Deaths in Sport on October 12

  • 1923 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • 1936 Bernard Bosanquet, English cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies at 58
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, Australian cricket batsman and captain (9 Tests; NSW), dies at 84
  • 1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicket-keeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • 1967 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72

Sonja HenieSonja Henie (1912-1969)

Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57

  • 1993 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1996 Jack Robertson, cricketer (Midsex & Eng open bat 11 Tests), dies at 79

René LacosteRené Lacoste (1904-1996)

French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain (1936-1999)

American College / Basketball HOF center (4 x NBA MVP; 13 x All Star; NBA C'ship 1967, 72 [MVP]; Philadelphia/SF Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Lakers), dies of heart failure at 63

  • 2002 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)

Bill ShoemakerBill Shoemaker (1931-2003)

American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72

  • 2003 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • 2009 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • 2010 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2020 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), dies at 78
  • 2021 Leon Black, American college basketball coach (Texas Longhorns men's team 1967-76), dies at 89
  • 2021 Raúl Coloma, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (13 caps; Ferrobádminton, Municipal Santiago, Ferroviaros), dies at 93
  • 2021 Renton Laidlaw, Scottish golf broadcaster and journalist (President Association of Golf Writers 1995-2015; BBC Radio), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • 2022 Luke Jackson, American basketball center/forward (Olympic gold 1964; NBA C'ship 1967 Philadelphia 76ers; NBA All Star 1965), dies from heart failure at 80