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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Hot Rod Hundley, 80 (1934 - 2015)

    Hot Rod Hundley

    The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80.The Jazz said Hundley died at his home in the Phoenix area.Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80....

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  • Earl Baltes, 93 (1921 - 2015)

    Earl Baltes

    The Associated Press ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Earl Baltes, the founder and longtime promoter of Eldora Speedway, has died. He was 93. Speedway officials say Baltes died Monday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Eldora owner and three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart says Baltes "was the yardstick other track promoters measured themselves by. He constantly raised the bar, and he...

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  • Chuck Bednarik, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Chuck Bednarik

    The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday the Eagles said. He was 89.Bednarik, known as "Concrete Charlie," epitomized the tough-guy linebacker and also was an outstanding center for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He is best remembered for a game-saving tackle at the 9-yard...

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  • Allen Jerkens, 85 (1929 - 2015)

    Allen Jerkens

    By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, The Associated PressAllen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who pulled off some of horse racing's biggest upsets and was affectionately known as "The Chief," died on Wednesday. He was 85.Jerkens had been ill for several weeks, and had been admitted to a hospital in South Florida earlier in the month. He died late Wednesday afternoon, said his son, Jimmy Jerkens.Horses from...

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  • Bob Appleyard, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Bob Appleyard

    The Associated PressLEEDS, England (AP) — Bob Appleyard, the former England medium-pacer whose unique bowling style made him a prolific wicket-taker for county side Yorkshire and in his short test career, has died. He was 90.Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the death of Appleyard on Tuesday. He had been ill for months.Appleyard's first-class career spanned just eight years — 1950-58...

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