Deaths in Sport on October 12

  • 1923 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • 1936 B L T Bosanquet, cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies
  • 1938 Hugh Massie, Australian cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies at 84
  • 1947 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (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
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice 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
  • 1996 RenĂ© Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), dies of heart failure at 92

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1999 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 2002 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2003 Joan Kroc, 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
  • 2003 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72
  • 2009 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • 2010 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)