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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Mel Stottlemyre, 77 (1941 - 2019)

    Mel Stottlemyre

    Mel Stottlemyre (1941 – 2019) was a five time All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees who became a top pitching coach. He was a Yankee his entire playing career, winning 20 games 3 times when the Yankees were not at the top of the league. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Gene Okerlund, 76 (1942 - 2019)

    Gene Okerlund

    "Mean" Gene Okerlund (1942 – 2019) was the star announcer for professional wrestling for many years. He came to fame as the face of the WWE, moving later to the rival WCW, returning to the WWE for the remainder of his career. He died at the age of 76. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Thomas Billington, 60 (1958 - 2018)

    Thomas Billington

    Thomas Billington (1958 – 2018) was a legendary professional wrestler known as "Dynamite Kid." The British born Billington partnered with Davey Boy Smith to form the WWE World Champion tag team duo, The British Bulldogs. He died on his birthday, December 5, 2018, at the age of 60. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • David Pearson, 83 (1934 - 2018)

    David Pearson

    David Pearson, the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver known as "the Silver Fox," died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., according to multiple news sources. He was 83. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Wally Triplett, 92 (1926 - 2018)

    Wally Triplett

    Wally Triplett was the first black player to be drafted by an NFL team to play in an NFL game. He was drafted out of Penn State by the Detroit Lions in 1949. There were 3 black players drafted that year but Triplett was the first to play in a regular season game. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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