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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Dessie Hughes (2014)

    Dessie Hughes

    The Associated PressCHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Dessie Hughes, a leading Irish racehorse trainer who rode Davy Lad to victory in the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1977, has died. He was 71.The British Horseracing Authority announced the death on Sunday. Hughes had been battling illness.Hughes enjoyed great success at the Cheltenham Festival, first as a jockey when he followed up his Gold...

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  • Ian Craig, 89 (1925 - 2014)

    Ian Craig

    The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Craig, who was Australia's youngest test cricket player at 17 and its youngest captain at 22, has died aged 79, Cricket Australia said. A right-hand batsman, Craig became the youngest player to play a test for Australia when he made his debut against South Africa in 1953 aged 17 years, 239 days. He was made captain for the 1957-58 tour to South...

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  • Peter Dalis (2014)

    Peter Dalis

    The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Dalis, who served as athletic director at UCLA during a 19-year stretch in which the school won 39 NCAA championships, died Saturday. He was 76. The school said he died of complications from multiple myeloma at his home in Pacific Palisades, where he was surrounded by his family. Dalis' tenure from 1983-2002 made him the Pacific-10's...

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  • Bill "The Baker" Stimers (2014)

    Bill "The Baker" Stimers

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A fan befriended by former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who became a press box fixture for more than 30 years known as "Bill the Baker," has died. He was 67.The Yankees said Bill Stimers died Thursday at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx. They did not give a cause of death.Stimers worked for Entenmann's Bakery and first met Steinbrenner...

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  • Alvin Dark, 92 (1922 - 2014)

    Alvin Dark

    The Associated PressEASLEY, S.C. (AP) — Alvin Dark, a player and manager on World Series champions who sparked perhaps the most famous rally in baseball history, died Thursday. He was 92.The Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, South Carolina, said Dark died at his home.Dark was the 1948 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star shortstop. He played alongside Willie Mays when the New York Giants...

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