A look at some of the notable figures from the world of sports who died in 2017:

Daryl Spencer Jan. 2 at age 88. Infielder for four teams in 10 seasons (1952-63) who hit the first home run in San Francisco Giants history (the first by a major leaguer in the Pacific Time Zone).

Jean Vuarnet Jan. 2 at age 83. 1960 Olympic gold medalist in the downhill who pioneered the tuck position and was the first to win gold on metal skis.

Milt Schmidt Jan. 4 at age 98. Hockey Hall of Famer and Bruins legend who played on two Stanley Cup champions (1939, 1941), coached the team for 11 seasons (1954-66), and helped bring two other championships to Boston in the 1970s as general manager.

Willy Evans Jan. 4 at age 79. Star running back on the 1958 University of Buffalo football team that rejected an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl because blacks weren’t allowed to play.

Billy Champion Jan. 7 at age 69. Righthander for the Phillies and Brewers (1969-76).

Jackie Brown Jan. 8 at age 73. Pitcher for seven years with four teams (mostly Texas) and pitching coach for the Rangers, White Sox, and Rays.

Charlie Driscoll

Jan. 11 at age 77. Longtime hockey coach at Medford High, Malden Catholic, and Wakefield High.

John Jacobs Jan. 13 at age 91. Captain of the 1979 Ryder Cup team that was the first one to have players from continental Europe join Britain.

Edwin Pope Jan. 19 at age 88. Hall of Fame sportswriter for more than 50 years with the Miami Herald who covered the first 47 Super Bowls.

Yordano Ventura Jan. 22 at age 22. Promising righthander who was 38-31 in his young career with the Royals.

Yordano Ventura’s life was cut short by a motor vehicle accident in the Dominican Republic.
Yordano Ventura’s life was cut short by a motor vehicle accident in the Dominican Republic. USA Today

Andy Marte Jan. 22 at age 30. Third baseman who played five seasons for the Indians (2006-10).

Ralph Guglielmi Jan. 23 at age 83. College Football Hall of Fame quarterback for Notre Dame (1951-54) who played seven NFL seasons with four teams, mostly the Redskins.

Charles Shackleford

Jan. 27 at age 50. Basketball star at North Carolina State (1985-88) who played six seasons in the NBA with four teams.

Mike Ilitch Feb. 10 at age 87. Owner of the Detroit Red Wings (four Stanley Cups) and Detroit Tigers.

Piet Keizer Feb. 11 at age 73. Dutch soccer star who helped Ajax to three straight European Cup titles (1971-73).

Fab Melo Feb. 11 at age 26. Center who was a Celtics first-round pick in 2012 (No. 22 overall) but played only six NBA games after starring at Syracuse.

Charismatic Feb. 19 at age 21. Winner of the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness whose Triple Crown bid ended with a leg injury near the finish line of the Belmont.

Charismatic, with Chris Antley up, won the 1999 Kentucky Derby, but a Triple Crown was not in the cards.
Charismatic, with Chris Antley up, won the 1999 Kentucky Derby, but a Triple Crown was not in the cards.Al Berhman/AP

Ed Garvey Feb. 22 at age 76. Executive director of the NFL Players Association from 1971-83, a period that included strikes in 1974 and 1982.

Bernie Custis Feb. 23 at age 88. Pro football’s first black quarterback, who debuted in the CFL in 1951.

At more than 7½ feet, Neil Fingleton was a giant of a man.
At more than 7½ feet, Neil Fingleton was a giant of a man.AP file

Neil Fingleton Feb. 25 at age 36. The United Kingdom’s tallest man — 7 feet 7½ inches — he played basketball at Holy Name High School, Holy Cross (2002-04), and North Carolina, and later had a career in acting.

Ned Garver

Feb. 26 at age 91. Only American League pitcher to win 20 games for a team that lost 100 (1951 St. Louis Browns).

Sunny Hale Feb. 26 at age 48. Groundbreaking American female polo player.

Vladimir Petrov Feb. 28 at age 69. Star forward on Russian national hockey teams that won Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1976 before losing to the Americans in 1980.

Simon Hobday March 2 at age 76. South African golfer who won five times on the Champions Tour, including the 1994 US Senior Open.

