We look back on the sports figures we lost this past year.
Jan. 1 at age 77. The NBA’s longest-serving commissioner (30 years) who was instrumental in making it a global, multibillion-dollar enterprise.
Jan. 1 at age 90. Yankees righthander who immortalized himself in 1956 when he hurled the only no-hitter — a perfect game at that — in World Series history.
Jan. 1 at age 77. Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Rams (1964-74).
Jan. 1 at age 80. Defensive back on the champion Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s.
Jan. 2 at age 74. Innovative coach who led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in 1988 and went 84-107 overall in a 12-year coaching career with Cincinnati and Tampa Bay.
Jan. 2 at age 94. Baseball arbitrator who ruled against the owners in collusion cases in 1986 and 1987.
Jan. 3 at age 71. One of four African-American football players at Kentucky who helped break the Southeastern Conference color line in the late 1960s.
Jan. 7 at age 85. Coach who guided Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was an assistant on the powerhouse Steelers teams that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s.
Jan. 9 at age 89. Catcher whose three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game 7 helped the Pirates pull off a stunning upset of the Yankees in the 1960 World Series.
Jan. 9 at age 94. Famed golf course architect whose most iconic creation is the island green on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
Jan. 10 at age 74. Pitcher for four teams (A’s, Reds, Cardinals, Brewers) in an eight-year major league career.
Jan. 12 at age 23. Washington Nationals pitching prospect.
Jan. 15 at age 20. Holy Cross rower known for her dedication to the sport and her leadership among teammates.
Jan. 21 at age 88. Basketball Hall of Fame coach who went 1,274-192 at DeMatha High School from 1956-2002, mentoring several future NBA stars.
Jan. 25 at age 91. Former NCAA president, ACC commissioner, and athletic director at Notre Dame and Virginia.
Jan. 26 at age 41. All-time NBA great who played on five championship teams with the Lakers, won two scoring titles and the 2008 MVP, and made 18 All-Star teams.
Jan. 26 at age 56. Baseball coach at Orange Coast College (Calif.) and father of Red Sox scout J.J. Altobelli.
Jan. 28 at age 58. Hall of Famer who was one of the most feared pass rushers (150½ sacks) in a 15-year NFL career with the Vikings, Falcons, and 49ers.
Jan. 29 at age 79. Defensive lineman who starred at Boston College before becoming an All-Pro for the Boston Patriots in the 1960s.
Jan. 30 at age 56. Nephew of racing great Mario Andretti who won twice on the NASCAR circuit and also raced IndyCars.
Jan. 30 at age 59. Star forward on Georgia’s only Final Four men’s basketball team, in 1983.
Jan. 31 at age 79. Boys’ soccer coach at Duxbury who guided his teams to nine state titles between 1978 and 1999 and a national-record 72 straight wins from 1981-85.
Feb. 3 at age 83. Hall of Fame defensive back who played on five NFL champion Green Bay Packers teams in the 1960s.
Feb. 6 at age 92. Author of the 1972 baseball classic “The Boys of Summer,” a nostalgic meditation on the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s.
Feb. 6 at age 76. Tight end who played two seasons for the Patriots (1969-70).
Feb. 7 at age 73. Hard-hitting defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s.
Feb. 7 at age 48. Outfielder for four teams, mostly the Colorado Rockies, in a seven-year career (1996-2002).
Feb. 16 at age 57. Shortstop who played 17 years in the majors with seven teams, mostly the Blue Jays, and made five All-Star teams.
Feb. 17 at age 85. Hall of Fame golfer who won 82 LPGA tournaments — second all time — including 13 majors.
Feb. 19 at age 94. Left winger who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Red Wings in the second overtime of Game 7 of the 1950 finals, and led the Bruins with 23 goals in 1947-48.
Feb. 20 at age 62. Former world-ranked tennis player and younger sister of Chris Evert.
Feb. 21 at age 92. Center who began his brief NHL career with a sparkling 15-31—46 rookie campaign for the 1949-50 Bruins and later coached the Vancouver Canucks for 3½ seasons.
Feb. 23 at age 86. First jockey to ride in seven decades, and winner of the 1954 Kentucky Derby aboard Determine.
Feb. 24 at age 90. All-American center on two national champion football teams at Michigan State who later was AD at Texas Tech, Arizona State, and Missouri.
