th round. He was rushed to the hospital where he was found to have “a subdural hematoma consisting of 100 cc of blood in his skull.” Koo Kim died four days after the fight with Mancini on November 17.

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