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)

George HalasGeorge Halas (1895-1983)

American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

  • 1985 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1995 Dr. Hepcat [Lavad Durst], American blues piano player and singer-songwriter, radio DJ and baseball broadcaster, dies at 82
  • 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

Willie McCoveyWillie McCovey (1938-2018)

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

  • 2020 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • 2021 Peter Philpott, Australian cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets, best 5/90; NSW CA), dies due to complications from a fall at 86
  • 2022 Alan "Froggy" Thomson, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 12 wickets; Victoria CA), dies at 76
  • 2022 John McVay, American football coach (NY Giants 1976-78) and executive (AD Uni of Dayton 1972, 73; GM SF 49ers 1998-99), dies at 91