Raymond Kopa March 3 at age 85. Soccer star who was the first French player to win the Ballon D’Or (1958) and was known as “the Napoleon of football.”

Mickey Marvin March 6 at age 61. Raiders offensive lineman on their Super Bowl champion teams in the 1980 and 1983 seasons.

Bill Hougland March 6 at age 86. Basketball star who helped Kansas capture the 1952 NCAA championship and the US win Olympic gold medals in 1952 and 1956.

Lou Duva

March 8 at age 94. Hall of Fame manager/trainer who handled 19 champions, including Evander Holyfield, and helped build the powerful Main Events promotional company.


Lou Duva (left) with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in 1989.
Lou Duva (left) with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in 1989.sal veder/AP file

Bill Hands March 9 at age 76. 20-game winner for the Cubs in their ill-fated 1969 season.

Bob Bruce March 14 at age 83. Starting pitcher for the Houston ballclub in its last game at Colt Stadium and first game at the Astrodome.

Dave Stallworth

March 15 at age 75. Forward who filled in at center for the injured Willis Reed for the 1970 champion New York Knicks.

Rodrigo Valdes March 15 at age 70. WBC and WBA middleweight champion in the 1970s.

Jerry Krause March 21 at age 77. Chicago Bulls general manager who helped build the teams that won six NBA championships.

Pete Hamilton March 22 at age 74. First New Englander (Dedham) to win the Daytona 500 (1970).

Dallas Green

March 22 at age 82. Manager of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies who also pitched in the majors and managed the Mets and Yankees.

Clay Matthews Sr. March 23 at age 88. Two-way player for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s and patriarch of a three-generation NFL family.

Lisel Judge March 23 at age 101. Women’s fencing coach who led Brandeis to 16 New England championships.

Gary Doak March 25 at age 71. Hard-nosed defenseman whose two stints with the Bruins (1965-70 and 1973-81) included a Stanley Cup in 1970.

Gary Doak (right) celebrates the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship in 1970 with teammates Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield.
Gary Doak (right) celebrates the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship in 1970 with teammates Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield.frank o’brien/globe staff file

Brian Oldfield March 26 at age 71. Brash American shot putter (sixth at the 1972 Munich Olympics) who helped popularize the spin technique in both shot put and discus.

Todd Frohwirth March 26 at age 54. Sidewinding relief pitcher whose nine-year career included 22 games with the Red Sox in 1994.

Ruben Amaro Sr. March 31 at age 81. Gold Glove shortstop for the Phillies and Yankees in the 1960s.

James Hadnot March 31 at age 59. Chiefs running back (1980-83).

Katy Feeney was the daughter of former National League president Chub Feeney.
Katy Feeney was the daughter of former National League president Chub Feeney.MLB/Getty

Katy Feeney April 1 at age 68. As senior vice president of club relations and scheduling, the most prominent female executive in Major League Baseball.

Roy Sievers April 3 at age 90. Slugging outfielder/first baseman who was 1949 AL Rookie of the Year with the Browns and a three-time All-Star for the Senators in the 1950s.

Ilkka Sinisalo April 5 at age 58. Flyers right winger for nine seasons (1981-90).

Bob Cerv April 6 at age 91. Backup outfielder on three Yankees World Series teams — including the 1956 champions — who became an All-Star with the Athletics in 1958.

Derrick Jensen April 7 at age 60. Running back/tight end on two Raiders Super Bowl champions (1980, 1983) and a longtime scout for the Seahawks.

Bill Sutherland April 9 at age 82. Center for five NHL/WHA teams in a seven-year pro career.

Spike Dykes

April 10 at age 79. Longtime football coach at Texas Tech (82-67-1) who took the team to six bowls, including the 1994 Cotton Bowl.

Michael Madden

April 12 at age 73. Longtime sports columnist for the Globe.

Wayne Hardin April 12 at age 91. College Football Hall of Fame coach who built successful programs at Navy (1959-64) and Temple (1970-82).

Dan Rooney April 13 at age 84. Pittsburgh Steelers owner, one of the NFL’s most influential executives, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dan Rooney hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL over Seattle.
Dan Rooney hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL over Seattle.rhona wise/EPA/EPA

Bill Anderson

April 18 at age 80. End who played on the Packers’ first two Super Bowl champions after beginning his career with the Redskins.

Aaron Hernandez

April 19 at age 27. Tight end on the Patriots’ Super Bowl team of 2011 whose life took a notorious turn with a murder conviction in 2013 and ended in a prison suicide.

Lynn Whiting April 19 at age 77. Trainer of 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, a 17-1 long shot.

Tom Fleming April 19 at age 65. Two-time winner of the New York City Marathon (1973, 1975) and twice a runner-up in Boston (1973, 1974).

Jack Grinold was a fixture at Northeastern.
Jack Grinold was a fixture at Northeastern.Northeastern photo

Jack Grinold April 22 at age 81. The dean of college sports information directors in New England, he served Northeastern in that capacity for 50 years.

Chuck Wielgus April 23 at age 67. Executive director of USA Swimming whose teams won 156 Olympic medals during his 20-year tenure.

Kenny Sears April 23 at age 83. All-Star forward for the Knicks in the late 1950s and the first basketball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated (December 1954).

Solly Walker

April 28 at age 85. St. John’s basketball star in the 1950s and the school’s first African-American player.

Chad Young April 29 at age 21. Promising American cyclist who died of head injuries sustained in a crash during the Tour of Gila in New Mexico.

Ueli Steck April 30 at age 40. Swiss climber considered by many the most accomplished mountaineer of his time.

Sam Mele May 1 at age 95. Outfielder for the Red Sox in the late 1940s and a longtime instructor and scout in the organization who also managed the Twins to the 1965 American League pennant.

Toby Kimball May 2 at age 74. Star forward for UConn in the early 1960s whose nine-year NBA career included one season (1966-67) with the Celtics.

Adolph Kiefer May 5 at age 98. 100-meter backstroke champion in the 1936 Summer Games who at the time of his death was the oldest surviving American Olympic gold medalist.

Steven Holcomb

May 6 at age 37. America’s best bobsled pilot, he steered his four-man team to a gold medal in the 2010 Olympics, snapping a 62-year drought for the US in the event.

Steven Holcomb won two bronze medals in addition to the 2010 gold.
Steven Holcomb won two bronze medals in addition to the 2010 gold.c.j. gunther/EPA

Clarence Williams May 8 at age 70. Packers defensive end for eight years in the 1970s.

George Irvine May 9 at age 69. Indiana Pacers head coach (1984-86).

Yale Lary

May 12 at age 86. Hall of Fame safety who helped the Detroit Lions win three NFL titles in the 1950s.


Michael Jackson May 12 at age 48. Receiver for the Browns and Ravens (1991-98).

Len Rohde May 13 at age 79. Offensive lineman for the 49ers for 15 years (1960-74) who made the Pro Bowl in 1970.

Frank Brian May 14 at age 94. All-Star guard for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and Fort Wayne Pistons in the early days of the NBA.

Steve Palermo May 14 at age 67. Well-respected major league umpire from 1976-91 whose career was cut short when he was shot and paralyzed while coming to the aid of a robbery victim in Dallas.

Umpire Steve Palermo goes jaw to jaw with Orioles manager Earl Weaver in a 1979 game.
Umpire Steve Palermo goes jaw to jaw with Orioles manager Earl Weaver in a 1979 game.AP file

Jim McElreath May 18 at age 89. Dirt-track, Sprint Car, and Indy Car driver who raced in 15 Indianapolis 500s and was the 1962 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.

David Sanchez May 19 at age 25. Promising Mexican flyweight boxer who had a record of 31-4-2 before dying in a car accident.

Wayne Walker May 19 at age 80. Pro Bowl linebacker (and placekicker) for the Detroit Lions (1958-72).

Bill White May 22 at age 77. All-Star defenseman who formed an imposing blue line tandem with Pat Stapleton for the early ’70s Blackhawks.

Cortez Kennedy May 23 at age 48. Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks (1990-2000).

Sonny Randle May 23 at age 81. Star receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s.

Jim Bunning May 26 at age 85. Hall of Fame pitcher who threw no-hitters in both leagues (Phillies, Tigers) before serving 12 years in the House and 12 in the Senate as a Republican from Kentucky.

Frank Deford May 28 at age 78. Prolific and much-honored sportswriter and commentator whose work was featured for decades in Sports Illustrated, on NPR, and on HBO.

