On This Day

Deaths in Sport in October 2006

  • Oct 1 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), dies from cancer at 54
  • Oct 6 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)

Person of interestBuck O'Neil

Oct 6 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • Oct 6 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • Oct 11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • Oct 27 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), dies from a brain aneurysm at 61
  • Oct 27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66

Person of interestRed Auerbach

Oct 28 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach