Jan. 1 – Don Brocher, 60, Patriots equipment manager and the team’s longest tenured employee in franchise history. The 2012 season was his 41st with the Patriots.
Jan. 1 – Jack Davis, 80, an original Boston Patriot. Davis played college football at Maryland before being drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1958. He was signed by the Patriots in their inaugural season in 1960.
Jan. 3 – Burry Stander, 25, two-time Olympian from South Africa and one of the world’s best mountain bikers, was killed in a road accident. Stander competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth at the London Games.
Jan. 3 – Bruce Smith, 63, former CFL defensive lineman. Smith began his CFL career with Hamilton in 1972 and was a member of the Ticats’ Grey Cup-winning squad that season. Smith then spent time with Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto before retiring in 1979.
Jan. 4 – Pete Elliott, 86, the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Elliott served as the museum’s director from 1979-1996 and continued as a member of the Hall’s board of trustees in his retirement.
Jan. 4 – Bryan Stoltenberg, 40, former All-America offensive lineman for the Colorado Buffaloes. Stoltenberg was picked by San Diego in the sixth round of the 1996 draft. He played 50 games for the Chargers, New York Giants and Carolina.
Jan. 5 – Jeff Lewis, 39, Northern Arizona wide receivers coach. The former Lumberjacks quarterback (1992-95) played for Denver and Carolina in the NFL.
Jan. 5 – Richard P. McWilliam, 59, founder of The Upper Deck Co. that became a key player in the trading cards and collectibles industry. Upper Deck entered an industry dominated by The Topps Co. in 1989 and succeeded in gaining market share by offering premium products.
Jan. 5 – Chandler Williams, 27, Arena Football League player. Williams, who died playing in a flag football tournament in South Florida, caught 83 passes for 996 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading the AFL with a 23-yard kickoff return average for the Tampa Bay Storm last season.
Jan. 9 – Mirko Jurkovic, 42, former Notre Dame football standout who was part of the 1988 national championship team and later a consensus All-American offensive guard. Jurkovic played defensive tackle on the ’88 team and offensive guard in 1990 and 1991.
Jan. 11 – Thomas Bourgin, 25, French motorcyclist killed in the Dakar Rally when he collided with a Chilean police car. Bourgin was traveling from Calama on the Chilean side of the Andes to the start of the seventh stage in Argentina.
Jan. 11 – Frederick Talbot, 71, former American League pitcher. Talbot pitched from 1963-70 for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Pilots. He compiled a career record of 38-56 with an earned run average of 4.12.
Jan. 13 – Enzo Hernandez, 63, former major league baseball player. Hernandez played for the San Diego Padres between 1971-77 and finished his big league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1978.
Jan. 14 – Vic Rowen, 93, former San Francisco State football coach from 1961-1989. Rowen won five Far Western Conference titles in the 1960s and nurtured a long list of coaches that included Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren.
Jan. 15 – George Gund III, 75, original owner of the San Jose Sharks. Gund and his brother Gordon relinquished their ownership stake in the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 for the rights to an expansion team in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gund, who sold the franchise in 2002, also previously held ownership roles with the NHL’s California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons, and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jan. 15 – John Thomas, 71, former high jumper and two-time Olympic medalist. Thomas broke the world outdoor record three times, won silver and bronze Olympic medals and captured two NCAA titles while at Boston University. Thomas won bronze in the 1960 Rome Games. Four years later in Tokyo, he won silver. At age 17, he become the first athlete to sail over the 7-foot mark at the 1959 Millrose Games.
Jan. 16 – Gussie Moran, 89, tennis player who shocked a Wimbledon crowd in 1949 when she took the court in a scandalously short skirt and ruffled underwear. When she was 25, Moran made jaws drop at the All-England Tennis Club when she did away with the knee-length skirt most women wore at the time. She lost the match, but made magazine covers around the world and became known as “Gorgeous Gussie.”
Jan. 17 – Bill Albright, 83, former all-star lineman who played in the NFL and the CFL. Albright played defensive tackle at Wisconsin and was drafted in the 1951 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played four seasons with the Giants and three seasons with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He was an all-star three times; twice in 1956, for both offensive and defensive line.
Jan. 19 – Taiho, 72, former sumo grand champion whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan’s ancient sport. Taiho, who real name was Koki Naya, won 32 Emperor’s Cups in a sumo career that started in 1956 and lasted until 1971.
