On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 31

  • 1917 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricket fast bowler and soldier (21 Tests, 49 wickets), dies in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba at 33
  • 1972 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)

Person of interestGeorge Halas

1983 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1985 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1998 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 1999 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2001 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), dies of respiratory failure at 77
  • 2007 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (Wales and the British Lions), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2009 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman and car collector (Donington Grand Prix Collection ), dies at 87
  • 2010 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player, dies at 58
  • 2011 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (European Footballer of the Year 1967), dies at 70
  • 2012 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), dies at 82

Person of interestWillie McCovey

2018 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), dies of an infection at 80

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 2020 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36