Deaths in Sport on October 27

  • 1935 Ernest Eldridge, British auto racer (world land speed record 1924 at Arpajon, France; 1 mile −145.89 mph), dies from pneumonia at 40
  • 1949 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (NBA, NYSAC, The Ring middleweight titles 1948-49), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • 1954 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 50; Surrey CCC), dies at 79
  • 1955 Clark Griffith, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB ERA leader 1898 Chicago Colts/Orphans) and manager (Chicago WS, NY Highlanders, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Sens [owner]), dies at 85
  • 1966 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex CCC), dies at 78
  • 1974 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder 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 cricket batsman (10 Tests, 3 x 100, HS 154; Bombay CC), dies at 76
  • 1992 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests; Hampshire CCC, Barbados), dies from cancer at 62
  • 1994 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2006 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; 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 (92 Tests 1985–2005; 172 ODIs 1983–2005), dies from lung cancer at 68
  • 2021 Bernd Nickel, German soccer attacking midfielder (1 cap West Germany, 1972 Olympics; Eintracht Frankfurt 426 games, 141 goals), dies at 72
  • 2021 Bob Ferry, American basketball forward (St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Baltimore Bullets) and executive (GM Washington Bullets; NBA Exec of the Year 1979, 82), dies at 84
  • 2021 Sandy Carmichael, Scottish rugby union prop (50 caps; British and Irish Lions 1971, 74; West of Scotland, Glasgow District), dies at 77