In memoriam: 2017 Notable Sports DeathsYahoo Sports StaffYahoo SportsDecember 20, 2017, 12:34 AM GMTAs 2017 comes to a close, we take a look at the sports figures that we said goodbye to.2017 Notable Sports DeathsRoy Halladay (1977-2017): Two-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star pitcher. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJake 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. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsRed Miller (1927-2017): NFL coach who led the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1978. Scroll to continue with contentAd2017 Notable Sports DeathsRollie 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. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsY.A. Tittle (1926-2017): Hall of Fame quarterback with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsYordano Ventura (1991-2017): Pitcher for Kansas City Royals, who was killed in a car crash. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsAaron 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. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsGeorge “The Animal” Steele (1937-2017): Professional wrestler whose career spanned three decades. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsTerry Glenn (1974-2017): NFL wide receiver with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsCharles Shackleford (1966-2017): Played six seasons in the NBA. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJimmy “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. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsCharismatic (1996-2017): Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1999. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsRobert Yates (1943-2017): Legendary NASCAR engine builder and team owner. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsSteve Palermo (1949-2017): Longtime American League umpire. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsDan Rooney (1932-2017): Legendary owner of Pittsburgh Steelers and named U.S. ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJim Bunning (1931-2017): Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsPancho Segura (1921-2017): Former No. 1 player in the world and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsBobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944-2017): Legendary professional wrestling manager. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsFerdie Pacheco (1927-2017): Known as “The Fight Doctor,” was cornerman for Muhammad Ali and later served as a boxing analyst. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsMilt Schmidt (1918-2017): Hall of Fame hockey player who won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsMike Ilitch (1929-2017): Longtime owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsLou Duva: Hall of Fame boxing trainer who handled 19 world champions. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsSpike Dykes (1938-2017): Legendary college football coach at Texas Tech. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsDallas Green (1934-2017): Legendary Major League player, executive and manager, who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Series title. 2017 sports deathsDick MacPherson (1930-2017): Hall of Fame football coach at Syracuse. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsSteve Holcomb (1980-2017): Gold-medal winning bobsledder. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsLuis Olmo (1919-2017): In 1949, became first Puerto Rican to play in the World Series. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJud Heathcote (1927-2017): Hall of Fame basketball coach who led Michigan State to the 1979 national championship. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsNicky Hayden (1981-2017): World champion MotoGP motorcycle racer. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsRobert De Vincenzo (1923-2017): Hall of Fame golfer who won the 1967 British Open. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJack McCloskey (1925-2017): General manager for the Detroit Pistons and architect of two championship teams. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsGene Michael (1938-2017): Former Yankees player, manager and general manager. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsFrank Kush (1929-2017): Hall of Fame college football coach at Arizona State. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsChuck Blazer (1945-2017): American soccer administrator who was a key figure in the FIFA bribing scandal. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJohn Kundla (1916-2017): Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsLee May (1943-2017): 3-time Major League All-Star and World Series champion with the Kansas City Royals. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsAra Parseghian (1923-2017): Hall of Fame football coach who won two national championships at Notre Dame. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsBetty Cuthbert (1938-2017): Four-time Olympic gold-medalist sprinter. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsDarren Daulton (1962-2017): Three-time All-Star and member of the Philadelphia Phillies 1997 world championship team. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsDon Baylor (1949-2017): 1979 AL MVP and 1995 NL manager of the year. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsFrank Broyles (1924-2017): Hall of Fame football coach at Arkansas, where he won the 1964 national championship. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJerry Krause (1939-2017): Architect of six Chicago Bulls championships. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJoe Tiller (1942-2017): Former head football coach of Purdue Boilermakers. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsBobby Doerr (1918-2017): Hall of Fame second baseman for the Boston Red Sox. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsCortez Kennedy (1968-2017): Eight-time Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsConnie Hawkins (1942-2017): ABA MVP, four-time NBA All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsWayne Hardin (1926-2017): Hall of Fame football coach at Navy and Temple. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJana Novotna (1968-2017): Wimbledon champion who was once ranked No. 2 in the world. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsBud Moore (1975-2017): NASCAR Hall of Famer who also fought at the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsJimmy Piersall (1929-2017): 17-year Major Leaguer, mostly with the Boston Red Sox. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsDon Ohlmeyer (1945-2017): Legendary sport television producer and first producer of Monday Night Football. 2017 Notable Sports DeathsFrank DeFord (1938-2017): Legendary sports writer.