Roberto De Vicenzo June 1 at age 94. Argentina’s first major golf champion (1967 British Open) whose infamously incorrect scorecard (kept by Tommy Aaron) cost him a shot at a playoff in the 1968 Masters.

Roberto De Vicenzo won more that 200 events worldwide but is remembered for the one that got away.
Roberto De Vicenzo won more that 200 events worldwide but is remembered for the one that got away.1967 AP file

Jack McCloskey June 1 at age 91. General manager who built the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys’’ championship teams of 1989 and 1990.

Jack O’Neill June 2 at age 94. Northern California surfing icon who designed some of the earliest neoprene wetsuits.

Jimmy Piersall June 3 at age 87. All-Star outfielder for the Red Sox in the 1950s whose problems with mental illness were addressed in his autobiography, “Fear Strikes Out,” and less accurately in the movie of the same title.

In a 17-year major league career, Jimmy Piersall played for the Indians, Senators, Mets, and Angels in addition to the Red Sox.
In a 17-year major league career, Jimmy Piersall played for the Indians, Senators, Mets, and Angels in addition to the Red Sox.Getty file

Herm Starrette June 2 at age 80. Pitching coach for six teams in the 1970s and ’80s — including the 1980 champion Phillies — and Red Sox bullpen coach from 1995-97.

Holy Bull

June 7 at age 26. 1994 Horse of the Year and sire of more than 700 winners.

James Hardy June 7 at age 31. Buffalo Bills receiver (2008-09).

Rick Tuten June 13 at age 52. Pro Bowl punter for the Seahawks (1991-97) who won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams.

Don Matthews June 14 at age 77. Canadian Football League Hall of Famer (and Amesbury native) who won 231 games and five Grey Cups as a head coach.

Larry Grantham June 18 at age 78. All-Pro linebacker who played 13 years for the Jets (1960-72) and was a starter on their 1968 Super Bowl champions.

Tony Liscio June 18 at age 76. Offensive lineman who came out of retirement in 1971 to help the Dallas Cowboys win their first Super Bowl.

Tony DiCicco June 19 at age 68. Coach of the US women’s soccer team that won the 1999 World Cup, a landmark moment for the sport in this country.

Tony DiCicco was a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Tony DiCicco was a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.nick wass/2012 AP file

Herve Filion

June 22 at age 77. Hall of Fame harness driver who retired with a North American record of 15,179 victories.

Frank Kush

June 22 at 88. Football coach who turned Arizona State into a powerhouse but whose intense style led to his firing after allegations that he physically and mentally harassed a player.

Doug Peterson June 26 at age 71. Designer on two yachts (America³ for the US in 1992, Black Magic for New Zealand in 1995) that won the America’s Cup.

Anthony Young

June 27 at age 51. Hard-luck Mets pitcher who set a major league record with 27 consecutive losses in 1992-93.

Tom Corcoran June 27 at age 85. Two-time American Olympian in Alpine skiing (1956, 1960) and founder of the Waterville Valley resort in New Hampshire.

Dave Semenko June 28 at age 59. Edmonton Oilers tough guy who was widely regarded as “Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard” and played on two Stanley Cup winners (1984, ’85).

Max Runager June 30 at age 61. Punter for the Eagles, 49ers, and Browns (1979-89), and a member of San Francisco’s 1984 Super Bowl champions.

Gene Conley shows his “pitching form” as a Celtic.
Gene Conley shows his “pitching form” as a Celtic.Globe file photo

Darrall Imhoff

June 30 at age 78. Center for six teams in a 12-year NBA career who also starred on Cal’s 1959 NCAA champions and won a gold medal with the 1960 US Olympic team.

Gene Conley July 4 at age 86. The only man to win titles in the NBA (three with the Celtics) and Major League Baseball (1957 Braves), he also pitched three seasons for the Red Sox in the 1960s.

Diane Nelson July 5 at age 51. One of horse racing’s elite female jockeys, she won more than 1,000 races and also landed work with the Ford Modeling Agency.

Chuck Blazer July 12 at age 72. Disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that brought down FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Hootie Johnson July 14 at age 86. Augusta National chairman who famously refused to admit female members to the golf club despite mounting pressure from advocacy groups.

