In memoriam: 2017 Notable Sports Deaths

As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look at the sports figures that we said goodbye to.

<p>Roy Halladay (1977-2017): Two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star pitcher. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Roy Halladay (1977-2017): Two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star pitcher.

<p><span>Jake Lamotta (1921-2017): Boxing world champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, who was portrayed by Robert de Niro in </span><i><span>Raging Bull.</span></i> </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Jake Lamotta (1921-2017): Boxing world champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, who was portrayed by Robert de Niro in Raging Bull.

<p>Red Miller (1927-2017): NFL coach who led the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1978. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Red Miller (1927-2017): NFL coach who led the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1978.

<p>Rollie Massimino (1934-2017): Hall of Fame basketball coach at Villanova, who led the Wildcats to arguably the biggest upset in college basketball history when they beat Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Rollie Massimino (1934-2017): Hall of Fame basketball coach at Villanova, who led the Wildcats to arguably the biggest upset in college basketball history when they beat Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game.

<p>Y.A. Tittle (1926-2017): Hall of Fame quarterback with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Y.A. Tittle (1926-2017): Hall of Fame quarterback with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

<p>Yordano Ventura (1991-2017): Pitcher for Kansas City Royals, who was killed in a car crash. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Yordano Ventura (1991-2017): Pitcher for Kansas City Royals, who was killed in a car crash.

<p>Aaron Hernandez (1989-2017): Tight end for the New England Patriots who was notoriously accused of murdering three people, convicted of one and killed himself in prison while serving a life sentence. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Aaron Hernandez (1989-2017): Tight end for the New England Patriots who was notoriously accused of murdering three people, convicted of one and killed himself in prison while serving a life sentence.

<p><span>George “The Animal” Steele (1937-2017): Professional wrestler whose career spanned three decades.</span> </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

George “The Animal” Steele (1937-2017): Professional wrestler whose career spanned three decades.

<p>Terry Glenn (1974-2017): NFL wide receiver with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Terry Glenn (1974-2017): NFL wide receiver with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

<p>Charles Shackleford (1966-2017): Played six seasons in the NBA. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Charles Shackleford (1966-2017): Played six seasons in the NBA.

<p><span>Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (1943-2017): Legendary pro wrestler whose career spanned five decades and was arrested for a decades-old murder in 2015 only to be found mentally unfit for trial because of dementia.</span> </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (1943-2017): Legendary pro wrestler whose career spanned five decades and was arrested for a decades-old murder in 2015 only to be found mentally unfit for trial because of dementia.

<p>Charismatic (1996-2017): Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1999. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Charismatic (1996-2017): Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1999.

<p>Robert Yates (1943-2017): Legendary NASCAR engine builder and team owner. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Robert Yates (1943-2017): Legendary NASCAR engine builder and team owner.

<p>Steve Palermo (1949-2017): Longtime American League umpire. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Steve Palermo (1949-2017): Longtime American League umpire.

<p>Dan Rooney (1932-2017): Legendary owner of Pittsburgh Steelers and named U.S. ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Dan Rooney (1932-2017): Legendary owner of Pittsburgh Steelers and named U.S. ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration.

<p><span>Jim Bunning (1931-2017): Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator.</span> </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Jim Bunning (1931-2017): Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator.

<p>Pancho Segura (1921-2017): Former No. 1 player in the world and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Pancho Segura (1921-2017): Former No. 1 player in the world and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

<p>Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944-2017): Legendary professional wrestling manager. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944-2017): Legendary professional wrestling manager.

<p>Ferdie Pacheco (1927-2017): Known as “The Fight Doctor,” was cornerman for Muhammad Ali and later served as a boxing analyst. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Ferdie Pacheco (1927-2017): Known as “The Fight Doctor,” was cornerman for Muhammad Ali and later served as a boxing analyst.

<p>Milt Schmidt (1918-2017): Hall of Fame hockey player who won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Milt Schmidt (1918-2017): Hall of Fame hockey player who won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins.

<p>Mike Ilitch (1929-2017): Longtime owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Mike Ilitch (1929-2017): Longtime owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.

<p>Lou Duva: Hall of Fame boxing trainer who handled 19 world champions. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Lou Duva: Hall of Fame boxing trainer who handled 19 world champions.

<p>Spike Dykes (1938-2017): Legendary college football coach at Texas Tech. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Spike Dykes (1938-2017): Legendary college football coach at Texas Tech.

<p>Dallas Green (1934-2017): Legendary Major League player, executive and manager, who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Series title. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Dallas Green (1934-2017): Legendary Major League player, executive and manager, who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Series title.

<p>Dick MacPherson (1930-2017): Hall of Fame football coach at Syracuse. </p>
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Dick MacPherson (1930-2017): Hall of Fame football coach at Syracuse.

<p>Steve Holcomb (1980-2017): Gold-medal winning bobsledder. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Steve Holcomb (1980-2017): Gold-medal winning bobsledder.

<p>Luis Olmo (1919-2017): In 1949, became first Puerto Rican to play in the World Series. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Luis Olmo (1919-2017): In 1949, became first Puerto Rican to play in the World Series.

<p>Jud Heathcote (1927-2017): Hall of Fame basketball coach who led Michigan State to the 1979 national championship. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Jud Heathcote (1927-2017): Hall of Fame basketball coach who led Michigan State to the 1979 national championship.

<p>Nicky Hayden (1981-2017): World champion MotoGP motorcycle racer. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Nicky Hayden (1981-2017): World champion MotoGP motorcycle racer.

<p>Robert De Vincenzo (1923-2017): Hall of Fame golfer who won the 1967 British Open. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Robert De Vincenzo (1923-2017): Hall of Fame golfer who won the 1967 British Open.

<p>Jack McCloskey (1925-2017): General manager for the Detroit Pistons and architect of two championship teams. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Jack McCloskey (1925-2017): General manager for the Detroit Pistons and architect of two championship teams.

<p>Gene Michael (1938-2017): Former Yankees player, manager and general manager. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Gene Michael (1938-2017): Former Yankees player, manager and general manager.

<p>Frank Kush (1929-2017): Hall of Fame college football coach at Arizona State. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Frank Kush (1929-2017): Hall of Fame college football coach at Arizona State.

<p>Chuck Blazer (1945-2017): American soccer administrator who was a key figure in the FIFA bribing scandal. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Chuck Blazer (1945-2017): American soccer administrator who was a key figure in the FIFA bribing scandal.

<p>John Kundla (1916-2017): Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

John Kundla (1916-2017): Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships.

<p>Lee May (1943-2017): 3-time Major League All-Star and World Series champion with the Kansas City Royals. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Lee May (1943-2017): 3-time Major League All-Star and World Series champion with the Kansas City Royals.

<p>Ara Parseghian (1923-2017): Hall of Fame football coach who won two national championships at Notre Dame. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Ara Parseghian (1923-2017): Hall of Fame football coach who won two national championships at Notre Dame.

<p>Betty Cuthbert (1938-2017): Four-time Olympic gold-medalist sprinter. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Betty Cuthbert (1938-2017): Four-time Olympic gold-medalist sprinter.

<p>Darren Daulton (1962-2017): Three-time All-Star and member of the Philadelphia Phillies 1997 world championship team. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Darren Daulton (1962-2017): Three-time All-Star and member of the Philadelphia Phillies 1997 world championship team.

<p>Don Baylor (1949-2017): 1979 AL MVP and 1995 NL manager of the year. </p>
2017 Notable Sports Deaths

Don Baylor (1949-2017): 1979 AL MVP and 1995 NL manager of the year.

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