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Notable sports deaths in 2010

Every year the sports world gets a few new heroes and loses some as well. This year had its share of sports icons die, young and old. A list of notable sports figures who died in 2010:


Gaines Adams (June 8, 1983-Jan. 17, 2010): Adams died at 26 of cardiac arrest as a member of the Chicago Bears. But he will always be a part of Bucs history, picked fourth overall in the 2007 draft by Tampa Bay.

Gene Hermanski (May 11, 1920-Aug. 9, 2010): He played for the Dodgers in the 1940s alongside Jackie Robinson. He retired to Homosassa.

Robin Roberts (Sept. 30, 1926-May 6, 2010): Roberts entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, but he's known locally as well. He was head baseball coach at USF from 1977 to 1985 and remained in Tampa until his death.

George Steinbrenner (July 4, 1930-July 13, 2010): "The Boss" was larger than life not only in New York but Tampa as well. He bought a declining Yankees team in 1973 and won seven World Series championships.


Sparky Anderson (Feb. 22, 1934-Nov. 4, 2010): Won two World Series titles with the Reds (1975-76) and one with the Tigers (1984) in his illustrious managing career.

Jim Bibby (Oct. 29, 1944-Feb. 16, 2010): Best remembered as part of the Pirates rotation during their 1979 World Series championship season. Had a no-hitter for Texas in 1973.

Willie Davis (April 15, 1940-March 9, 2010): Had an 18-year career as a major-leaguer, 14 with the Dodgers.

Bob Feller (Nov. 3, 1918-Dec. 15, 2010): "Bullet Bob." "Rapid Robert." "The Heater from Van Meter." Whatever his nickname, Feller could really throw. He won 266 games in his career and missed four years to fight in World War II. A Hall of Famer since 1962.

Ernie Harwell (Jan. 25, 1918-May 4, 2010): Broadcast Tigers games for 42 years and had a career in television and radio for 55 years.

Ralph Houk (Aug. 9, 1919-July 21, 2010): Known as a manager's manager, Houk played for the Yankees and managed the Yankees, Tigers and Red Sox. Won six World Series titles as a Yankees player and two as their manager.

Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek (Dec. 21, 1925-May 17, 2010): A poster girl for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, she helped inspire the lead character in the film A League of Their Own.

Jose Lima (Sept. 30, 1972-May 23, 2010): A 13-year major-leaguer, Lima's best year was 1999, when he won 21 games for the Astros.

Ron Santo (Feb. 25, 1940-Dec. 2, 2010): A nine-time All-Star, he played 15 seasons, 14 with the Cubs, and was a longtime broadcaster for the club. Thought to be one of the best players not in the Hall of Fame.

Bob Sheppard (Oct. 20, 1910-July 11, 2010): Public address announcer for the New York Yankees for 56 years.

Bobby Thomson (Oct. 25, 1923-Aug. 16, 2010): Will always be remembered for his Shot Heard 'Round the World that won the 1951 NL pennant for the New York Giants.


Don Coryell (Oct. 17, 1924-July 1, 2010): "Air" Coryell is credited with revolutionizing the passing game in the NFL. Coached the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers.

Rob Lytle (Nov. 12, 1954-Nov. 20, 2010): An All-America running back at Michigan in 1976, finished third in Heisman Trophy voting. Played for the Denver Broncos from 1977 to 1983.

Don Meredith (April 10, 1938-Dec. 5, 2010): A former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, "Dandy" Don was best known for his work on Monday Night Football.

Merlin Olsen (Sept. 15, 1940-March 11, 2010): Had a 15-year career with the L.A. Rams, then became a fixture on television as a broadcaster and actor.

Jack Tatum (Nov. 18, 1948-July 27, 2010): A fierce hitter, nicknamed "The Assassin" with the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. Best known for a hit in 1978 that left Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley paralyzed.

Mosi Tatupu (April 26, 1955-Feb. 23, 2010): Had a 14-year career as a fullback, 13 with the Patriots.

Jarvis Williams (May 16, 1965-May 25, 2010): A former Dolphins safety and a member of the University of Florida's All-Century team.


Manute Bol (Oct. 16, 1962-June 19, 2010): A gentle giant. Bol was 7 feet 7 and played for four NBA teams in his 10-year career.

Quintin Dailey (Jan. 22, 1961-Nov. 8, 2010): Played at the University of San Francisco and 10 years in the NBA with the Bulls, Clippers and Sonics.

Maurice Lucas (Feb. 18, 1952-Oct. 31, 2010): Had a 14-year professional career, two in the ABA and 12 in the NBA with six teams. Helped the Trail Blazers win the 1976-77 NBA title.

John Wooden (Oct. 14, 1910-June 4, 2010): "The Wizard of Westwood" is the gold standard in college coaching. His UCLA teams won 10 national championships, including seven straight.


Pat Burns (April 4, 1952-Nov. 19, 2010): A three-time NHL coach of the year with three different teams.

Bob Probert (June 5, 1965-July 5, 2010): One of hockey's all-time great tough guys for the Red Wings and Blackhawks.


Jack Brisco: (Pro wrestler; Sept. 21, 1941-Feb. 1, 2010): People remember him around the bay area for his years on Championship Wrestling from Florida.

William P. Foster (Band director; Aug. 25, 1919-Aug. 28, 2010): Created Florida A&M's Marching 100. FAMU's band director from 1946 to 1998.

Andy Irons (Surfing; July 24, 1978-Nov. 2, 2010): A three-time world title holder. Irons' death is still under investigation after he was found in a Dallas hotel.

Raymond Parks (NASCAR; June 5, 1914-June 20, 2010): Moonshine runner who helped start NASCAR in 1948.

Antonio Pettigrew (Track; Nov. 3, 1967-Aug. 10, 2010): A sprinter who helped win the 4x400 relay at the 2000 Olympics for the United States. That medal was later stripped after he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. His death was ruled a suicide.

Juan Antonio Samaranch (Olympics; July 17, 1920-April 21, 2010): The former Spanish diplomat ruled the International Olympic Committee for 21 years.

Chet Simmons (Executive; July 11, 1928-March 25, 2010): President of NBC Sports and, later, ESPN in 1979. Became first commissioner of the USFL in 1982.

Notable sports deaths in 2010 12/27/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 27, 2010 8:54pm]
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