Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Nobby Wirkowski, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Nobby Wirkowski

    The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Nobby Wirkowski, the star quarterback who played for Woody Hayes in college before leading the Toronto Argonauts to the 1952 Grey Cup title and later coaching the CFL team, has died. He was 88.His death was confirmed by the team Thursday.Wirkowski also played for Hamilton and Calgary in the 1950s before returning to Toronto in 1960 when a knee injury during an...

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  • Wayne McClain (2014)

    Wayne McClain

    DAVID MERCER, The Associated PressCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wayne McClain, the former Illinois assistant men's basketball coach and standout high school coach, died Wednesday. He was 59.McClain died at a hospital in Urbana after a brief, unspecified illness, Champaign Central High School Principal Joe Williams said. McClain had coached Central's boys basketball team since last season.Before...

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  • Tommy Lewis, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Tommy Lewis

    The Associated PressHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama player Tommy Lewis, who gained fame for a play when he wasn't supposed to be on the field, has passed away.Lewis died Sunday in a Huntsville retirement home at age 83, according to Laughlin Funeral Home.Lewis came off the sideline in the 1954 Cotton Bowl and tackled Rice All-America halfback Dicky Maegle near the 50-yard line.Maegle had...

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  • Stan Saleski (2014)

    Stan Saleski

    The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The World Series-bound San Francisco Giants say longtime major league scout Stan Saleski has died. He was 59.The team announced Friday that Saleski died unexpectedly last Saturday in Baltimore while scouting the AL Championship Series.Saleski spent more than three decades scouting at the major league level for the Giants, Marlins and New York Yankees. He...

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  • Elbert Drungo, Jr., 71 (1943 - 2014)

    Elbert Drungo, Jr.

    The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Elbert Drungo Jr., who played 120 games over nine seasons with the Houston Oilers and a season with Buffalo, has died. He was 71.Drungo died Saturday at home after battling cancer the past six years, his wife, Deborah, said Monday.The Houston Oilers drafted Drungo in 1969 in the third round out of Tennessee State, and he played 107 games with the...

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