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Notable sports deaths in 2020

Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen at Old-Timer's Day

Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen at Old-Timer's Day on July 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Getty Images/Jim McIsaac

David Stern

David Stern, the commissioner who transformed the NBA from a financially troubled fringe league to a global and cultural powerhouse, died on Jan 1. He was 77.

Don Larsen

Don Larsen, who carved his name forever in baseball history on Oct. 8, 1956 in Game 5 of the World Series, a moment frozen forever with the black-and-white image of Yankees catcher Yogi Berra leaping into his arms after the final called strike of his perfect game, died on Jan. 1. He was 90.

Sam Wyche

Sam Wyche, who pushed the boundaries as an offensive innovator with the Cincinnati Bengals and challenged the NFL's protocols along the way, died of melanona on Jan. 2. He was 74.

Rocky Johnson

Rocky "Soulman" Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died on Jan 15. He was 75.


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