Babe Parilli July 15 at age 87. All-Pro quarterback for the Patriots during their AFL days of the 1960s who ended his career as Joe Namath’s backup with the 1968 Super Bowl champion Jets.

Babe Parilli went 44-32-7 as the Patriots starting quarterback from 1961-67.
Babe Parilli went 44-32-7 as the Patriots starting quarterback from 1961-67.1966 Globe staff file photo

Bob Wolff July 15 at age 96. Legendary broadcaster whose 78-year career included calls of championship games in all four major American sports and Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956.

Jerry Bird July 16 at age 83. Kentucky basketball star under Adolph Rupp in the 1950s.

Kim Hammond July 16 at age 72. Backup quarterback for the Boston Patriots in 1969.

Peter Doohan July 21 at age 56. Australian tennis player whose win over two-time defending champ Boris Becker in the second round in 1987 is considered one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets.

John Kundla

July 23 at age 101. Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five BAA/NBA championships from 1949-54.

Mervyn Rose July 24 at age 87. Australian tennis star who won two major singles titles (1954 Australian Open, 1958 French Open) and two Davis Cups (1951, ’57).

Lee May July 29 at age 74. Slugging first baseman who had 100-RBI seasons for three teams (Reds, Astros, Orioles) in an 18-year career (1965-82).

Dave Grayson July 29 at age 78. All-Pro safety who led the AFL with 10 interceptions for the Raiders in 1968.

John Reaves Aug. 1 at age 67. Record-setting quarterback at Florida whose 11-year journeyman NFL career was hampered by substance abuse.

Ara Parseghian Aug. 2 at age 94. Legendary Notre Dame coach who won two national championships (1966, 1973) and with Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy is part of the school’s “Holy Trinity” of football coaches.

Ara Parseghian is carried off by his players after Notre Dame beat Texas in the 1971 Cotton Bowl.
Ara Parseghian is carried off by his players after Notre Dame beat Texas in the 1971 Cotton Bowl. 1971 AP file photo

Dickie Hemric Aug. 3 at age 83. Wake Forest basketball star in the 1950s who played two seasons with the Celtics, winning a championship in 1957.

Betty Cuthbert

Aug. 6 at age 79. Australian sprinter who won three Olympic gold medals in 1956 (100, 200, 4-by-100 relay) and another in 1964 (400).

Darren Daulton Aug. 6 at age 55. All-Star catcher and spiritual leader of the 1993 NL champion Phillies, he played 14½ years with Philadelphia, then finished his career on a World Series winner with the 1997 Marlins.

Don Baylor Aug. 7 at age 68. Clubhouse leader on the 1986 AL champion Red Sox who also was AL MVP with the Angels in 1979 and NL Manager of the Year with the Rockies in 1995.

Don Baylor hit 31 home runs and knocked in 94 runs for the 1986 Red Sox.
Don Baylor hit 31 home runs and knocked in 94 runs for the 1986 Red Sox.1986 globe staff file

Dick MacPherson Aug. 8 at age 86. Football coach who turned around the Syracuse program before taking over the Patriots in 1991-92; he also was UMass coach for seven years in the 1970s.

Ken Kaiser Aug. 8 at age 72. Colorful and imposing American League umpire who worked 23 years in the big leagues (1977-99).

Paul Casanova

Aug. 12 at age 75. All-Star catcher for the Senators and Braves (1965-74).

Bryan Murray Aug. 12 at age 74. Longtime NHL coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final.

Frank Broyles Aug. 14 at age 92. Arkansas football coach who went 144-48-5 in 19 years, sharing a national title in 1964 when he had Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson on his team.

Tommy Hawkins Aug. 16 at age 80. Notre Dame’s first black All-American in basketball who went on to a 10-year NBA career with the Lakers and Royals.

Lester Williams Aug. 16 at age 58. Patriots nose tackle from 1982-85 who was a starter in Super Bowl XX.

Lester Williams draws a bead on Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.
Lester Williams draws a bead on Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.mike k. fullen/1983 AP file

Parker MacDonald

Aug. 17 at age 84. Center who played for four of the Original Six NHL teams, including 29 games with the Bruins in 1965.

Dave Creighton Aug. 18 at age 87. All-Star center whose 12-year NHL career included six seasons with the Bruins (1948-54).

Ed Sharockman Aug. 19 at age 77. Vikings cornerback (1961-72) who played on their 1969 Super Bowl team.