Feb. 28 at age 89. Lefthander who went 21-7 for the 1954 World Series champion New York Giants and also played two-plus seasons for the Boston Braves.
Feb. 29 at age 92. Hungarian Holocaust survivor who went on to become an Olympic gold medalist in swimming (200m breaststroke) at the 1952 Games.
March 5 at age 81. Catcher who played seven years with the Cincinnati Reds before ending his career with two abbreviated seasons with the Red Sox (1970-71).
March 7 at age 84. Hall of Fame center who played on a record 11 Stanley Cup champion teams with the Montreal Canadiens.
March 11 at age 21. Winner of the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
March 11 at age 85. All-Pro receiver for the Rams and Giants in the late 1950s and early ’60s.
March 11 at age 65. Journeyman infielder who began his career in 1977 with the Red Sox by going 6 for 6, still a major league record.
March 13 at age 97. Gold medalist in the javelin at the 1952 Olympics and wife of running great Emil Zatopek.
March 17 at age 58. World champion boxer at 130 and 140 pounds who also trained his nephew, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
March 17 at age 88. Assistant coach on the staff of five Super Bowl winners with the 49ers.
March 20 at age 94. Secretary general of the International Basketball Federation from 1976-2002 credited with bringing NBA players to the Olympics.
March 25 at age 78. All-Pro linebacker on two Buffalo Bills AFL champion teams remembered for a thunderous hit in the 1964 title game that broke the ribs of the Chargers’ Keith Lincoln.
March 25 at age 91. Braves owner who moved the team from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, establishing the first major league baseball franchise in the South.
March 25 at age 61. All-American offensive lineman at Texas who played eight years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the 49ers in the 1989 season.
March 26 at age 77. Dribbling wizard who entertained millions for more than 20 years (1963-85) in more than 6,000 games with the Harlem Globetrotters.
March 26 at age 78. Slugging outfielder for the Houston Astros in the 1960s and ’70s known as the Toy Cannon for his compact but powerful build.
March 27 at age 77. Star center on Loyola’s 1963 NCAA men’s champion team that helped break down racial barriers in college basketball.
April 1 at age 70. Reliever for eight teams in an 11-year career, including a 30-save All-Star campaign with the White Sox in 1980.
April 3 at age 82. Pro Bowl running back/kick returner on the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles NFL champion team.
April 4 at age 73. Saints kicker whose 63-yard field goal in 1970 stood as an NFL record for 43 years and was accomplished despite a birth defect that left him with no toes on his foot.
April 4 at age 89. Linebacker on the 1956 New York Giants NFL champion team who later coached the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers.
April 5 at age 97. US Soccer Hall of Famer as an executive whose namesake trophy goes to the top college player in the country.
April 5 at age 84. Hall of Fame receiver for Cleveland and Washington who in 1962 became the first African-American player for the Redskins, the last NFL team to integrate.
April 6 at age 85. Hall of Fame right fielder and beloved Detroit Tigers icon who was the youngest player to win a batting title (.340 at age 20 in 1955) and a mainstay on the 1968 World Series champions.
April 9 at age 79. All-Star defenseman who started his career with the Bruins (1961-63) before becoming a fixture on the Chicago Black Hawks blue line for eight years.
April 10 at age 88. All-Pro halfback/tight end who played 11 years for the Philadelphia Eagles, including their 1960 NFL championship season.
April 10 at age 71. Right wing who started his career with the Bruins (1968-70) but had his most success with the WHA’s New England Whalers (1972-78) and later coached the Rangers and Kings.
April 11 at age 25. Center for two seasons with the Bruins (2017-19) and two more with the Edmonton Oilers.
April 12 at age 88. Manager who led the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 American League pennant and was National League Manager of the Year with the Chicago Cubs in 1984.
April 12 at age 90. English race driver who won 16 Formula One races.
April 12 at age 86. Winner of 20 PGA events, and runner-up in four majors, who was known for his flamboyant fashion on the golf course.
April 12 at age 79. Second baseman who made four All-Star teams in nine seasons (1965-73) with the Chicago Cubs.
April 12 at age 36. Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
April 14 at age 63. New York Yankees co-owner.
April 15 at age 95. Lexington High School football coach for 36 years.
April 15 at age 85. Hall of Fame defensive lineman who played on five NFL champions with the powerhouse Green Bay Packers of the 1960s.
April 15 at age 63. All-Star second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980s.