Jan. 19 – Earl Weaver, 82, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver took the Orioles into the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. He had five 100-win seasons, six American League East titles and four pennants. He was manager of the year three times.
Jan. 19 – Stan Musial, 92, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. “Stan the Man” won seven National League batting crowns, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s. Musial was the NL MVP in 1943, 1946 and 1948, and was runner-up four other years. In 1958, he reached the 3,000-hit level and became the NL’s first $100,000-a-year player. He spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and held 55 records when he retired in 1963. Musial hit .331 with 475 home runs and never struck out 50 times in a season over his career. Musial’s National League hit record of 3,630 broke down exactly 1,815 at home and exactly 1,815 on the road. He also finished with 1,951 RBIs and scored 1,949 runs.
Jan. 20 – Ron Fraser, 79, the “wizard of college baseball.” Fraser, a member of 10 different Halls of Fame, won two NCAA baseball championships and never had a losing record in a 30-year career with the Miami Hurricanes. Fraser won national titles in 1982 and 1985, and wound up leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times. He retired in 1992 with 1,271 wins.
Jan. 23 – Calvin Rossi, 88, a two-sport star at UCLA from 1944-47 and a member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. Rossi enjoyed a brilliant four-year varsity football career at right halfback and in the defensive backfield. In baseball, Rossi enjoyed an equally successful career. He hit .456 in 1945 and won All-Coast honors.
Jan. 26 – Ken Staninger, 63, NFL agent. Some of his clients were Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, Brent Pease, Dave Dickenson former Canadian Football League great and Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter.
Jan. 28 – Lafton Thompson, 28, former safety at Temple (1999-02).
Jan. 28 – Edgar Douglas “Doug” Kenna II, 88, quarterback of West Point’s 1944 undefeated national championship team. Kenna was the captain of the tennis and basketball teams the same the year he lead Army to the football championship. West Point’s basketball team lost only one game that year and the tennis team was undefeated.
Jan. 28 – Earl Williams, 64, 1971 National League Rookie of the Year. Williams earned the rookie award after hitting 33 home runs with Atlanta. He hit 28 homers the next year, then was traded to Baltimore after the 1972 season. The big catcher spent two years with the Orioles and later played for Montreal and Oakland. His final season in the majors was 1977 at age 29. Williams hit 138 career homers with 457 RBIs.
Jan. 31 – Caleb Moore, 25, innovative freestyle snowmobile rider died after being injured in a crash on Jan. 24 during the Winter X Games in Colorado.Feb. 1 – William A. Grana, 70, former Harvard fullback who made the All-Ivy Football team from 1961-63. Grana was a pioneer in sports medicine, doing extensive research on artificial knee ligaments. Grana was also a physician for U.S. teams at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Feb. 2 – Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, 88, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie “A League of Their Own.” In 1944, she joined the women’s baseball league and played for 10 seasons. She was a catcher and shortstop, and helped her teams win five championships.
Feb. 2 – Walt Sweeney, 71, standout offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers. Sweeney was a second-round pick out of Syracuse in the 1963 AFL draft, and stayed with the Chargers through the 1970 NFL merger. Sweeney played in either the AFL All-Star Game or the Pro Bowl nine straight seasons, and played in 181 consecutive games. He spent 11 seasons with San Diego and two with Washington.
Feb. 2 – Edith Houghton, 100, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball. After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52.
Feb. 5 – Shelby Whitfield, 77, former Washington Senators broadcaster who enjoyed a long career with AP Radio and ABC Radio. Whitfield called Senators games in 1969 and 1970. In 1974, Whitfield became the first sports director of AP Radio. He moved to ABC Radio in 1981 and retired in 1997.
Feb. 4 – P.W. Underwood, 81, former Southern Miss football player and coach. Underwood coached at his alma mater from 1969-74, directing the Golden Eagles in the transition from small-school power to the Division I ranks.
Feb. 5 – Roy Coleman, 54, the first black starting quarterback at Ole Miss and an integral part of the 1977 team that knocked off eventual national champion Notre Dame in Jackson, Miss.
Feb. 5 – Jim Garvey, 70, former Hofstra athletic director and official in football, basketball and lacrosse. He was the director of athletics at Hofstra from 1987 until his retirement in 1997. As an official he worked four bowl games, three NCAA basketball tournaments and six NCAA lacrosse championship games.
