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ERNIE TERRELL Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as (Credit: AP)

ERNIE TERRELL
Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

Notable sports deaths in 2014

Recent deaths of notable sports figures in 2014.

ERNIE TERRELL Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as
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ERNIE TERRELL
Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

BRYAN BURWELL Burwell, a columnist at the St.
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BRYAN BURWELL
Burwell, a columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a former Newsday sportswriter, died Thursday, Dec. 4, after what the Post-Dispatch described as a "short battle with cancer." He was 59.

JEAN BELIVEAU The former Montreal Canadiens captain died
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JEAN BELIVEAU
The former Montreal Canadiens captain died Dec. 2 at the age of 83.

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PAT QUINN The former defenseman and longtime NHL
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PAT QUINN
The former defenseman and longtime NHL coach died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, after battling a long illness. He was 71.

ALVIN DARKDark, a player and manager on World
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ALVIN DARK
Dark, a player and manager on World Series champions who sparked perhaps the most famous rally in baseball history, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. He was 92.

BRAD HALSEYHalsey, a lefthanded pitcher with the Yankees,
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BRAD HALSEY
Halsey, a lefthanded pitcher with the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland A's and Long Island Ducks, died on Tuesday, Nov. 4. He was 33.

OSCAR TAVERAS Taveras, a top outfield prospect in
(Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall)

OSCAR TAVERAS
Taveras, a top outfield prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. He was 22.

ROB BIRONAS The former Tennessee Titans kicker was
(Credit: AP / Mark Zaleski)

ROB BIRONAS
The former Tennessee Titans kicker was killed in a car crash on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 less than a mile from his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was 36.

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BOB SUTER Suter, a member of the
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BOB SUTER
Suter, a member of the "Miracle on Ice" gold medal team in 1980, died suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. He was 57.

CAROL VADNAIS The former Rangers defenseman died on
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CAROL VADNAIS
The former Rangers defenseman died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the age of 68.

ED SPRINKLE A star defensive end for the
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ED SPRINKLE
A star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and '50s who was called the "meanest man" in football, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the age of 90.

PETE VAN WIEREN Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta
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PETE VAN WIEREN
Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves announcer, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

ALICE COACHMAN The first black female athlete to
(Credit: AP / John Rooney)

ALICE COACHMAN
The first black female athlete to win an Olympic medal died on Monday, July 14, in her hometown of Albany, Ga.

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RED KLOTZKlotz, a basketball barnstormer who owned the
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RED KLOTZ
Klotz, a basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at age 93.

TOM VERYZER Veryzer (left), a Long Island native
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TOM VERYZER
Veryzer (left), a Long Island native who played 12 MLB seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Mets and Chicago Cubs, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from complications of a stroke. He was 61.

ALFREDO DI STEFANO Alfredo Di Stefano, a Real
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ALFREDO DI STEFANO
Alfredo Di Stefano, a Real Madrid great, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the age of 88.

LOUIS ZAMPERINI Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner
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LOUIS ZAMPERINI
Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran, died Thursday at the age of 97.

FRANK CASHEN Frank Cashen, the architect of the
(Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

FRANK CASHEN
Frank Cashen, the architect of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, died Monday. He was 91.

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TONY GWYNN Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer
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TONY GWYNN
Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer who was nicknamed "Mr. Padre", died June 16. Gwynn, who had been battling cancer, was 54.

CHUCK NOLL Noll, the Hall of Fame coach
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CHUCK NOLL
Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who led the PIttsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles, died on Friday, June 13, 2014. He was 82.

BOB WELCH The 1990 AL Cy Young Award
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BOB WELCH
The 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season was found dead in his home in Seal Beach, California on Monday, June 9, 2014, the A's announced Tuesday. No cause of death was released. Welch was 57.

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Zimmer, one of the original Mets and a former Yankees bench coach, died on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was 83.

MALCOLM GLAZER Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay
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MALCOLM GLAZER
Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United, died at age 85 Wednesday, May 28, 2014 after years of failing health.

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DON MEYER One of the winningest coaches in
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DON MEYER
One of the winningest coaches in college basketball, Meyer died of cancer at his home in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

JACK RAMSAY Ramsay, a Hall of Fame basketball
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JACK RAMSAY
Ramsay, a Hall of Fame basketball coach who later served as a prominent sportscaster, died on April 28 following a battle with cancer. He was 89.

EARL MORRALL Morrall, who helped quarterback Miami's 1972
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EARL MORRALL
Morrall, who helped quarterback Miami's 1972 perfect season and started Super Bowl III against the Jets and lost, died on April 25. He was 79.

CONRADO MARRERO The oldest living former Major League
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CONRADO MARRERO
The oldest living former Major League Baseball player died at 102 on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, just two days shy of his 103rd birthday.

Rubin
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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
The boxer, whose overturned murder conviction became a symbol of racial injustice, died April 20. He was 76. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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ULTIMATE WARRIOR The WWE Hall of Famer died
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ULTIMATE WARRIOR
The WWE Hall of Famer died on April 9, 2014. He was born Jim Hellwig until legally changing his name to Warrior, and excited WWE fans in the late '80s and early '90s by sprinting to the ring sporting face paint and color-coordinated tassels and trunks. |

RALPH WILSON The Buffalo Bills owner died on
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RALPH WILSON
The Buffalo Bills owner died on March 25, 2014, Bills president Russ Brandon announced at the NFL's winter meetings. Wilson helped found the AFL in 1960 and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009. |

SHAWN KUYKENDALL The former D.C. United midfielder who
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SHAWN KUYKENDALL
The former D.C. United midfielder who inspired 'Kuykenstrong' died from thymic cancer on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the MLS and United announced. Kuykendall was 32. |

WILLIAM CLAY FORD The Detroit Lions owner and
(Credit: AP / Paul Sancya)

WILLIAM CLAY FORD
The Detroit Lions owner and last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford died of pneumonia at his home Sunday. Ford was 88. |

DR. FRANK JOBE Jobe, a sports medicine pioneer
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DR. FRANK JOBE
Jobe, a sports medicine pioneer who performed the first successful Tommy John surgery, died on March 6, 2013. He was 88.

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JOJO NICOLAS Nicolas, a former Giants rookie free
(Credit: AP / Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JOJO NICOLAS
Nicolas, a former Giants rookie free agent and University of Miami defensive back, died on Feb. 26, 2014 after a car crash a day earlier. He was 24. |

Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more
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Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams and was traded to the Mets in a deal that sent Nolan Ryan to the Angels, died on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 after an apparent stroke several days earlier. He was 71.

RALPH KINER The Hall of Famer and longtime
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RALPH KINER
The Hall of Famer and longtime Mets broadcaster died Feb. 6 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the Hall announced. |

CARLOS SILVA The Yankees WCBS radio producer died
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CARLOS SILVA
The Yankees WCBS radio producer died Jan. 19 of esophageal and stomach cancer, CBS Radio's website reported. Silva was 50. |

BILL CONLIN The Hall of Fame baseball writer
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BILL CONLIN
The Hall of Fame baseball writer and author died Jan. 9, 2014. His long career ended following multiple allegations of child abuse. He was 79. |

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JERRY COLEMAN The Hall of Fame San Diego
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JERRY COLEMAN
The Hall of Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster and former Yankee died at a hospital after a brief illness Jan. 5, 2014, the Padres announced. He was 89. |

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