April 17 at age 90. Baseball coach who won three national championships at Arizona State and later managed the California Angels and Oakland Athletics.
April 19 at age 80. Fireballing but wildly erratic minor league hurler (with a fastball supposedly well over 100 m.p.h.) who was the inspiration for the Nuke LaLoosh character in “Bull Durham.”
April 19 at age 77. First baseman/outfielder who was an original Kansas City Royal and had the first 6-for-6 game in franchise history.
April 20 at age 77. Fierce middle linebacker for the Baltimore Colts whose last-minute interception set up the winning field goal in Super Bowl V against Dallas.
April 21 at age 78. Guard who played in Super Bowls IV and IX for the Minnesota Vikings.
April 21 at age 98. Center for the Red Wings, Black Hawks, and Rangers in the 1940s and ’50s who at the time of his death was believed to be the oldest living former NHL player.
April 25 at age 85. College Football Hall of Fame coach who went 159-93-8 at Alcorn State, with four Black College National Championships.
April 26 at age 72. Longtime Boston Herald sportswriter.
April 27 at age 60. Star center at Cal who went on to play eight seasons with five teams in the NBA.
April 27 at age 63. AMA Motocross Hall of Famer and one of the sport’s earliest icons.
April 29 at age 86. Tight end on the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL champions who also played for Boston College.
May 1 at age 64. Pitcher for five teams, mostly the Oakland Athletics, in a nine-year major league career.
May 1 at age 49. Chicago Bears tight end (1993-99).
May 4 at age 90. Winningest coach in NFL history, two-time Super Bowl champion, and author of the perfect 17-0-0 season with the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
May 6 at age 101. Pitcher for the Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-47.
May 9 at age 86. Guard on the 1964 Celtics NBA champions who in 1960 with the St. Louis Hawks became the first player to record a triple-double in his first career playoff game.
May 14 at age 74. All-Star slugger for the Astros who also played one year (1979) for the Red Sox and later was Yankees general manager and an MLB vice president.
May 14 at age 88. Quarterback on Georgia Tech’s undefeated 1952 team and later the Yellow Jackets coach (1974-79).
May 14 at age 70. Former Miss America who became a pioneering female sportscaster on CBS.
May 16 at age 76. President/CEO of the Chicago Bears from 1983-2011.
May 16 at age 76. Oakland Raiders defensive back who led the AFL in punt-return yardage in 1966 and ’67.
May 18 at age 65. Buffalo Bills defensive end (1976-85) and the first African-American to play football at Mississippi.
May 22 at age 78. Hall of Fame coach who won more than a thousand games in 23 years with the Utah Jazz, taking them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and ’98.
May 22 at age 83. Australian tennis champion who won four Grand Slam singles titles, including three in 1958.
May 23 at age 84. Hall of Fame college basketball coach who made three trips to the Final Four (Arkansas, Oklahoma State twice) and was the first to take four colleges to the NCAA Tournament.
May 24 at age 66. Catcher for the Atlanta Braves (1975-84) who made the NL All-Star team in 1978.
May 29 at age 87. Oakland A’s public-address announcer for 38 seasons beginning in 1968, known as “The Voice of God.”
May 29 at age 82. All-Pro safety on the Chicago Bears 1963 NFL champions who also played in Super Bowl VII for the Washington Redskins.
May 29 at age 82. International Boxing Hall of Famer who was welterweight champion from 1966-69.
Bobby Joe Morrow
May 30 at age 84. Sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics (100, 200, and 400 relay) and the Sullivan Award in 1957.
June 1 at age 80. Football coach who turned Auburn into a Southeastern Conference power in the 1980s and overall went 153-62-5 in 17 years with the Tigers, Wyoming, and East Carolina.
June 1 at age 50. Billerica marathoner who pushed Rick Hoyt in the Boston Marathon since 2015.
June 2 at age 74. Hall of Fame center who led the Washington Bullets to their only NBA title (1977-78) and was one of only two players to be Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season (1968-69).
June 2 at age 7. Winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the career leader in earnings among North American horses with more than $17 million.
June 3 at age 85. Star tailback at Tennessee (1954-56) who went 185-137-10 as a coach at three schools, leading Pittsburgh to a national championship in 1976.
June 4 at age 91. Boxing gold medalist at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics who fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his pro debut.
