Deaths in Sport on October 3

  • 1895 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), dies of a lung ailment at 60
  • 1933 Young Stribling, American boxer (vs Max Schmeling, Ring Magazine fight of the year 1931), dies in a motor cycle accident at 28

John HeismanJohn Heisman (1869-1936)

American football coach (legalised forward pass, originated the center-snap; Heisman Trophy named after him), dies from pneumonia at 66

  • 1963 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • 1978 Alfred Strange, English soccer right half (20 caps, 3 as captain; Sheffield Wednesday, 253 games), dies at 78
  • 1982 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer striker (17 caps; Standard de Liège), dies at 41
  • 1986 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • 1989 Hans Deutgen, Swedish archer (World C'ship gold individual 1947, 48, 49, 50; team 1948), dies at 72
  • 1989 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), dies of a stroke at 74
  • 2004 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) and broadcaster (Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44
  • 2008 Zulfiqar Ahmed, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Punjab, Bahawalpur), dies at 81
  • 2010 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), dies at 85
  • 2017 Solly Hemus, American baseball infielder (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1959–61), dies at 94
  • 2021 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), dies at 97
  • 2022 Per Bredesen, Norwegian soccer forward (18 caps; Ørn Horten FK, Lazio, Udinese, AC Milan, Bari, Messina), dies at 91