Deaths in Sport on October 6

  • 1918 Arthur O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1914), dies in action WWI at 28
  • 1964 F T Mann, cricketer (father of F G, 281 runs in 5 Tests 1922-23), dies

Walter HagenWalter Hagen (1892-1969)

American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), dies of throat cancer at 76

  • 1974 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • 1980 Jean Robic, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), dies in a road accident at 59
  • 1992 Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricket fast bowler (great leggie, 774 wickets at 16 60) and commentator, dies at 86
  • 1997 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1938-39, 42-43; World Series 1940; Cincinnati Reds), dies of an abdominal aneurysm at 82
  • 1998 Mark Belanger, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1976; 8 x Gold Glove winner; Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 54
  • 2001 Arne Harris, American television sports director, dies at 67
  • 2002 Chuck Rayner, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1950; NHL All-Star 1949, 50, 51; New York Americans, New York Rangers), dies from a heart attack at 82

Buck O'NeilBuck O'Neil (1911-2006)

American Baseball HOF coach (1st African-American coach in MLB) and first baseman (NgL World Series 1942; 2 x NgL All Star; KC Monarchs), dies at 94

  • 2006 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • 2015 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78
  • 2016 Mick Harvey, Australian cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire), dies at 95
  • 2017 Connie Hawkins, American professional basketball player, 1961-76 ABA MVP-1968 (Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-66; Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers), dies of cancer at 75
  • 2017 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), dies at 81
  • 2019 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), dies at 86
  • 2022 Gian Piero Ventrone, Italian athletic trainer (Juventus FC, Italy 2004-06, SSC Bari, Atalanta BC, Tottenham Hotspur FC), dies from a brain haemorrhage at 62
  • 2022 Phil Read, English motorcycle racer (World C'ship 125cc 1968, 250cc 1964-65, 68, 71 & 500 cc 1973-74; Formula TT 1977), dies at 83