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Notable sports deaths in 2015

A look at those athletes, coaches and sports personalities we lost in 2015.

HOWARD DAVIS JR.

HOWARD DAVIS JR. Davis, an Olympic gold medalist
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HOWARD DAVIS JR.

Davis, an Olympic gold medalist who was regarded as one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at the age of 59, following a 10-month battle with lung cancer. He was 59

MEADOWLARK LEMON

MEADOWLARK LEMON The Harlem Globetrotters legend died on
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MEADOWLARK LEMON
The Harlem Globetrotters legend died on Dec. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83.

DAVE HENDERSON

DAVE HENDERSON Henderson, best known known for his
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DAVE HENDERSON
Henderson, best known known for his home run in the 1986 ALCS for the Red Sox, died of a heart attack at 57 on Dec. 27.

JOHN WILLIAMS

JOHN WILLIAMS A popular sixth man with the
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JOHN WILLIAMS
A popular sixth man with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Williams, also known as "Hot Rod," died Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in a Baton Rouge hospital from complications related to prostate cancer, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. He was 53.

DOLPH SCHAYES

DOLPH SCHAYES Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star who
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DOLPH SCHAYES

Dolph Schayes, a 12-time All-Star who refined the big man's role in the infancy of the NBA, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 after being stricken with a severe infection, his son Danny Schayes said. He was 87.

TOMMY HANSON

TOMMY HANSON Hanson, a former MLB pitcher who
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TOMMY HANSON

Hanson, a former MLB pitcher who was one of the most promising young talents in the game just five years ago, died late Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at age 29. Hanson died after suffering "catastrophic organ failure," a person familiar with the situation told WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein, who first reported that Hanson was in a coma and had been transferred to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

FLIP SAUNDERS

FLIP SAUNDERS Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who
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FLIP SAUNDERS

Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, the team said. He was 60.

HARRY GALLATIN

HARRY GALLATIN Gallatin, a Basketball Hall of Famer
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HARRY GALLATIN
Gallatin, a Basketball Hall of Famer and former Knicks center who was nicknamed "The Horse," passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. He was 88.

YOGI BERRA

YOGI BERRA The Hall of Fame catcher, who
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YOGI BERRA
The Hall of Fame catcher, who won a record 10 World Series titles with the Yankees, died on Tuesday, Sept. 22. He was 90.

MILO HAMILTON

MILO HAMILTON Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster
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MILO HAMILTON

Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, died Thursday, Sept. 17, the Houston Astros announced. He was 88. A cause of death was not immediately released.

MOSES MALONE

MOSES MALONE The three-time NBA MVP and one
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MOSES MALONE
The three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60.

TYLER SASH

TYLER SASH Former Giants safety and Super Bowl
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TYLER SASH
Former Giants safety and Super Bowl winner Tyler Sash has died at 27, the Iowa state medical examiner said. No cause of death had been determined.

JOAQUIN ANDUJAR

Andujar, a star pitcher with the St. Louis
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Andujar, a star pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s who called himself "One tough Dominican," died in his native Dominican Republic on Tuesday, Sept.8. He was 62. Leonardo Matos Berrido, president of the Dominican Baseball League, said the cause was diabetes complications.

AL ARBOUR

AL ARBOUR The Hall of Fame coach of
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AL ARBOUR
The Hall of Fame coach of the Islanders who led the team to four straight Stanley Cups, a feat unprecedented in any professional sport since, died after a long illness. He was 82.

DARRYL DAWKINS

DARRYL DAWKINS The former NBA star known as
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DARRYL DAWKINS
The former NBA star known as "Chocolate Thunder" died on Thursday at a hospital, the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said. No cause of death was announced. Dawkins was 58.

JUSTIN WILSON

JUSTIN WILSON Wilson died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015,
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JUSTIN WILSON

Wilson died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway a day earlier. He was 37.

BUDDY BAKER

BUDDY BAKER Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500
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BUDDY BAKER
Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee nicknamed "The Gentle Giant", died on Aug. 10, 2015, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Baker was 74.

FRANK GIFFORD

FRANK GIFFORD The 1956 NFL MVP, who led
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FRANK GIFFORD
The 1956 NFL MVP, who led the Giants to a league championship, died of natural causes in his Connecticut home on Sunday, Aug. 9, his family said.

'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER

'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER
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'ROWDY' RODDY PIPER "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 61.

JULES BIANCHI

JULES BIANCHI Bianchi, 25, died Friday, July 17,
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JULES BIANCHI

Bianchi, 25, died Friday, July 17, 2015 from injuries sustained in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.

BILL ARNSPARGER

BILL ARNSPARGER Arnsparger, the Miami assistant coach who
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BILL ARNSPARGER

Arnsparger, the Miami assistant coach who directed the "No-Name Defense" that helped the Dolphins win Super Bowl titles in 1973 and 1974 and former Giants head coach, died Friday, July 17, 2015. He was 88.

KEN STABLER

KEN STABLERKen Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders
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KEN STABLER

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

CHARLIE SANDERS

CHARLIE SANDERS Sanders, the Detroit Lions' Hall of
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CHARLIE SANDERS

Sanders, the Detroit Lions' Hall of Fame tight end, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at age 68. Sanders, who played from 1968 through 1977, died from cancer. He spent 43 years with the Lions as a player, assistant coach, scout and radio broadcaster.

DARRYL HAMILTON The former Mets outfielder died in
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DARRYL HAMILTON
The former Mets outfielder died in a murder-suicide, according to police, on June 22, 2015 at 50.

JOHN DAVID CROW

JOHN DAVID CROW The former Heisman Trophy winner
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JOHN DAVID CROW
The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Pro Bowler died Wednesday, June 18, 2015, at 79.