June 5 at age 64. The first US male gymnast to win a world title (floor exercise, 1978) and the 1979 Sullivan Award winner as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
June 6 at age 41. Receiver whose six-year NFL career included one season with the Patriots (2006), in which he led the team with 61 catches.
June 6 at age 72. All-Pro defensive lineman for the Falcons and Cardinals (1969-79).
June 7 at age 72. All-Pro cornerback for the Bengals (1969-83) whose 65 interceptions are tied for fifth all-time.
June 7 at age 81. Defensive lineman on the New York Jets Super Bowl III champions.
June 10 at age 96. Founder of the Portland Trail Blazers and general manager when they won the NBA title in 1977.
June 10 at age 65. Well-traveled outfielder who played with seven teams in a 17-year career, winning a World Series with the Oakland A’s in 1974 and twice being named an All-Star.
June 13 at age 81. Pitcher for 16 years in the majors (1956-71) who won the National League Cy Young Award with the San Francisco Giants in 1967.
June 17 at age 83. Denver Broncos center/guard who famously turned down a bribe to throw games by deliberately botching snaps to the quarterback or holder.
June 20 at age 73. Running back on the Dolphins’ back-to-back Super Bowl champions in the 1970s, including the perfect 1972 team that went 17-0-0.
June 21 at age 50. Indiana University soccer star who twice won the Hermann Trophy as the national Player of the Year.
June 22 at age 72. Two-time US Olympian in the 5,000 meters who held the world record for the indoor mile for a year after running 3:54.93 in 1978.
June 24 at age 88. Red Sox manager from 1970-73 and All-Star shortstop for the National League champion Cincinnati Reds in 1961.
June 28 at age 80. Offensive line coach of “The Hogs,” who were instrumental in the Washington Redskins winning three Super Bowls, and later head coach of the Cardinals and Raiders.
June 29 at age 53. Middleboro High School baseball coach whose teams won two state championships.
July 5 at age 87. College Football Hall of Fame coach who went 146-23-1 at Augustana, winning four consecutive Division 3 national championships.
July 7 at age 78. Haverhill native who caught 79 games for the Impossible Dream Red Sox in 1967 as part of a 10-year playing career and was bullpen coach for the champion Phillies in 1980.
July 10 at age 85. English soccer great who played on the country’s 1966 World Cup champions and later coached Ireland to its first major tournaments.
July 11 at age 88. All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman for the Tigers and Braves in a 12-year career (1954-66).
July 13 at age 90. Jockey who rode more than 2,000 winners from 1947-67, including five straight one day at Chicago’s Washington Park.
July 14 at age 65. Linebacker for three teams, mostly the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in a seven-year NFL career (1977-83).
July 16 at age 70. Major league umpire from 1979-2009 who worked the 1991 World Series and appeared in the Kevin Costner movie “For Love of the Game.”
July 16 at age 84. Second baseman who played 15 of his 19 big league seasons with the Phillies, making the All-Star team for them in 1960.
July 22 at age 64. Pro Bowl guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990s and the only wrestler in NCAA history to win six individual national championships.
July 22 at age 32. Starting forward on the University of Connecticut’s Final Four men’s basketball team in 2009.
July 22 at age 79. Northeastern hockey standout whose 67 points (33 goals, 34 assists) in 1962-63 are the second-most in school history.
July 23 at age 59. The first Black coach in University of Oklahoma history (football, 1996-98) whose recruiting laid the foundation for the program’s resurgence.
July 24 at age 77. Trailblazing Kenyan distance runner whose role as the “rabbit” helped countryman Kip Keino upset Jim Ryun in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Olympics.
July 24 at age 93. Founder of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a pioneer for motorsports in New England.
July 25 at age 83. Colorful left wing who played on four Stanley Cup winners with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s and also spent two seasons with the Bruins (1967-69).
July 25 at age 81. NASCAR Hall of Fame engine builder who helped his brother Richard win seven circuit championships.
July 25 at age 88. Men’s basketball coach who took Illinois and New Mexico State to Final Fours in a 21-year career that he finished with a 779-412 record.
July 28 at age 88. Manager of the ill-fated 1986 Red Sox and five other major league teams in a 20-year career.
July 29 at age 62. Former Pawtucket Red Sox general manager who spent 37 years with the franchise in various roles and was International League Executive of the Year in 1987 and 1992.
July 29 at age 80. One of only two men to play on and coach a College World Series championship baseball team (1961 and 1998 with Southern Cal).
