Every year has losses, and in this year that challenged people in unprecedented ways, the sporting losses were an added gut-punch. Kobe Bryant died tragically the week before the Super Bowl. Baseball had a summer that saw Hall of Famers like Tom Seaver and Bob Gibson pass on. A towering college basketball icon, John Thompson, died in August. Soccer legend Diego Maradona, who scored “The Hand of God” goal, died shortly after turning 60. David Stern, the NBA's longtime commissioner, left us on New Year's day.
From Hall of Famers to hometown heroes, here are some of the sporting figures we lost in 2020.