On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 25

  • 1910 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), dies of epilepsy at 31
  • 1929 James Lillywhite, English cricket slow bowler (1st England Test captain; 2 Tests, 8 wickets; Sussex CCC) and umpire (6 Tests 1881–99), dies at 87
  • 1942 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65
  • 1972 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), dies in a car accident at 54

Abebe Bikila

1973 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

  • 1980 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), dies in stock-car race pit area accident at 31

Bobby Riggs

1995 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), dies of prostate cancer at 77

Payne Stewart

1999 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

Richard Harris

2002 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer ("MacArthur Park") dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

  • 2003 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), dies at 84
  • 2012 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), dies from cancer at 74

Bill Sharman

2013 Bill Sharman, American Basketball HOF guard (8 × NBA All-Star; 4 x NBA C'ship; Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1972 LA Lakers), dies from stroke complications at 87

  • 2015 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), dies at 65
  • 2016 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72
  • 2021 Aleksandar Shalamanov, Bulgarian soccer defender (42 caps; PFC Slavia Sofia) and alpine skier (Winter Olympics 1960), dies at 80