July 31 at age 94. Pitcher who worked in four games in 1952 and at the time of his death was one of two remaining members of the Boston Braves.
Aug. 1 at age 53. College Football Hall of Fame defensive back who holds the Oklahoma school record for interceptions in a season with nine.
Aug. 2 at age 100. The first Black tennis pro (1959) and later a coach to Arthur Ashe and the Williams sisters.
Aug. 5 at age 81. Durable second baseman who was the Yankees’ starter for seven straight seasons (1967-73) in a 10-year career.
Aug. 9 at age 87. Red Sox outfielder who was the only man to pinch-hit for Ted Williams (and later Carl Yastrzemski) and who also was a football star at Colorado and played in the NFL.
Aug. 12 at age 93. Trainer of 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief.
Aug. 12 at age 78. All-Pro guard for the 49ers in the 1960s and offensive line coach for the Colts from 1998-2009.
Aug. 12 at age 92. College Football Hall of Fame coach who compiled a school-record 160 victories at Houston.
Aug. 14 at age 73. Defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts (1972-81).
Aug. 15 at age 91. Head coach of the USFL’s Boston Breakers in 1983 and Patriots offensive coordinator in 1991-92.
Aug. 17 at age 85. British tennis player who was the doubles partner of Althea Gibson when Gibson became the first Black player to win a major title at the French Open in 1956.
Aug. 18 at age 57. Hockey Hall of Famer who was a Calder Trophy winner and an All-Star with the Winnipeg Jets in the 1980s and is second in Jets/Coyotes franchise history in goals.
Aug. 18 at age 66. Basketball star at Winchester High School and Penn who played four years in the NBA, including four games with the Celtics in 1978.
Aug. 20 at age 81. Norwood High baseball coach from 1969-2003 who compiled more than 500 wins.
Aug. 23 at age 55. All-Pro punter who played for the Oilers, Lions, and Ravens in the 1980s and ’90s.
Aug. 26 at age 91. Coach/administrator who guided the Andover High School boys’ basketball team to the 1970 state title and compiled a career record of 464-146.
Aug. 27 at age 85. Basketball Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a powerhouse, winning 589 games and the 1997 national championship.
Aug. 28 at age 92. Longtime track announcer at Suffolk Downs.
Aug. 29 at 53. University of Connecticut standout in the late 1980s who became one of the NBA’s best Sixth Men with the Trail Blazers.
Aug. 30 at age 78. Basketball Hall of Famer who coached Georgetown for 27 years (1972-99), winning the 1984 national championship, and also a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Celtics in the 1960s.
Aug. 31 at age 75. Hall of Fame pitcher who was the centerpiece of the Mets’ improbable 1969 World Series championship and whose illustrious résumé included a Rookie of the Year award, three Cy Youngs, and five 20-win seasons.
Sept. 5 at age 75. NCAA administrator credited with transforming the annual national basketball championship tournament into March Madness, a billion-dollar enterprise.
Sept. 6 at age 81. Hall of Fame outfielder who holds the National League records for stolen bases in a season and a career, and helped the Cardinals win two World Series in the 1960s.
Sept. 8 at age 81. American League president from 1994-2000.
Sept. 10 at age 69. British boxing great who briefly held the world middleweight title in 1980 before losing it to Marvin Hagler.
Sept. 16 at age 93. Hockey coach who led Boston University to national championships in 1971 and ’72 before becoming the first coach and general manager of the WHA’s New England Whalers.
Sept. 17 at age 83. Hall of Fame safety who had 52 interceptions in his 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sept. 19 at age 79. Popular baseball scout who worked for 11 teams in a 54-year career, including the Red Sox (2012-19).
Sept. 19 at age 62. General manager of New England Sports Center in Marlborough since 1994 and an influential figure in local youth hockey.
Sept. 20 at age 85. Defenseman who played on three Stanley Cup winners with Montreal (1958-60) and finished his career in 1966 with the Bruins, his fourth NHL team.
Sept. 21 at age 82. Right winger whose 18-year NHL career included two Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs (1962-63) and the Rangers captaincy for seven seasons (1965-71).
Sept. 23 at age 77. Hall of Fame running back/returner whose electrifying talent made him a near-unstoppable force for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s before knee injuries ended his career.
Sept. 24 at age 68. Standout defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints (1973-85).
