On this day in auto history - October 22nd

Fri 22nd Oct 2021

It was on this day in 1926 that all-time great boxer, Harry Greb, died unexpectedly during surgery following a high-profile Pittsburgh car accident.

Nicknamed the “Pittsburgh Windmill”, Greb was the only boxer to defeat future world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and won an astonishing 261 fights in a career which saw him reign as world middleweight champion from 1923 to 1926.

Having recently retired, Greb - who was notorious for his fast-paced lifestyle outside the ring - was forced to have a damaged right eye removed and replaced with a glass prothesis during the summer of 1926.

This partial loss of sight was undoubtedly a factor in the ensuing car crash in Pittsburgh which left him requiring surgery to repair a badly broken nose.

Though the operation was supposed to be routine, Greb suffered a cardiac arrest on the operating table and tragically never regained consciousness. He was just 32 at the time of his death.