Colin Meads Aug. 20 at age 81. Considered New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century.

Joe Klein Aug. 23 at age 75. General manager of the Rangers (1982-84), Indians (1986-87), and Tigers (1994-95).

Jud Heathcote Aug. 28 at age 90. Basketball coach for 19 years at Michigan State who won a national championship in 1979 with Magic Johnson as his star player.

Bobby Boyd Aug. 28 at age 79. All-Pro cornerback for the Colts who played on their 1968 Super Bowl team and had 57 career interceptions.

Rollie Massimino Aug. 30 at age 82. Basketball coach who won more than 800 college games and led Villanova to its surprising 1985 NCAA championship.

Rollie Massimino guided Villanova on a wild ride in 1985.
Rollie Massimino guided Villanova on a wild ride in 1985.AP file/Associated Press

Jackie Burkett Sept. 1 at age 80. Linebacker for three teams (Colts, Cowboys, Saints) in a 10-year NFL career (1961-70).

Paul Schaal Sept. 1 at age 74. Third baseman who played 11 years (1964-74) for the Angels and Royals.

Sugar Ramos Sept. 3 at age 75. Cuban featherweight champion whose blows were responsible for the deaths of two opponents (Davey Moore in 1963 and Jose Blanco in 1958).

Tom Wright Sept. 5 at age 93. Outfielder whose major league career included 90 games with the Red Sox from 1948-51.

Noel Picard Sept. 6 at age 78. St. Louis Blues defenseman whose trip of Bobby Orr on the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal resulted in the iconic image of the airborne Bruins superstar.

Noel Picard (left) launches Bobby Orr into history.
Noel Picard (left) launches Bobby Orr into history.Ray Lussier/Boston Herald/via AP

Jim McDaniels Sept. 6 at age 69. 7-footer who led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Final Four in 1971 and played eight pro seasons in the NBA and ABA.

Gene Michael Sept. 7 at age 79. Yankees shortstop, manager, and executive who helped build the teams that won four World Series in a five-year span (1996-2000).

Joe DeNucci Sept. 8 at age 78. World-class middleweight boxer (1957-73) who became the longest-serving state auditor in Massachusetts history.

Pierre Pilote Sept. 9 at age 85. Hall of Fame defenseman who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 1961 and three Norris Trophies.

Don Ohlmeyer Sept. 10 at age 72. Groundbreaking, Emmy-winning producer of ABC’s “Monday Night Football.”

Dan Currie Sept. 11 at age 82. All-Pro linebacker who played on Green Bay’s NFL champion teams in 1961 and 1962.

Alex Hawkins Sept. 12 at age 80. Running back on the Baltimore Colts’ NFL champion teams of 1959 and 1968.

Penny Chenery Sept. 16 at age 95. Owner of legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat and 1972 Kentucky Derby champion Riva Ridge.

Secretariat’s historic victory in the Belmont had Penny Chenery exuberant.
Secretariat’s historic victory in the Belmont had Penny Chenery exuberant.jack Kanthal/1973 AP file

Jake LaMotta

Sept. 19 at age 95. Punishing middleweight champion who was depicted by Oscar winner Robert DeNiro in the 1980 film “Raging Bull.”

Jake LaMotta (left) won the middleweight title by beating Marcel Cerdan in 1949.
Jake LaMotta (left) won the middleweight title by beating Marcel Cerdan in 1949.AP file

Bernie Casey Sept. 19 at age 78. Receiver for the 49ers and Rams in the 1960s whose talents also included painting, poetry, and acting (“Revenge of the Nerds”).

Red Miller

Sept. 27 at age 89. Fiery coach who led the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl, losing to the Cowboys in January 1978.


Frank Hamblen Sept. 30 at age 70. Assistant coach to Phil Jackson on seven NBA champions with the Lakers and Bulls.

Joe Tiller Sept. 30 at age 74. Purdue’s winningest football coach (87-62 from 1997-2008).

Robert Yates Oct. 2 at age 74. NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner and engine builder.

Connie Hawkins Oct. 6 at age 75. New York City playground legend who became a Basketball Hall of Famer, winning an ABA title and MVP with the Pittsburgh Pipers in 1968 and starring for the Suns.