Feb. 6 – Monica Quan, 28, assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton.
Feb. 8 – Jim Sweeney, 83, former Fresno State football coach. Sweeney led the team for 19 seasons and retired with a school-record 144 victories. He also coached Montana State and Washington State before he was hired by Fresno State in 1976. He finished with 200 wins in 32 seasons as a head coach.
Feb 10 – Zhuang Zedong, 72, three-time world table tennis champion and a key figure in the groundbreaking “pingpong diplomacy” between China and the United States.
Feb. 11 – Matthew White, 53, member of Pennsylvania’s 1979 Final Four team. White was the starting center on the Penn team that went to the 1979 semifinals before losing 101-67 to eventual national champion Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson.
Feb. 11 – Jack Eskridge, 89, former Dallas Cowboys equipment manager. He was one of coach Tom Landry’s first hires in 1959, the year before the Cowboys’ debut season. Eskridge also designed the white-bordered blue star used after the Cowboys began with a white star. He remained with the Cowboys until 1973.
Feb. 12 – Mayfield Pennington, 62, former boxer and one-time training partner of Muhammad Ali. Pennington’s professional boxing record was 48-16. He defeated former World Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Emile Griffith in 1977. He was trained by Bud Bruner of Louisville, who worked with Ali.
Feb. 14 – Xavier Walton, 20, Anderson University (Ind.) sophomore lineman, died after he collapsed in an intramural basketball game.
Feb. 14 – Walter Easley, 55, former West Virginia fullback who played two years for San Francisco and was a member of the 49ers’ first Super Bowl championship team in 1982. He later played for the Chicago Blitz and Pittsburgh Maulers in the USFL.
Feb. 14 – D. Scott Huckabay, 46, former Baylor fullback from 1985-88.
Feb. 14 – Glynn Gregory, 73, former SMU running back. Gregory later played wide receiver, cornerback and safety for the Dallas Cowboys (1961-62).
Feb. 15 – Kenneth Dement, 80, former tackle at Southeast Missouri State from 1951 to 1955. The two-platoon tackle became team captain in 1954 and was named an NAIA All-American.
Feb. 15 – Ken Clark, 46, two-time All-Big Eight running back for Nebraska. Clark, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards both his junior and senior seasons, went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts from 1990-92.
Feb. 17 – Michael Gage, 75, former publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and president of the Packers Hall of Fame board. Gage was the largest private shareholder of Packers stock.
Feb. 17 – Phil Henderson, 44, leading scorer on the 1989-90 Duke team that lost to UNLV in the national championship game. Henderson was a senior captain on the 1989-90 team and averaged 18.5 points that year. He scored 22.3 points in tournament play during that postseason.
Feb. 17 – Sophie Kurys, 87, star second baseman for the Racine Belles of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Nicknamed the “Flint Flash,” Kurys led the league in steals for seven straight years and swiped 1,114 bases in her career. She scored the winning run in the 14th inning of the 1946 championship game.
Feb. 17 – Tony Lorick, 71, Arizona State halfback from 1961-63. Lorick led the team in rushing as a halfback with 704 yards in 1962 and as a fullback with 805 yards in 1963. He also played linebacker on defense. He played four seasons with the Baltimore Colts and one season with New Orleans before retiring in 1969.
Feb. 18 – Jerry Buss, 79, Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner. Buss transformed the Lakers into Southern California’s most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour after buying the club in 1979. With Buss’ leadership and lavish spending, the Lakers won five championships during the 1980s Showtime dynasty and added five more in an 11-year span of Kobe Bryant’s career. The Lakers made the NBA finals 16 times through 2011 during his 32 years in charge and are the NBA’s winningest franchise since he bought the club.
Feb. 18 – Lou Spadia, 92, longtime executive with the San Francisco 49ers. Spadia worked for the 49ers for more than 30 years, serving as team president from 1967-76. Spadia, who grew up in San Francisco, also founded the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
Feb. 19 – George Herman Enderle, 75, captain of the 1959 Oregon State football team.
Feb. 20 – Jerimiah “J.J.” Moen, 29, amateur boxer. Moen collapsed after the first round of a scheduled three-round, super-heavyweight Golden Gloves fight on Feb. 16 in East Grand Forks, Minn.
