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 (b. 1951)
  • 2010 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • 2011 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2012 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), dies at 82
  • 2018 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6-time All Star), dies of an infection at 80