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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Ernie Banks, 83 (1931 - 2015)

    Ernie Banks

    By MIKE FITZPATRICK, The Associated PressEven as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope.That was the charm of "Mr. Cub."Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a...

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  • Tommy Mason, 75 (1939 - 2015)

    Tommy Mason

    The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Running back Tommy Mason, the first draft pick in Minnesota Vikings history, has died. He was 75.Mason's sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, told The Associated Press that Mason died peacefully Thursday at his home in Newport Beach, California, with his wife, Karen, by his side."We just adored him, and he adored my sister," MacNeil said.No cause of death was...

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  • Robert Manzon, 97 (1917 - 2015)

    Robert  Manzon

    The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Robert Manzon, the last surviving driver of Formula One's inaugural season in 1950, has died. He was 97.Manzon, a member of the 24 Hours of Le Mans hall of fame, died at his home in Cassis, in Southern France, Le Mans organizers said on Tuesday.Born in Marseille, the Simca-Gordini driver took part in the famed endurance race six times, and drove in 28 F1 races...

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  • Ray Lumpp (2015)

    Ray Lumpp

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ray Lumpp, the 1948 U.S. Olympic guard who appeared in two NBA Finals for the New York Knicks, died Friday. He was 91.The Knicks announced his death. They didn't provide a cause.The native New Yorker was acquired by the Knicks on Jan. 26, 1949, from the Indianapolis Jets and played in 214 games with them through 1953. Lumpp was part of Knicks teams that lost...

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  • Ray Nagel , 87 (1927 - 2015)

    Ray  Nagel

    The Associated PressIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa and Utah head football coach Ray Nagel has died at age 87.The University of Iowa says Nagel died Jan. 15 in San Antonio. His daughter Nancy Nagel confirmed her father's death when reached by phone Wednesday.The Los Angeles native played quarterback for UCLA and began his coaching career there as an assistant.Nagel coached and played for the...

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