Sept. 26 at a age 74. Well-traveled outfielder who played on World Series champions with the Dodgers and Yankees, was renowned throughout baseball as a prankster, and dabbled in acting (“The Naked Gun").
Sept. 30 at age 86. Outfielder whose home run in Game 7 helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series.
Oct. 1 at age 64. Bruins center who as a rookie in 1977-78 was one of the team’s NHL-record 11 20-goal scorers.
Oct. 2 at age 84. Hall of Fame pitcher who intimidated batters like few others, winning two World Series with the Cardinals in the 1960s and setting a modern standard for excellence with a 1.12 ERA in 1968.
Oct. 2 at age 84. Lefthanded relief specialist who helped the Dodgers win two World Series in the 1960s.
Oct. 6 at age 79. Relief pitcher who saw action in nine games for the Red Sox in 1968-69.
Oct. 8 at age 91. American runner who won the 400 hurdles in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Oct. 8 at age 91. Anchor on the pitching staffs of the great Yankees teams of the 1950s and ’60s who played on six World Series champions, had the highest winning percentage of the 20th century (.690), and hurled a record 33 consecutive scoreless World Series innings.
Jimmie Lee Solomon
Oct. 9 at age 64. Longtime front office figure who as executive vice president of baseball operations was among the highest-ranking Black executives in the MLB hierarchy.
Oct. 11 at age 77. Diminutive but dynamic second baseman who combined power and speed in winning two National League MVP awards and two World Series with the Reds in a Hall of Fame career.
Oct. 11 at age 76. Hall of Fame horse trainer whose charges included Best Pal and who racked up more than $52 million in purses and 1,400 victories.
Oct. 14 at age 68. Fearsome pass rusher who was an All-Pro for the Chargers and won two Super Bowls with the 49ers in his Hall of Fame career.
Oct. 18 at age 100. Longtime columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune who also was de facto general manager of the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1940s and ’50s.
Oct. 20 at age 74. Major league umpire from 1979-2012 who worked three World Series.
Oct. 20 at age 81. Running back who was an original New York Jet (i.e. Titan) and played on their Super Bowl-winning team of 1968.
Oct. 20 at age 88. Two-sport star who as quarterback/punter led Michigan State to the 1952 national championship and was MVP of the 1954 College World Series before playing six years with the AFL’s Boston Patriots.
Oct. 22 at age 70. Pro Bowl linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings who played in two Super Bowls with them.
Oct. 23 at age 90. College Football Hall of Fame coach who went 119–48–5 at Jackson State.
Oct. 27 at age 85. Sure-handed receiver for the Baltimore Colts who played on their Super Bowl III team.
Oct. 29 at age 45. Boston University hockey player who after sustaining a paralyzing injury on his first collegiate shift devoted his life to a foundation that helped others with spinal injuries, becoming a symbol of courage and an inspiration to many.
Oct. 30 at age 81. Hall of Fame cornerback who won five NFL championships with the Packers and one with the Cowboys.
Oct. 31 at age 76. Center on two national champion football teams at Alabama and linebacker on the Jets team that won Super Bowl III.
Nov. 1 at age 85. Colorful coach who brought Oklahoma basketball to prominence in the 1980s.
Nov. 5 at age 79. Stalwart defenseman who played 12 of his 16 NHL seasons with the Rangers.
Nov. 6 at age 86. An original New York Met who went 1-5 as a righthanded starter/reliever in 1962, his only season in the majors.
Nov. 8 at age 97. NHL Rookie of the Year in 1947 who went on to play on four Stanley Cup winners with the Maple Leafs before a renowned career as a broadcaster.
Nov. 9 at age 86. Iconic Celtics figure who won eight NBA titles as a player, two as a coach, and became an immensely popular broadcaster for the team.
Nov. 13 at age 84. Heisman Trophy winner for Notre Dame in 1956 and Hall of Fame halfback who starred on four Green Bay Packers NFL championship teams in the 1960s.
Nov. 13 at age 64. Guard/forward who became a late-game fan favorite during his 1½ seasons with the Celtics, which included a championship in 1981.
Nov. 14 at age 84. Reliable righthander who was mostly a long reliever in a 21-year major league career, the bulk of which was spent with the Cardinals and Yankees.
Nov. 15 at age 94. Running back who was MVP of the 1950 Rose Bowl for Ohio State and played on two NFL champions with the Browns in 1954-55.
