Cookie Gilchrist: In 1962, Gilchrist became the first AFL player to rush for more than 1,000 years in a season. Gilchrist was also a civil right activist, who organized a boycott of the 1964 AFL All-Star Game scheduled for New Orleans after businesses in the city denied him and black teammates entry. The game was moved to Houston. Gilchrist died of throat cancer on Jan. 10. He was 75.

Jack Lalanne: Lalanne was the first national fitness celebrity who popularized his workouts and nutrition tips on TV and in a health club chain he founded. He died Jan. 23 from pneumonia. He was 96.

Chuck Tanner: Tanner played eight MLB seasons but is better known for his managerial success, including the 1979 World Series championship with the Pirates. He died Feb. 11 after a long illness. He was 82.

Duke Snider: Snider was a Hall of Fame centerfielder for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He had the last home run at Ebbets Field and the first base hit at Dodger Stadium. Snider, who hit 40 or more homers in five consecutive seasons, died Feb. 27 of an undisclosed illness. He was 84.

Rick Martin: Martin was a winger on the Sabres’ legendary “French Connection” line with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert. Martin, who scored 52 goals in consecutive seasons, died March 13 from a heart attack. He was 59.

Marty Marion: Marion was a shortstop who helped the Cardinals win three World Series including in 1944 when he was the National League MVP. He died March 15 from a heart attack. He was 94.

Joe Perry: Perry, a fullback, was part of the 49ers’ “Million Dollar Backfield,” along with Hugh McElhenny, John Henry Johnson and Y.A. Tittle, all of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Perry died April 25 from dementia that his wife attributed to his playing career. He was 84.

Jim Mandich: Mandich was the tight end of the Dolphins’ undefeated 1972 team, but a younger generation of fans knew him for his signature “All right, Miami!” call as the team’s radio commentator. He died April 26 from bile-duct cancer. He was 62.

Harmon Killebrew: Killebrew earned a spot in the Hall of Fame with his power, which came despite being just 5-11. He hit 573 home runs, which is still the second highest total (behind Alex Rodriguez) for a right-handed batter in the American League. He died May 17 from esophageal cancer. He was 74.

Randy (Macho Man) Savage: Born Randy Poffo, Savage spent time in the minors for the Cardinals, Reds and White Sox before becoming a legendary pro wrestler and Slim Jim endorser. He died May 20 from a heart attack while driving. He was 58.

Dick Williams: Williams was a Hall of Fame manager who guided six teams. He won the World Series with the A’s in 1972 and 1973, and took the Padres to their first World Series in 1984. He died July 7 from an aneurysm. He was 82.

Hideki Irabu: Irabu was a Japanese pitching sensation whose struggles after joining the Yankees in 1997 prompted a legendary rant from George Steinbrenner. He died July 27 after apparently hanging himself. He was 42.

Bubba Smith: The No. 1 overall pick in the 1967 NFL Draft — the first time the NFL and AFL held a common draft — Smith played defensive end for nine seasons. Also a star in commercials for Miller Lite and in the “Police Academy” movie franchise, Smith died August 3 from an overdose of diet pills and heart disease. He was 66.

Mike Flanagan: Flanagan won the 1979 American League Cy Young award with the Orioles and later served the team as a general manager and broadcaster. He died August 24 from a self-inflicted shot to the head. He was 59.

Lee Roy Selmon: Selmon was a defensive end who helped Oklahoma win two national championships. After being the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, Selmon had a Hall of Fame career with the Buccaneers. As athletic director at South Florida, he launched the football program. He died Sept. 4 after suffering a stroke. He was 56.

Al Davis: The Raiders owner was a maverick, a pioneer and an innovator. The team won three Super Bowls with Davis, who died Oct. 8 from heart failure. He was 82.

Dan Wheldon: Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, died Oct. 16 when he was involved in a 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33.

Matty Alou: 72, part of an all-Alou outfield for the San  Francisco Giants with brothers Felipe and Jesus. The 1966 National  League batting champion with Pittsburgh, Alou was a career .307 hitter with  31 home runs, 427 RBIs, 1,777 hits and 236 doubles in 15 major league seasons.  He spent his first six seasons with San Francisco and also played for St. Louis,  Oakland, the New  York Yankees and San Diego.

Bob Forsch: Forsch, the only Cardinals pitcher with two no-hitters, helped the team win the 1982 World Series. He died of an aneurysm on Nov. 3. He was 61.

Joe Frazier: Frazier, a former world heavyweight champion whose trilogy against Muhammad Ali ranks among the all-time classics, died Nov. 7 of liver cancer. Also an Olympic gold medalist, Frazier was 67.

Charlie Lea: 54, the first French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues. Lea  pitched from 1980 until 1988, spending six seasons with the Montreal  Expos and one season with the Minnesota  Twins. On May 9, 1981, Lea threw a no-hitter as the Expos beat the San  Francisco Giants 4-0.

Socrates: The captain of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup soccer team died Dec. 4 from an intestinal infection. He was 57.

May they all rest in peace, and to all of those i missed may you too rest in peace.

Thank you….

-Wicked.

 

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