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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Sports

    Chuck Fairbanks: Born: 1933-06-10 - Died: 2013-04-02
    Chuck Fairbanks, 79, was a former coach for the New England Patriots. He served as the head coach and general manager for six seasons from 1973 to 1978. During his time with the team, he led the Patriots to the franchises’ first 11-win season, and an AFC East title. His final year as a coach […]
    Jack Pardee: Born: 1936-04-19 - Died: 2013-04-01
    Jack Pardee was an American football player and coach. He was a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. He went on to coach teams in the U.S. Football League, World Football League, Canadian Football League, and NFL for over 20 years.
    Soraya Jimenez: Born: 1977-08-05 - Died: 2013-03-28
    Soraya Jimenez was a Mexican weightlifter, famous for winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Jimenez won her medal in the women’s 58 kg category.
    Virgil Trucks: Born: 1917-4-26 - Died: 2013-03-23
    Virgil Trucks was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees in the 1940s and 1950s. He was a two-time Major League Baseball all-star and later coached the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Atlanta Braves, and the Tigers.
    Harlon Hill: Born: 1932-05-04 - Died: 2013-03-21
    Harlon Hill, 80, was a former star receiver for the Chicago Bears. He got his start in 1954 when the Bears acquired him in the 15th round of the NFL draft. He went on to win the NFL rookie of the year title that same year. He received the Jim Thorpe trophy as the NFL’s […]
    Steve Davis: Born: 1953 - Died: 2013-03-17
    Steve Davis was the star quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners from 1972 to 1976. In his time with the team, Davis led them to back-to-back national championships in ’74 and ’75. Davis also worked as a sport commentator for CBS following his playing career.
    Jack Curran: Born: 1930-09-06 - Died: 2013-03-14
    Jack Curran, 82, was a famous high school basketball and baseball coach Archbishop Molloy High School. He started coaching at the school in 1958 and continued to coach until his death. Over his 50 plus career, he became the most winningest high school coach in the nation, and was inducted into nine hall of fames.
    Ken Clark: Born: 1966-06-17 - Died: 2013-02-16
    Ken Clark, 46, was one of all the all-time rushers for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. During his three years of playing for Nebraska, he rushed for a total of 3,037 yards. He was ranked seventh in all-time rushing as of 2012. He was drafted into the Indianapolis Colts, and played with the team from 1990 to […]
    Edith Houghton: Born: 1913-02-10 - Died: 2012-02-02
    Edith Houghton, 100, was a notable female baseball player and the first female scout for the major leagues. She got her start at the age of 10 playing for the Philadelphia Bobbies, an all-girls professional team. Later in life, she played for the WAVES women’s baseball team while serving in the Navy. After duty, she […]
    Walt Sweeney: Born: 1941-04-18 - Died: 2013-02-02
    Walt Sweeney was an offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins in the 1960s and 70s. He was part of nine consecutive All-Star/Pro Bowl teams from 1964 to 1972.
    Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis: Born: 1924-05-29 - Died: 2013-02-02
    Lavonne Paire-Davis, 88, was a catcher/infielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She got her start in 1944 by playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes. Throughout her career, she played for the Fort Wayne Daisies, Racine Belles and Grand Rapids Chicks. She retired in 1965, and became the spokesperson for the Women’s National Adult Baseball […]
    Caleb Moore: Born: 1987 - Died: 2013-01-31
    Caleb Moore, 25, was a freestyle snowmobile rider. He got his start by racing on ATVs, but switched to snowmobiles four years ago. He had competed in the Winter X Games since 2009. During that time, he won four medals.
    Stan Musial: Born: 1920-11-21 - Died: 2013-01-19
    Stan “The Man” Musial is an MLB hall of famer who played for 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He won three World Series’ with the team and was awarded the National League’s MVP award three times.
    Enzo Hernandez: Born: 1949-01-12 - Died: 2012-01-13
    Enzo Hernandez was a major league baseball player who found fame in the ’70s while playing for the Padres and the Dodgers. He was the first Venezuelan inducted into the baseball Hall Of Fame.
    Chandler Williams: Born: 1985-08-09 - Died: 2012-01-05
    Chandler Williams, 27, was a wide receiver with the Arenal Football League. He most recently played with the Toronto Argonauts this past season. During his time with the team, he caught four passes for 88 yards and added eight kickoff returns for 223 yards. He was set to play with the Tampa Bay Storm in […]
    Brad Corbett: Born: 1937-10-15 - Died: 2012-12-24
    Brad Corbett was the owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team from 1974 to 1980. During that time, the Rangers claimed their first four winning seasons.