Connie Hawkins (right) jousts for a rebound with Philadelphia’s Billy Cunningham.
Connie Hawkins (right) jousts for a rebound with Philadelphia’s Billy Cunningham.rusty kennedy/1969 AP file

Jim Landis Oct. 7 at 83. Center fielder for the 1959 AL champion White Sox who won five Gold Gloves and finished his career with a cup of coffee for the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox.

Y.A. Tittle

Oct. 8 at age 90. Gritty Hall of Fame quarterback who starred for the 49ers for 10 years before taking the Giants to three straight NFL title games (1961-63) and being MVP in 1963.

Y.A. Tittle at quarterback for the Giants in 1964.
Y.A. Tittle at quarterback for the Giants in 1964. AP file

Darryl Edestrand

Oct. 8 at age 71. Defenseman whose eight-year NHL career included five seasons with the Bruins (1973-78).

Don Lock Oct. 8 at age 81. Outfielder for the Senators, Phillies, and the 1969 Red Sox.

Ben Hawkins

Oct. 9 at age 73. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver (1966-74).

Roger Naples Oct. 13 at 97. Spiritual leader of the Gallery Gods, a group of diehard Bruins fans who populated the second balcony at Boston Garden since 1937.

Justin Reed

Oct. 20 at age 35. Forward whose brief NBA career included 55 games with the Celtics from 2004-06.

John Morrow

Oct. 21 at age 84. Center on the 1964 NFL champion Cleveland Browns.

Chuck Weber Oct. 22 at age 87. Linebacker on the 1960 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady Keys

Oct. 25 at age 81. All-Pro defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960s.

Dick Clasby

Oct. 28 at age 87. Three-sport star (and football All-American) for Harvard in the 1950s.

Rick Stelmaszek

Nov. 6 at age 69. Member of the Twins coaching staff for 32 years (1981-2012), the third-longest tenure in major league history with one team.

Joe Fortunato

Nov. 6 at age 87. All-Pro linebacker on the Chicago Bears’ 1963 NFL champions.

Dave Cloutier Nov. 6 at age 78. Patriots defensive back in 1964 who was the first native of Maine to play for the team.

Roy Halladay

Nov. 7 at age 40. Cy Young Award winner in both leagues (2003 Blue Jays, 2010 Phillies) and the second man to throw a no-hitter in a postseason game.

Roy Halladay went 203-105 in a 16-year major league career.
Roy Halladay went 203-105 in a 16-year major league career.New York Times/2010 file

Daniel Flores

Nov. 8 at age 17. Highly regarded catching prospect who had signed with the Red Sox in the summer.

Drew Brown

Nov. 11 at age 25. Popular Providence College hockey player who fought an inspirational battle with bone cancer.

Bobby Doerr

Nov. 13 at age 99. Hall of Fame second baseman who spent 27 years with the Red Sox as a player, scout, and coach, making nine All-Star teams and establishing himself as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.


Bobby Doerr (right), with fellow Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1950.
Bobby Doerr (right), with fellow Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1950.Globe file photo

Jim Rivera Nov. 13 at age 96. Hustling outfielder who led the AL with 16 triples in 1953 and played on Chicago’s 1959 AL champion team, the Go-Go White Sox.

Ferdie Pacheco

Nov. 16 at age 89. “The Fight Doctor” who served as one of Muhammad Ali’s cornermen from 1962-77.

J.C. Caroline

Nov. 17 at age 84. College Football Hall of Fame running back (Illinois) who played defensive back for the Bears for 10 years (1956-65).

Gillian Rolton

Nov. 18 at age 61. Australian who won two Olympic gold medals in equestrian.

Pancho Segura

Nov. 18 at age 96. Tennis Hall of Famer who was one of the world’s top amateurs in the 1940s and top pros in the 1950s, and later coached Jimmy Connors.

Naim Suleymanoglu

Nov. 18 at 50. Turkish weightlifter who at 4 feet 10 inches tall won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules.”

“Pocket Hercules” competed at 135 pounds and could lift three times his weight.
“Pocket Hercules” competed at 135 pounds and could lift three times his weight.AFP/Getty file

Jana Novotna

Nov. 19 at age 49. Tennis Hall of Famer who won 24 singles titles, including Wimbledon in 1998.

