Sun coverage: Notable sports deaths in 2009

November 25, 2009

Pioneer moved Bullets: Wizards owner Abe Pollin dead at 85

Abe Pollin, a pioneer in area sports and the first man to move a major league sports franchise out of Baltimore in the modern era, died Tuesday. He was 85.

July 16, 2009

Former Colts defensive back Munsey dies at 61

Nelson Munsey, who played six seasons for the Colts in the 1970s, has died of heart disease. He was 61.

June 6, 2009

Randy Smith, MVP of 1978 All-Star Game, dead at 60

Randy Smith, an All-Star guard with the Buffalo Braves in the 1970s who once held the NBA record for consecutive games played, died of a heart attack suffered while working out on a treadmill at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, where he worked. He was 60. Smith was Most Valuable Player of the 1978 All-Star Game, scoring 27 points as a representative of the Buffalo Braves. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, averaging 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds, and appeared in 906 consecutive games from 1972 to 1983; his mark was broken by A.C. Green in 1997.

June 3, 2009

'He had a spirit that would not give up'

Mike Woods' death last week was much like his abbreviated NFL career with the Baltimore Colts: It went largely unnoticed.

June 3, 2009

Jerry Martin, retired track and field coach, dies Monday

Jerry Martin coached high school track and field in Baltimore County for more than 30 years before retiring in 1999. But Martin loved the sport so much that he couldn't stay away. It's why, in recent years, he even began volunteering to help the growing Hereford track program.

April 14, 2009

Voice of Phils, 73, dies in D.C.

Radio and TV broadcaster Harry Kalas, whose signature "Outta here!" home run calls provided the soundtrack to Philadelphia baseball since 1971, died Monday after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals. He was 73.

April 14, 2009

Former pitcher Mark Fidrych dies at 54

Mark Fidrych, an eccentric All-Star pitcher nicknamed "The Bird" whose career was shortened by injuries, was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm in Northborough, Mass. He was 54.

April 10, 2009

Angels' Nick Adenhart killed in car accident

Even as a youth, Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart stood out among his peers.

April 9, 2009

Marvin Webster dead at 56

Marvin Webster lived the good life at Morgan State University in the early 1970s. He was the "Human Eraser," a 7-foot-1 shot blocker who intimidated opponents on the basketball court and who charmed friends and teammates off it with his caring, selfless personality.

April 9, 2009

David Steele: Webster is gone, but 'Eraser' lives on

Thirty years and six months ago, Marvin Webster was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in hook-shot pose, wearing the uniform of the NBA team that had signed him to a then-shocking $3 million contract, next to a question asking whether he could "turn the Knicks around."

March 25, 2009

Kell, O's All-Star, Hall of Famer, dies

George Kell, the Hall of Fame third baseman who edged Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title before putting the finishing touches on his 15-year career with the Orioles, died Tuesday. He was 86.

March 24, 2009

Sports Digest: Lil E. Tee, winner of '92 Derby, dead

Lil E. Tee, who upset heavily favored Arazi to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, has died. He was 20. The horse was euthanized Wednesday at Old Frankfort Stud in Lexington, Ky. Farm owner Jim Plemmons said the horse fell ill last month after an operation to repair an obstructed bowel and struggled to recover. Under jockey Pat Day, Lil E. Tee, at 17-1, roared past the front-runners at Churchill Downs, including European star Arazi, to win the Derby by a length. It marked the only Derby victory of Day's Hall of Fame career. But Lil E. Tee's winning time of 2minutes, 3seconds over a fast track was considered slow, and most of the aftermath was spent wondering what went wrong with Arazi, who faded to eighth. Lil E. Tee's bid for a Triple Crown ended when he took fifth at the Preakness Stakes. He skipped the Belmont Stakes because of a lung infection. He retired with seven wins in 13 career starts.

10:58 AM EDT, March 12, 2009

Mixed martial arts figure Charles Lewis dies in Ferrari crash

He was a former lawman who called himself "Mask" and advocated a hold-nothing-back lifestyle that helped transform mixed martial arts fighting into a craze and turned his own fighting apparel company into a multimillion-dollar business.

January 8, 2009

Sports Digest: Vaughan, track coach at Mervo, dies at 41

Mervo track coach William Vaughan died Tuesday after complications from pneumonia. He was 41. Vaughan had been suffering from kidney failure in recent months and was awaiting a donor. Vaughan, a former Mervo runner, also worked with the cross country and girls badminton teams. In addition, he coached with the Ed Waters and Freddie Hendricks track clubs. A viewing and a memorial service are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Mervo's auditorium.

January 6, 2009

Sports Digest: Twins owner Pohlad is dead at age 93

Carl Pohlad, a billionaire banker whose Minnesota Twins won two World Series titles during nearly his nearly quarter-century as owner, died yesterday. He was 93. When Pohlad paid Calvin Griffith $38 million for the Twins in 1984, he was widely credited for saving baseball in Minnesota. With the purchase, he inherited a promising group of young players, including Gary Gaetti, Kent Hrbek and future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. Minnesota won World Series championships in 1987 and 1991.

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