On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 15

  • 1852 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, dies at 74
  • 1910 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1958 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • 1963 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55
  • 1980 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1994 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • 2005 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2008 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2014 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), dies at 88
  • 2016 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), dies at 83

Person of interestPaul Allen

2018 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • 2018 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), dies of breast cancer at 69