On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 17

  • 1918 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • 1958 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies at 81
  • 1965 Barton King, cricketer (America's greatest cricket all-rounder), dies
  • 1972 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • 1977 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • 1991 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1994 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • 1994 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), dies at 85
  • 2000 Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 2002 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • 2015 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69