NELSON DOUBLEDAY

NELSON DOUBLEDAY JR. Doubleday Jr., the publishing giant
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NELSON DOUBLEDAY JR.

Doubleday Jr., the publishing giant who bought the Mets and oversaw their World Series championship in 1986 and later separated from the Wilpons in 2002, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at his home in Locust Valley. He was 81.

DUSTY RHODES
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DUSTY RHODES
"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, a WWE Hall of Famer whose real name was Virgil Runnels, and WWE Hall of Famer, died on June 11 at age 69, the pro wrestling organization announced.

MARQUES HAYNES

MARQUES HAYNESHaynes, often referred to as the greatest
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GARO YEPREMIAN

GARO YEPREMIANGaro Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who

GARO YEPREMIAN

Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best remembered for a Super Bowl blooper, died Friday, May 15, 2015, of cancer. He was 70.

Bill Guthridge

BILL GUTHRIDGEBill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean
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BILL GUTHRIDGE
Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolinas head coach, died on May 12, 2015. He was 77.

CALVIN PEETE Peete, the most successful black golfer
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CALVIN PEETE
Peete, the most successful black golfer before Tiger Woods came on the scene, died at 71, the Tour announced Wednesday, April 29, 2015. A cause of death was not provided.

LON SIMMONS Simmons, a Hall of Fame broadcaster
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LON SIMMONS
Simmons, a Hall of Fame broadcaster with the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, died Sunday, April 5, 2015 the Giants said. He was 91.

CHUCK BEDNARIK

CHUCK BEDNARIK Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of
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CHUCK BEDNARIK
Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 the Philadelphia Eagles said. He was 89.

JACK HALEY

JACK HALEY Haley, who played nine seasons in
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JACK HALEY
Haley, who played nine seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, died on March 17 of heart disease. He was 51.

AL ROSEN Al Rosen, who was the 1953
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AL ROSEN
Al Rosen, who was the 1953 AL MVP, died on March 14. He was 91.

Minnie Minoso

MINNIE MINOSO Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run
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MINNIE MINOSO
Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's first black player in Chicago in 1951, died on March 1. He was 92.

Anthony Mason

ANTHONY MASON Anthony Mason played five seasons with
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ANTHONY MASON
Anthony Mason played five seasons with the Knicks in the early 1990s. On Feb. 28, 2015, he died of congestive heart failure at age 48.

Earl Lloyd

EARL LLOYD Earl Lloyd was the first black
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EARL LLOYD
Earl Lloyd was the first black player in NBA history, making his debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals. He died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at age 86.

JEROME KERSEY The small forward played his first
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JEROME KERSEY
The small forward played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title. He died Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 52.

STEVE MONTADOR The former NHL defenseman was found
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STEVE MONTADOR
The former NHL defenseman was found unconscious in his Mississauga, Ontario, home Feb. 15 and was later pronounced dead, according to the Peel Region Police. He was 35.

Jerry Tarkanian

JERRY TARKANIAN Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian,
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JERRY TARKANIAN
Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday after several years of health issues. He was 84.

ED SABOL The NFL Films founder who revolutionized
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ED SABOL
The NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and transformed pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch theater died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, the NFL said.

Dean Smith

DEAN SMITH Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball
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DEAN SMITH
Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, the school said. He was 83.

BILLY CASPERCasper, a prolific winner on the PGA
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BILLY CASPER
Casper, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour whose career was never fully appreciated in the era of the "Big Three," died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2015 at his home in Utah. He was 83.

Charlie Sifford

CHARLIE SIFFORD Charlie Sifford, who challenged the Caucasian-only
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CHARLIE SIFFORD
Charlie Sifford, who challenged the Caucasian-only clause and the PGA rescinded it in 1961, died on Feb. 3, 2015. He was 92.

ANN MARAMara, the matriarch of the Mara family
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ANN MARA
Mara, the matriarch of the Mara family and co-owner of the New York Giants, died at age 85 on Feb. 1, 2015.

ERNIE BANKS

ERNIE BANKS Banks, the Hall of Famer who
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ERNIE BANKS
Banks, the Hall of Famer who became the first National League player to win back-to-back MVP honors, died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. He was 83.

RAY LUMPP

RAY LUMPP Lumpp, the 1948 U.S. Olympic guard
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RAY LUMPP
Lumpp, the 1948 U.S. Olympic guard who appeared in two NBA Finals for the Knicks, died on Jan. 16, 2015. He was 91.

ROY TARPLEY

ROY TARPLEY Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star
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ROY TARPLEY
Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died on Jan. 8, 2015 at age 50.

J.P. PARISE

J.P. PARISEJ.P. Parise, who led the Islanders
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J.P. PARISE
J.P. Parise, who led the Islanders to their first playoff series win in 1975, died from lung cancer on Jan. 7. He was 73.

JETHRO PUGH

JETHRO PUGHPugh, an unsung member of the
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JETHRO PUGH
Pugh, an unsung member of the "Doomsday Defense" that helped the Dallas Cowboys win two Super Bowls in the 1970s, died on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. He was 70.

ALLIE SHERMAN

ALLIE SHERMAN The former Giants coach who led
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ALLIE SHERMAN
The former Giants coach who led the team to three straight NFL Championship Game in his first three seasons died on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at his home in New York. He was 91.

STU MILLER

STU MILLER Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher
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STU MILLER
Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. He was 87.

STUART SCOTT

STUART SCOTT Stuart Scott, one of ESPN's most
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STUART SCOTT
Stuart Scott, one of ESPN's most visible and visionary personalities, died Jan. 4 at his home in Avon, Connecticut, the network announced. He was 49. Scott had been battling appendiceal cancer since 2007.

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