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Notable sports deaths in 2021

Floyd Little

Floyd Little, The Hall of Fame who starred in Syracuse and the Denver Broncos, died Jan. He was 78 years old. No reason was given.

Paul Westphal

Paul WestphalThe Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and college, died January 2 at age 70 in Scottsdale, Arizona, after being diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2020.

John McCler

John McCler, who coached four NHL teams, including the Rangers, for four seasons, and won five Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers, his death was confirmed by the Oilers on January 4. He was 86 years old

Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda, one of the most colorful figures in baseball in the late twentieth century, died on January 7 at the age of 93, silencing a voice that may be comical and majestic but never boring.

Don Sutton

Don SuttonHe passed away on January 18 at the age of 75.

Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson, who lasted 13 years as general manager of the Green Bay Packers including the 2010 Super Bowl season, passed away on January 20. He was 68 years old.

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron He withstood the deliberate obscurity of baseball’s Negro leagues and became an American icon by breaking the record that was arguably the sport’s most sacred mark at the time he broke it. He passed away on January 22 at the age of 86.

Harthorn Wingo

Harthorn WingoThe team, the famous 6-9 striker for the Knicks Championship team in 1973, announced that he died on January 23. He was 73 years old.

George Armstrong

George Armstrong, who led the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s, died of heart complications on January 24. He was 90 years old.

John Chaney

John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading basketball coaches and a leading figure during the Hall of Fame career in Temple, died on January 29 at the age of 89.

Leon Spinks Jr.

Leon Spinks Jr.The former world heavyweight boxing champion who won gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and beat Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1978, died on February 5 at the age of 67 after battling prostate and other types of cancer.

Pedro Gomez

Pedro Gomez, a longtime ESPN baseball reporter died unexpectedly at his home on February 7. He was 58 years old.

Tom Konchalsky

Tom Konchalsky, an exceptional assessor of basketball talent and the editor and publisher of High School Basketball Illustrated, a must-read for coaches at every level of college basketball, died February 8 at the age of 74 after battling cancer.

Marty Schottenheimer

Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular season games with four NFL teams thanks to his “Martyball” football brand, but failed regularly in the playoffs, died February 8. He was 77 years old.

Vincent Jackson

Vincent JacksonThe former Pro Bowl receiver of the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers was found dead February 15 in a Florida hotel room, days after authorities spoke to him as part of a welfare check, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. . He was 38 years old.

Irv Cross

Irv CrossHe passed away on February 28 at the age of 81.

Mark Pavelic

Mark Pavelic, a member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, died at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Center, Minnesota, on March 5 at the age of 63. The cause and manner of death was still pending until the time of his death. Pavelic was undergoing treatment at home as part of a civil obligation to assault his neighbor in August 2019.

“Awesome” Marvin Hagler

Marvin HaglerThe middleweight boxer whose title and career ended in a separate decision loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1987, died unexpectedly on March 13th. He was 66 years old.

Elgin Baylor

Elgin BaylorThe Lakers, the 11-time NBA star who rose through the 1960s with the high-scoring basketball style that became the model for the modern player, died on March 22 at the age of 86.

Bobby Brown

Dr. Bobby Brown He was a five-time champion with the Yankees, had the highest hitter in the world championship for anyone with at least 35 board appearances, fought in two wars and was president of the American League. He died at the age of 96 on March 25 in Texas.

Bobby Anser

Bobby Anser, a beloved three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and part of the only couple to win “The Greatest Scene in Race” passed away on May 2. He was 87 years old.

Lee Evans

Lee EvansDied May 19 at the age of 74, a record-setting runner who wore a black beret in reference to protesting the 1968 Olympics.

Mark Eaton

Mark EatonThe 7-foot-4 King who was twice the best defensive player in the NBA during his entire career with the Utah Jazz, died May 28. He was 64 years old.

Mike Marshall

Mike Marshall, who became the first loyalist to win the Cy Young Award when he set a major league record by making 106 appearances in a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, died on May 31. He was 78 years old.

Jim Fassel

Jim Fassel, who coached the Giants in their third Super Bowl appearance in the 2000 season and won the NFL Coach of the Year award in his first season in 1997, died on June 7 at the age of 71.

Matis Kevlinex

Matis Kevlinex, a goalkeeper for the Columbus Blue Jackets team, died July 4 at the age of 24 after a chest injury from an exploding fireworks mortar.

Dick Tedrow

Dick Tedrow, a former league player and longtime front office member of the San Francisco Giants, died July 14 at the age of 74.

Joe Walton

Joe Walton, who died August 15 at the age of 85, was the only coach in the NFL’s first five decades to run consecutive seasons with double-digit winning totals, going 11-5 in 1985 and 10-6 in 1986.

Bill Freehan

Bill Freehan, an 11-time All-Star catcher with the Detroit Tigers and a key player on the 1968 World Championship team, died August 19 at the age of 79. The cause of death has not been revealed, but family members have said publicly that Freehan had Alzheimer’s disease.

Floyd Race

Floyd Race, the general manager who compiled the roster for the Tennessee Titans’ only Super Bowl appearance, died August 21 of cancer at the age of 73.

Rod Gilbert

Great Rangers Rod Gilbert, who retired in 1978 and after decades was still captain in goals (406) and points (1,021), is forever right wing on the “GAG Line” – goal-in-the-game – with Vic Hadfield and Jan Ratel, Rangers announced on August 22 August passed away at the age of 80.

Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes, who won the Boston College National Hockey League and played seven seasons in the National Hockey League, died August 23 at the age of 31. A law enforcement official said paramedics were called to Hayes’ home in suburban Boston, where he was pronounced dead.

Roger Brown

Roger Brown, a College Football Hall of Fame and a six-time Pro Bowl option with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. He was 84 years old.

Eddie Partridge

Eddie Partridge, the legendary co-owner of Riverhead Raceway, died on September 10 of a heart attack. He was 68 years old.

Ray Voss

Ray VossThe powerful, armed catcher whose career was turned upside down when Pete Rose was thrown at him at the 1970 All-Star Game, died October 13. He was 74 years old. Carol Voss, his wife of 51 years, said in an online statement that Voss died after a 16-year bout of cancer.

Jerry Remy

Jerry RemyHe passed away on October 30 after a long and year-long struggle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old.