    Frank Pastore: Born: 1957-08-21 - Died: 2012-12-17
    Frank Pastore was a Major League Baseball player. He was a pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1985. He also played for the Twins in 1986. In 1987, he signed with the Texas Rangers, and played for their AA affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers for a season. He then retired. Pastore […]
    Jerry Brown: Born: 1987-10-20 - Died: 2012-12-08
    Jerry Brown was an NFL player who was on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad before he died. Prior to the NFL, he was a defensive lineman for the University of Illinois, and played for the Jacksonville Sharks and San Antonio Talons in Arena League football, and for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
    Ken Trickey: Born: 1933-08-30 - Died: 2012-12-04
    Ken Trickey was a men’s basketball coach at Oral Robert University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the 1974 NCAA season, Trickey coached ORU to the Elite Eight in the Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
    Rick Majerus: Born: 1948-02-17 - Died: 2012-12-01
    Rick Majerus was a college basketball coach. He coached at Marquette University (1983–1986), Ball State University (1987–1989), the University of Utah (1989–2004), and Saint Louis University (2007-2012). He played ball at Marquette (1967–1968). Majerus led Utah to the Final Four in 1998, though the team lost to Kentucky in the National Championship Game.
    Jovan Belcher: Born: 1987-07-24 - Died: 2012-12-01
    Jovan Belcher was a linebacker in the National Football League. He spent his short career as a Kansas City Chief, after the team picked him up as an undrafted free agent. He played his college ball at Maine, where he played defensive end.
    Hector Camacho: Born: 1962-05-24 - Died: 2012-11-24
    Héctor Camacho Matías, more commonly known as “Macho Camacho”, was a Puerto Rican boxer who held super featherweight, lightweight and junior lightweight championships. He won additional titles in four more weight classes, and went on to become the first septuple champion. He won three New York Golden Gloves.
    Lee MacPhail: Born: 1917-10-25 - Died: 2012-11-08
    Lee (born as Leland) MacPhail was a well-known office executive from Nashville, Tennessee. MacPhail was known for the leadership with various baseball teams, such as the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Yankees. MacPhail received a lot of press attention with his involvement and ruling with the Pine Tar Game controversy, and was […]
    Darrell Royal: Born: 1924-07-06 - Died: 2012-11-07
    Darrel Royal was a well-known football coach from Hollis, Oklahoma. Royal was most known for his involvement with coaching and as an athletic director for the University of Texas’ Longhorns football team. Apart from heading coaching at the University of Texas, Royal was also an assistant coaching for: North Carolina State (1950), University of Tulsa […]
    Jim Durham: Born: 1947/02/12 - Died: 2012/11/04
    Jim Durham was an American sports broadcaster who worked for ESPN. He was also the voice of the Chicago Bulls from 1973-1991, during the height of the craze for the team when Michael Jordan rose to fame.
    Milt Campbell: Born: 1933-12-09 - Died: 2012-11-02
    Milt Campbell was a well-known athlete from Plainfield, New Jersey. Campbell is mostly known for winning the gold medal for the decathlon event during the 1956 Olympic Games in Australia, making him the first African-American winner in the decathlon event. Apart from his fame with the Olympics, Campbell also played football for the Cleveland Browns, […]
    Pascual Pérez: Born: 1957-05-17 - Died: 2012-11-01
    Pascual Pérez was a well-known baseball player from the Domican Republic. Pérez was known for his involvement with American professional baseball teams: Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, and New York Yankees. Pérez also played for the Canadian baseball team Montreal Expos. Apart from his unique way of pitching (often referred to as an “eephus pitch”) and […]
    Emanuel Steward: Born: 1944-07-07 - Died: 2012-10-25
    Emanuel “Manny” Steward was a well-known boxer, coach, and commentator from Bottom Creek, West Virginia. His boxing career spanned 97 total fights with 94 wins and 3 losses. Steward started his boxing career at a young age, and then later progressed into coaching boxing for some of America’s most well-known boxers (including Thomas Hearns). Steward […]
    Eddie Yost: Born: 1926-10-13 - Died: 2012-10-18
    Eddie Yost was a well-known professional baseball player from Brooklyn, New York. He is mostly known for his involvement with the following baseball teams: Washington Senators (1944-1958) Detroit Tigers (1958-1961) Los Angeles Angeles (1961-1962) Apart from playing professionally for these teams, Yost was also a coach for: The Los Angeles Angels, The Washington Senators, The […]
    Kyle Bennett: Born: 1979-11-25 - Died: 2012-10-14
    Kyle Bennett was a well-known Bicycle Motorcross (BMX) racer from Conroe, Texas. Bennett is most known for his involvement with the BMX Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Apart from his fame in Beijing, China, Bennett has been involved within the BMX competition world since the young age of eight, and declared […]