On This Day

Deaths in Sport on November 7

  • 1922 Sam Thompson, baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1945 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • 1966 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • 1978 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-28), dies at 80
  • 2006 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Johnny Sain, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 2008 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets; Auckland CA), dies of cancer at 64

Joe Frazier

2011 Joe Frazier, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), dies of liver cancer at 67

  • 2012 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight title 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • 2017 Roy Halladay, American Baseball HOF pitcher (8 x MLB All-Star, Cy Young Award 2003, 10; perfect game 2010; postseason no-hitter 2010; Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), died when piloting a plane under influence of painkillers, sleeping pills at 40