Terry Glenn

Nov. 20 at age 43. Receiver for the Patriots and Cowboys who set an NFL rookie record with 90 catches for New England in 1996.

John Thierry

Nov. 24 at age 46. Defensive lineman who was taken in the first round of the 1994 draft by the Bears and played five seasons for them.

Snapper Jones Nov. 25 at age 75. Three-time ABA All-Star who became a Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster.

Walter Reyes

Nov. 26 at age 36. Syracuse tailback who is second on the school’s all-time rushing list to Joe Morris.

Bud Moore

Nov. 28 at age 92. NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and car owner who distinguished himself in the US Army with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.


Fritz Graf Nov. 29 at age 94. Longtime NFL official who worked four Super Bowls and the celebrated “Ice Bowl” game in Green Bay in 1967, when his whistle froze to his lips.

Bill Steinkraus

Nov. 29 at age 92. First American to win an individual Olympic gold medal in an equestrian event (show jumping, 1968).

Dick Gernert Nov. 30 at age 89. First baseman/left fielder for the Red Sox from 1952-59.

Perry Wallace Dec. 1 at age 69. Vanderbilt basketball star who in 1967 became the first African-American player in the Southeastern Conference.

Ron Meyer

Dec. 5 at age 76. Patriots coach from 1982-84 who in 1982 directed a plow driver to clear a swath on the snow-covered field at Schaefer Stadium for a field goal in an infamous 3-0 win over Miami.

Patriots coach Ron Meyer (left) with Raymond Clayborn.
Patriots coach Ron Meyer (left) with Raymond Clayborn.globe file

Tracy Stallard

Dec. 7 at age 80. Red Sox pitcher who gave up Roger Maris’s record-setting 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season.

Tracy Stallard (right, as a New York Met) with Roger Maris in 1963.
Tracy Stallard (right, as a New York Met) with Roger Maris in 1963.AP file

Tommy Horton Dec. 7 at age 76. British golfer who won four times on the European Tour and played in two Ryder Cups.

Zarley Zalapski Dec. 11 at age 49. Defenseman for five NHL teams, including the Hartford Whalers, from 1987-2000.

Pete Brown

Dec. 12 at age 74. Co-founder of the Cincinnati Bengals with his father, legendary NFL coach Paul Brown.

Tommy Nobis

Dec. 13 at age 74. Hard-nosed All-Pro linebacker who was the first draft pick in Atlanta Falcons history in 1966 and spent his entire 11-year career with them.

Frank Lary Dec. 13 at age 87. Two-time 20-game winner for the Tigers who was known as the Yankee Killer for compiling a 27-10 record against the powerful New York teams from 1955-61.

Frank Lary had a career record of 128-116.
Frank Lary had a career record of 128-116.1954 AP file.

Len Ceglarski

Dec. 16 at age 91. Legendary Boston College hockey coach (419 wins) and a player on the Eagles’ 1949 national championship team.

LeRoy Jolley Dec. 18 at age 79. Hall of Fame trainer who won two Kentucky Derbies, with Foolish Pleasure in 1975 and the filly Genuine Risk in 1980.

Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson Dec. 19 at age 82. One of three women to play in baseball’s Negro leagues, she compiled a 33-8 pitching record and a .270 batting average in three years with the Indianapolis Clowns.

Dick Enberg Dec. 21 at age 82. Legendary broadcaster who called many sports for six decades — including baseball, Olympics, Final Fours, and Wimbledon — winning 13 Emmys and the Baseball Hall of Fame’s prestigious Ford Frick Award.

Dick Enberg (right) with Lakers great Magic Johnson in 1992.
Dick Enberg (right) with Lakers great Magic Johnson in 1992.AP file/Associated Press

Hal Bedsole

Dec. 22 at age 76. College Football Hall of Fame receiver who starred on Southern Cal’s undefeated national champion team in 1962.

Jerry Kindall Dec. 24 at age 82. First man to win College World Series titles as both a player (Minnesota) and a coach (Arizona, where Terry Francona was one of his players).

Johnny Bower Dec. 26 at age 93. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender who won four Stanley Cups and two Vezina Trophies with the Maple Leafs.

Jack Van Berg

Dec. 27 at age 81. Hall of Fame trainer who won 6,523 races, including the 1984 Preakness with Gate Dancer and the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Alysheba.