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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Sports

    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 […]
    Helmut Haller: Born: 1939-07-21 - Died: 2012-10-11
    Helmut Haller was a well-known German football player from Ausberg, Germany, who primarily played for Italy. Haller is mostly known for helping Italy reign during the 1966 World Cup; however, England won the game. Apart from Italy, Haller also won various football championships with Bologna and Juventus. Retiring from football playing in 1979, Haller coached […]
    Beano Cook: Born: 1931-09-10 - Died: 2012-10-10
    Beano Cook (born as Carroll Hoff Cook) was a well-known college football historian and commentator from San Fransisco, California. He is most known for his commentary presence on the well-known sports network of ESPN. In 1986, Carroll “Beano” Cook joined ESPN, and became active in the network’s show The Hot List; however, Cook later became […]
    Alex Karras: Born: 1935-07-35 - Died: 2012-10-10
    Alex Karras was a well-known professional wrestler, football player, actor, and sports commentator from Gary, Indiana. Karras is most known for his involvement with the Detroit Lions, and also for playing “Mongo” on the 1974 movie of Blazing Saddles. During Karras’ NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Karras has been praised as being one of […]
    Steve Sabol: Born: 1942-10-02 - Died: 2012-09-18
    Steve Sabol was a well-known film producer and cameraman from Moorestown, New Jersey. Sabol is mostly known for his involvement and serving as president for NFL Films. Steve joined his father Ed in NFL Films after graduating college in 1964. Steve served as a cameraman for many years, and then progressed to editor and writer […]
    Art Modell: Born: 1925-06-23 - Died: 2012-09-06
    Art Modell was a well-known NFL franchiser and team owner from Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his ownership of The Cleveland Browns (1961–1995) and The Baltimore Ravens (1996–2004) professional football teams. Modell bought his first football team (The Cleveland Browns) in 1961 after being active in an advertising career. After moving to Maryland […]
    Jimmy Carr: Born: 1933-03-25 - Died: 2012-08-14
    Jimmy Carr (born as James Henry Carr) was a well-known professional football player from Cabin Creek, West Virginia. Carr is mostly known for his involvement with the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. Apart from his involvement with the Philadelphia Eagles (1959-1963), Jimmy Carr also played pro football with the Chicago Cardinals (1955-1957) along with the […]
    Johnny Pesky: Born: 1919-09-27 - Died: 2012-08-13
    Johnny Pesky was born John Michael Paveskovich, and became known as John Michael “Johnny” Pesky. He was also nicknamed “The Needle”. He was an American baseball player, who played shortstop and third base for ten years in the Major League. He went on to become a manager and coach. While he played for the Washington […]
    Kirk Urso: Born: 1990-03-06 - Died: 2012-08-05
    Kirk Urso was a well-known soccer player (midfielder position) from Downers Grove, Illinois. While attending college at the University of North Carolina, Urso was a 2011 NSCAA All-South Region First Team selection. After his college soccer career, The Columbus Crew (an American professional soccer club, based in Columbus, Ohio which competes in Major League Soccer) […]
    Fred Matua: Born: 1984-01-14 - Died: 2012-08-05
    Fred Matua was a well-known football player from Wilmington, California. During high school, Matua prepped at Banning High School (in Los Angeles, CA), and in college, played for the USC Trojans. During his professional carrer in the National Football League (NFL), Matua played for the following teams: 2006: Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns […]
    Dara Singh: Born: 1928-12-19 - Died: 2012-07-12
    Dara Singh was a well-known wrestler-turned-actor from Punjab, India. He was well-known for portraying the Hindu Monkey God “Hanuman” in various Indian television shows. Apart from his TV appearances, Singh also was involved with the Indian style of boxing known as Pehlwani, and excelled at this wrestling form due to his large body structure. During […]
    Jimmy Bivins: Born: 1919-12-06 - Died: 2012-07-04
    Jimmy Bivins was a well-known heavyweight boxer from Dry Branch, Georgia. Even though Bivins was born in Georgia, Bivins fought out of the city of Cleveland, OH throughout his boxing career. During his active boxing years, Bivins had 112 total fights, 86 wins (31 by KO), 25 losses, and 1 draw. Bivins also beat eight […]
    Pat Cummings: Born: 1956-07-11 - Died: 2012-06-26
    Pat Cummings was a well-known professional basketball player from Johnstown, PA. Cummings played basketball with various professional teams, such as: Milwaukee Bucks (1979-1982), Dallas Mavericks (1982–1984), New York Knicks (1984–1988), along with many other teams, ending his career out with the Wichita Falls Texans in 1993.
    Everett “Cotton” Owens: Born: 1924-05-21 - Died: 2012-06-07
    Everett “Cotton” Owens was a well-known racecar driver from Union, South Carolina. Associated with NASCAR, Owens began his racing career in the 1950s and earned 100+ featured wins with his talent behind the wheel. His most well-known win was at the Daytona Beach Road Course. During Owens’ racing career, he was awarded various milestones, such […]
    Orlando Woolridge: Born: 1959-12-16 - Died: 2012-05-31
    Orlando Woolridge was a professional basketball player from Mansfield, Louisiana. During Woolridge’s basketball career, he played for Notre Dame 1977-1981, and then for the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, and various other NBA teams from 1981-1996. Woolridge also coached various NBA teams from 1998-2009. Woolridge had two sons: Renaldo and Royce.
    Jack Twyman: Born: 1934-05-21 - Died: 2012-05-30
    Jack Twyman was a Pittsburgh-born professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings). During Twyman’s basketball career, his position was a Forward, and earned 15,840 points, 5,424 rebounds, and and 1,861 assists. Twyman also is survived by his wife Carole, two other daughters, and 14 grandchildren.
    Johnny Tapia: Born: 1967-02-13 - Died: 2012-05-27
    Johnny Tapia was a well-known boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tapia’s boxing career started in the spotlight in the 1980s and won his first championship belt in 1990. Tapia disappeared from the boxing scene for a short amount of time due to cocaine; however, Tapia did reemerge back into boxing back in the later 90s.
    Bob Boozer: Born: 1937-04-26 - Died: 2012-05-19
    Boozer was a professional basketball player in the NBA, and was selected by the Chicago Bulls during the 1966 expansion draft (which came after stints with the Peoria Caterpillars (NIBL), Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers). Boozer played for the Bulls until 1969 then spent one season with the Seattle Supersonics, […]