On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 27

  • 1919 John Harry, cricket wicket-keeper (Aust one Test 1895, one catch), dies
  • 1935 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, dies at 40
  • 1949 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (b. 1916)
  • 1953 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • 1954 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), dies at 79
  • 1955 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 85
  • 1965 French Luitjes, Dutch athlete, dies at 21
  • 1966 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), dies at 78
  • 1974 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, dies at 76
  • 1975 H. V. Porter, American basketball coach and administrator (created fan-shaped backboard; moulded basketball, rules films), dies at 84
  • 1987 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76
  • 1992 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (143 runs for WI, 35725 runs overall), dies at 62
  • 1994 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2004 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • 2006 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), dies from a brain aneurysm at 61
  • 2006 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66
  • 2009 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (b. 1940)