Nov. 16 at age 89. Gold medalist in the high jump at the 1952 Olympics who also played on NBA champions for Philadelphia (1956) and St. Louis (1958).
Nov. 19 at age 75. Star safety on the Dolphins’ two champion teams of the 1970s and MVP of Super Bowl VII, which clinched the perfect 17-0-0 season of 1972.
Nov. 20 at age 87. Original member of the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins and the first All-Star in franchise history.
Nov. 24 at age 87. Head coach of the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals from 1980-85.
Nov. 24 at age 86. One of the first Indigenous players in the National Hockey League, seeing action in 11 games for the Black Hawks in 1953-54.
Nov. 25 at age 60. All-time soccer great — widely considered among the top players in history — who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.
Nov. 25 at age 54. Assistant strength coach on three Patriots teams that won Super Bowls.
Nov. 28 at age 94. Righthander who went 11-6 as a rookie on the 1950 Phillies “Whiz Kids” National League champions.
Nov. 29 at age 90. Longtime Fenway Park groundskeeper renowned for his meticulous care of the ballfield.
Nov. 29 at age 81. Holy Cross basketball great known as “The Shot” who has the highest career scoring average in school history (28.4 points) and briefly played for the Celtics.
Dec. 1 at age 80. Journeyman infielder who made two All-Star teams with the Astros and was a member of the Reds’ 1972 NL champions.
Dec. 2 at age 86. One of the greatest all-around athletes in the world in the late 1950s and gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Dec. 3 at age 81. Lineman who captained Southern Cal’s 1962 national champion football team, became one of the NFL’s first strength and conditioning coaches, and was the father of quarterback Todd Marinovich.
Dec. 4 at age 58. Patriots cheerleading director since 1994 admired for her dedication to her work.
Dec. 5 at age 66. Red Sox beat writer for the Herald and official scorer at Fenway Park.
Dec. 5 at age 89. British golfer who won 23 tournaments worldwide, played in 10 Ryder Cups, and as a commentator became the popular and eccentric “Voice of Golf.”
Dec. 6 at age 90. College Football Hall of Fame quarterback who had a 24-4-1 record at Maryland.
Dec. 6 at age 78. Tennis Hall of Famer who won five Grand Slam doubles titles.
Dec. 7 at age 78. Slugger who was National League Rookie of the Year for the Phillies in 1964 and American League MVP for the White Sox in 1972.
Dec. 7 at age 82. University of Texas football coach who went 86-31-2 in 10 years, with two undefeated regular seasons.
Dec. 7 at age 71. Lanky lefthander who went 41-18 in six seasons with the Red Sox, including 14-3 for the 1975 American League champions.
Dec. 9 at age 79. Head coach of the New York Giants (1979-82) and Alabama (1983-86) and Patriots offensive coordinator (1993-96).
Dec. 9 at age 64. Italian soccer star who in 1982 won the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s best player and led his country to the World Cup championship.
Dec. 9 at age 84. Tennis Hall of Famer who won the Wimbledon and Australian titles in 1959.
Dec. 9 at age 81. Yankees infielder who achieved a place in franchise lore by annoying manager Yogi Berra with his harmonica on the team bus in 1964.
Dec. 13 at age 61. Former director of both the women’s and men’s NCAA Division 1 basketball tournaments.
Dec. 13 at age 72. President/general manager who built the Colorado Avalanche teams that won Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001.
Dec. 14 at age 73. Liverpool soccer coach who in 2001 led the team to FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Cup titles.
Dec. 15 at age 67. Former NBA and ABA player who had a profound impact on young people in his role as athletic director at the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club for three decades.
Dec. 16 at age 28. Baltimore Ravens running back (2014-16).
Dec. 21 at age 58. Hall of Fame linebacker known as one of the NFL’s fiercest pass rushers in his days with the Rams, Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers.
Dec. 23 at age 75. Punter for the Dallas Cowboys’ first Super Bowl champions in 1971.
Dec. 25 at age 88. All-time Celtics great and Basketball Hall of Famer who won eight championships as a player in the 1960s and coached the team to two more titles in the 1980s.
Dec. 26 at age 81. Hall of Fame knuckleball pitcher who compiled 318 wins in a 24-year career with the Braves, Indians, Yankees, and Blue Jays.
Dec. 27 at age 75. College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who won the Outland Trophy with Arkansas in 1966.