On This Day

Deaths in Sport on November 1

  • 1926 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests), dies at 69
  • 1947 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes 1920), dies from a heart attack at 30
  • 1949 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper and soccer goalkeeper (1 Test; 3 caps), dies at 78
  • 1956 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), dies at 67
  • 1957 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), dies at 56
  • 1962 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), dies in practice accident at 20
  • 1964 Clifford "Doc" Carlson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Pittsburgh 367–248 [.597]), dies at 70
  • 1985 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • 1993 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 1995 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), dies at 58

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1999 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2000 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 56
  • 2001 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), dies at 76
  • 2010 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), dies at 78
  • 2012 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983; Atlanta Braves), dies during apparent home robbery at 55
  • 2014 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), commits suicide at 46