Deaths in Sport on October 4

  • 1888 Tom King, English boxer (English heavyweight champion 1862-63), rower and bookmaker, dies of bronchitus at 53
  • 1934 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago White Sox; first AL no-hitter 1902), dies at 60
  • 1935 Barbados Joe Walcott, Barbadian boxer (World Welterweight champion 1901-06; first black to hold title), dies in a car accident at 62
  • 1946 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1962 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests, 7 x 100s, HS 205no; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever; Middlesex CCC), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • 1966 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago White Sox), dies from cancer at 52
  • 1969 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), dies at 67
  • 1970 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46
  • 1975 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • 1975 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), dies at 89
  • 1981 Freddie Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 75

Secretariat

1989 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown, 1973), euthanized while suffering from laminitis at 19

  • 1990 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), dies at 67
  • 1992 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), dies of a heart attack driving in Bathurst 1,000 at 56
  • 1993 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1996 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), dies at 83
  • 2021 Eddie Robinson, American baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 1949, 51–53; Washington Sens, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia A's) and executive (GM Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), dies at 100
  • 2021 Laurie Davidson, New Zealand yacht designer (Black Magic 1995; Team New Zealand 2000; America's Cup HOF 2007), dies at 94