Feb. 21 – Gene B. King, 85, former football coach at the University of Tampa. For over 25 years, he was on the Board of Directors and the Selection Committee for the Hall of Fame and Outback Bowls.
Feb. 26 – Fred McCain, 90, former North Texas quarterback and athletic director. McCain served the university for over 40 years, as a standout quarterback from 1945-48, a football coach from 1950-71, director of the UNT Coliseum from 1973-82 and director of athletics in 1972 and again from 1982-87.
Feb. 27 – Folabi Akanbi, 17, Montana State football signee.
Feb. 27 – Michael Marienthal, 89, member of UCLA’s first football team to make the Rose Bowl, a 9-0 loss to Georgia in 1943. Marienthal left school to fight in World War II, losing his leg and earning a Purple Heart as a Marine at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He returned to serve on the football team’s coaching staff from 1946 to 1948 and from 1946 to 1996 he worked as official scorer for the Bruins basketball team, documenting all 11 of the school’s national titles.
March 3 – James Strong, 68, chairman of 2015 Cricket World Cup local organizing committee died in Sydney, Australia.
March 3 – Tom Borland, 80, MVP of the 1955 College World Series who later briefly pitched for the Boston Red Sox. Borland was a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State, during its College World Series appearances in 1954 and 1955.
March 3 – Junior Heffernan, 23, British cyclist. Heffernan was fatally injured in a collision with a vehicle during the annual Severn Bridge Road Race near Olveston in Gloucestershire.
March 4 – Durward Pennington, 73, former Georgia kicker. He kicked the winning point to secure the SEC title for Georgia in 1959. Durward was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played two years for the Dallas Texans.
March 5 – William Moody, 58, better known to pro wrestling fans as Paul Bearer, the pasty-faced, urn-carrying manager for performers The Undertaker and Kane.
March 8 – Bruce Campbell, 56, former Providence men’s basketball player. Campbell recorded 290 assists (2.4 per game), averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds during his career (1974-78).
March 8 – Tony Martin, 52, former welterweight boxer. Martin was 34-6-1 in his boxing career, with 12 knockouts. He lost his last fight, a decision to Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas, in 1997. He had wins over well-known fighters Micky Ward and Livingstone Bramble to his credit.
March 8 – George Saimes, 71, former Buffalo Bills safety. Saimes was regarded as one of the American Football League’s best safeties. Selected by Buffalo in the 1963 AFL draft, Saimes spent seven seasons with the Bills. He helped the team win back-to-back AFL championships in 1964-65. He was then reunited in Denver with his former Bills coach, Lou Saban, in playing three more seasons with the Broncos. Saimes was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and, in 1970, was selected to the all-time AFL defensive team.
March 13 — Gene Felker, 84, former Arizona State assistant football coach. Felker graduated from Wisconsin in 1952 and went on to play in the NFL as a tight end and defensive back for the Dallas Texans. He served as an assistant football coach at Arizona State under Head Coach Frank Kush between 1959 and 1964.
March 14 — Rocknroll Hanover, 11, the 2005 harness horse of the year. Rocknroll Hanover had developed into one of harness racing’s top breeding horses. On the racetrack, Rocknroll Hanover won 15 of 26 career starts and earned $2.75 million. Trained by Brett Pelling, he won 12 of 18 races in 2005, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Breeders Crown.
March 14 — John Konstantinos, 76, former athlete, football coach, sports administrator, and commissioner with: the Cleveland-Canton-Philadelphia Bulldogs, Temple, William and Mary, NC State, Eastern Illinois, Arkansas, Kent State, Cleveland State, and the Ohio State Athletic Commission.
March 14 — Jack Curran, 82, coaching great from Archbishop Molloy High School. Curran spent more than a half century compiling records in high school basketball and baseball that might never be toppled. Curran’s teams won five city championships in basketball and 17 in baseball. No other New York City coach has ever won a title in both sports in the same year. Curran did it four times — 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1987. His record was 972-437 in basketball and 1,708-523 in baseball.
March 16 — Kristina Quigley, 30, Seton Hill’s women’s lacrosse coach. Quigley died of injuries she suffered in a bus crash that was carrying the lacrosse team to a game at Millersville University.
March 17 — Steve Davis, 60, former Oklahoma quarterback. Davis started every game during Barry Switzer’s first three seasons as head coach and won national championships in 1974 and 1975. He compiled a remarkable 32-1-1 record in three years as the Sooners’ starter. The Sooners went 11-0 in 1974, then won the national title again the following year after going 11-1.
