Deaths in Sport on September 23

  • 1910 H J H "Tup" Scott, cricketer (Australian Test captain 1886), dies
  • 1950 Sam Barry, American collegiate basketball, football, and baseball coach, 1918-50 (University of Southern California, 1929-50), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1975 René Thomas, French auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1914), dies at 89
  • 1978 Lyman Bostock, MLB outfielder, 1975-78 (Minnesota Twins, California Angels), shot and killed by the estranged husband of the sister of a friend, at 27
  • 1992 Bernice Gera, American 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1994 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • 1996 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), dies at 94
  • 1997 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 2000 Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 2001 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • 2010 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 77
  • 2012 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • 2020 Bobby Wilson, English tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1960 runner-up), dies at 84

Gale Sayers

2020 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

  • 2020 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • 2021 Nino Vaccarella, Italian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1964; 12 Hours of Sebring 1970), dies at 88