On This Day

Deaths in Sport on October 4

  • 1934 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; 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; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • 1966 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), 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 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75
  • 1989 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown 1973), dies 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