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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Dave Mackay, 80 (1934 - 2015)

    Dave Mackay

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Dave Mackay, a former Tottenham captain who also won the English league and FA Cup double with the club in 1961, has died. He was 80.Tottenham announced Mackay's death late Monday, but did not give a cause.Mackay joined Tottenham in 1959 from Scottish club Hearts and became "one of the most influential players of his era," Tottenham said on its website.Mackay...

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  • Christian Welp, 51 (1964 - 2015)

    Christian Welp

    The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Christian Welp, the 7-foot (2.13-meter) German center who holds the University of Washington's career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51.The school confirmed the death Sunday. It didn't provide details.Welp finished his Washington career in 1987 as the school's career leader in points, rebounding and blocks. He scored 2,073...

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  • Jeff McKnight , 52 (1963 - 2015)

    Jeff  McKnight

    The Associated PressBEE BRANCH, Ark. (AP) — Jeff McKnight, a versatile player who spent six seasons with the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 52.McKnight's family told the Mets that McKnight died Sunday after having leukemia for 10 years. His father, Jim, who briefly played for the Chicago Cubs in the early 1960s, was born in Bee Branch.Jeff McKnight made his big league...

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  • Minnie Minoso, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Minnie Minoso

    By JAY COHEN, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban Comet" was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died early Sunday morning after...

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  • Alex Johnson (2015)

    Alex Johnson

    The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Alex Johnson, who won the American League batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72.Alex Johnson Jr. said Wednesday that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer.The elder Johnson, a Detroit native, played for eight teams in his 13-year career. He won the American League batting crown with a .329 average...

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