March 21 — Pietro Mennea, 60, former Italian sprinter who held the world record in the 200 meters for nearly 17 years. Mennea set the record of 19.72 seconds on Sept. 12, 1979, in Mexico City. The mark lasted until Michael Johnson ran 19.66 on June 23, 1996, at the U.S. Olympic trials. Mennea won gold in the 200 and bronze in the 4×400 relay at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, plus a bronze in the 200 at the 1972 Munich Games.
March 21 — Harlon Hill, 80, former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy. Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh and Detroit, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch.
March 22 — Ray Williams, 58, former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the NBA. Williams was drafted 10th overall by the Knicks in 1977. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons in New York and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta and San Antonio.
March 23 — Joe Weider, 93, legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world. Weider popularized bodybuilding and spread the message of health and fitness worldwide with such publications as Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Shape. He created one of bodybuilding’s pre-eminent events, the Mr. Olympia competition in 1965.
March 23 — Virgil Trucks, 95, one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season. Trucks threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season and was the last visiting pitcher to toss a complete-game no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. The two-time All-Star pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.
March 25 — Wayne Fleming, 62, longtime NHL assistant coach. Fleming spent 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Calgary, Edmonton and Tampa Bay.
March 26 — Ron Lancaster Jr., 69, former CFL assistant coach and the son of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Ron Lancaster. Lancaster Jr. was an assistant coach in the CFL with Toronto, Edmonton, Hamilton and Winnipeg. He made five Grey Cup appearances, winning three, including in 1999 with Hamilton when his father was the club’s head coach.
March 26 — Tom Boerwinkle, 67, former Chicago Bulls center. The 7-foot Boerwinkle played for the Tennessee and helped the team win the 1967 Southeastern Conference championship. He was drafted fourth overall in 1968, averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 seasons with the Bulls from 1968-69 to 1977-78.
March 26 — Dave Leggett, 79, MVP in the 1955 Rose Bowl win over Southern California that clinched an Ohio State national championship. Leggett helped coach Woody Hayes to his first national championship by passing for a TD, rushing for another, recovering a USC fumble and leading a 77-yard, fourth-quarter drive for the game-winning score.
March 26 — Patricia McCormick, 83, former American bullfighter. McCormick is considered to be the first American woman to fight bulls professionally in Mexico. Patricia debuted as a bullfighter in September 1951 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Throughout a decade-long career, she fought in 300 corridas throughout Mexico and Venezuela.
March 27 — Hjalmar Andersen, 90, Norwegian speedskater. In the early 1950s, Andersen was considered the world’s best skater. He was the world all-round champion for three years, won a European title and set world records in 1950, 1951 and 1952. He also set the 10,000-meter world record in 1949, becoming the first to cover the distance in less than 17 minutes. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he won gold in the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000.
March 28 — Soraya Jimenez, 35, Mexico’s first female Olympic champion. Jimenez won gold medal in weightlifting at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
March 28 — Gus Triandos, 82, former major league catcher. Triandos played from 1953-1965. He broke into the majors with the Yankees and played in 20 games over two years in New York before becoming a starter with Baltimore in 1955. He played eight seasons for the Orioles before finishing with Detroit, Philadelphia and Houston.
March 30 — Mal Moore, 73, former athletic director at Alabama. Moore had been part of 10 football national championships as a Crimson Tide player, coach or administrator. Moore was athletic director since 1999 before stepping down March 20.
March 30 — Bob Nichols, 82, former Toledo basketball player and coach. Nichols led the Rockets to three NCAA Tournament appearances and won 376 games in 22 seasons from 1965 through 1987. Nichols, the Mid-American Conference record holder for men’s basketball coaching victories, also won five Mid-American Conference titles.
March 31 — Dick Duden, 88, three-sport standout at Navy. Duden was one of the finest athletes in Naval Academy history who earned nine varsity letters. Duden returned to his alma mater and became a successful coach, compiling a stellar 95-23-2 record in 16 seasons overseeing the freshman football team.
March 31 — H.B. “Bebe” Lee, 96, director of athletics at Kansas State from 1956-1968. Following a successful stint as head basketball coach at Colorado, which culminated with a Final Four appearance in 1955, Lee became the youngest athletics director in the Big Seven Conference when he took over the Wildcat athletic program.