On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 22

  • 1883 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer and cricketer (Test for Australia 1882), dies at 27
  • 1917 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), dies from pneumonia at 54
  • 1927 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • 1965 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • 1989 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), dies at 84
  • 1990 Frank Sinkwich, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1942, U of Georgia; NFL Draft #1 pick Detroit Lions 1943; NFL MVP 1944), dies at 70
  • 1992 Red Barber, sportscaster (Dodgers, Yankees), dies at 84
  • 2000 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 2001 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), dies at 77
  • 2020 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70