A look back at some of the people from the world of sports that we lost in 2015:
Jan. 3, at age 91. New York Giants coach (1961-68) who led them to the NFL championship game each of his first three seasons (losing to Green Bay twice and then Chicago) and was NFL Coach of the Year in 1961 and ’62.
Jan. 4, at age 90. Longtime executive with the Orioles and Indians, he was Baltimore’s general manager when the Orioles won the World Series in 1983.
Jan. 4, at age 87. Pitcher for 16 years (1952-68) with the Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, Orioles, and Braves, he was a member of Baltimore’s World Series champs in 1966. The 165-pound hurler committed a balk during a very windy All-Star Game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1961. Headlines proclaimed that he was “blown off the mound,” but he insisted he merely wavered a couple of inches.
Jan. 4, at age 49. ESPN anchor.
Jan. 7, at age 70. Defensive tackle on the Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense,” he played in four Super Bowls (two wins) in a 14-year career (1965-78).
Jan. 7, at age 73. Standout left wing for 13 NHL seasons (1965-79), nine with the Minnesota North Stars. At the start of his career, he played 21 games for the Bruins over two seasons. He was an All-Star twice, and his son Zach plays for the Minnesota Wild.
Jan. 9, at age 50. Center/power forward who played six years for the Dallas Mavericks (1986-91, 1994-95). He was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1987-88 and a proficient rebounder, but his career was derailed by drug use.
Jan. 15, at age 85. Longtime Bruins radio play-by-play voice.
Jan. 16, at age 91. Guard on the gold-medal US Olympic basketball team in the 1948 Games. He played five seasons in the BAA/NBA, appearing in two NBA Finals with the Knicks.
Jan. 22, at age 75. Pro Bowl running back who played 11 years (1961-71) for the Vikings, Rams, and Redskins. He was the first draft pick in Vikings history and also their first All-Pro.
Jan. 23, at age 83. Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest player in Chicago Cubs history. He was an All-Star at two positions (shortstop and first base), won back-to-back MVPs in 1958-59, slugged 512 home runs, and was a beloved ambassador for the game.
Jan. 25, at age 78. Pitcher who went 96-91 for the Red Sox from 1958-65 and hurled a no-hitter against the White Sox in 1962. He finished up his 11-year career with the Tigers, Yankees, and Giants.
Jan. 28, at age 94. 1960 British Open golf champion.
Feb. 2, at age 61. An unsung member of the 1984 World Series champion Tigers, he played in the majors for 15-plus seasons (also Yankees, Astros, and Giants) as a first baseman/outfielder.
Feb. 2, at age 89. Goalkeeper for the United States in its shocking 1-0 upset of England in the 1950 World Cup.
Feb. 3, at age 92. Groundbreaking golfer who was the first black member of the PGA Tour. He won the 1967 Greater Hartford Open, the 1969 Los Angeles Open, and the 1975 Senior PGA Championship, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Feb. 7, at age 83. Winner of 51 events on the PGA Tour, including three majors. He won the money title twice and was Player of the Year in 1966 and 1970, but his signature achievement was winning the 1966 US Open at the Olympic Club after trailing Arnold Palmer by seven shots with nine holes to play.
Feb. 7, at age 83. Basketball Hall of Fame coach who won two national championships in a 36-year career at North Carolina (1961-97). Famed for his “Four Corners” offense that led to the adoption of the shot clock and for being Michael Jordan’s college coach, Smith went 879-254 with only one losing season (his first), retiring as the winningest coach in men’s college basketball.
Feb. 9, at age 98. Revolutionary sports cinematographer who founded NFL Films in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Feb. 9, at age 76. Coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1968-71 and again from 1979-81 whose team won the Stanley Cup in 1969.
Feb. 11, at age 84. Towel-chomping basketball coach who won a national championship at Nevada-Las Vegas in 1990. He went 509-105 in 19 seasons at UNLV and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Feb. 14, at age 74. Dutch judoka who in the 1972 Summer Games became the only man to win two gold medals in judo (heavyweight and open) in one Olympics.
Feb. 15, at age 35. Defenseman for six NHL teams in a 10-year career, including 13 games with the Bruins in 2009.
Feb. 15, at age 64. Red Sox third base coach from 1997-2000. He also coached for the Cubs, Giants, Brewers, and Expos.
Feb. 18, at age 52. Versatile small forward who played 17 years in the NBA (1984-2001) for the Portland Trail Blazers and four other teams. He won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.
Feb. 26, at age 86. The NBA’s first black player, he first took the floor with the Washington Capitals on Oct. 31, 1950. Also the first black player on an NBA champion (1955 Syracuse Nationals), he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.
Feb. 28, at age 48. Forward for six teams in a 13-year NBA career, notably the Knicks from 1991-96. Known for his toughness, he was an All-Star in 2001 and the Sixth Man of the Year in 1995.
Feb. 28, at age 72. Angels outfielder who edged out Carl Yastrzemski for the 1970 American League batting title, .3289-.3286. He played 13 years for eight teams and was an All-Star in 1970.
March 1, at age 90. Major League Baseball’s first black Latino star, he played 15 years in the majors, mostly with the White Sox (not including cameos in 1976 and 1980). An outfielder/third baseman, he made seven All-Star teams and led the American League in triples three times and hit-by-pitches 10 times.
March 1, at age 51. A 7-foot German center, he played three years in the NBA, holds the career scoring record at the University of Washington, and was on nine European championship teams.
March 13, at age 91. The American League MVP in 1953 (.336, 43 HRs, 145 RBIs), he played third base for the Cleveland Indians for 10 years (1947-56). He was a four-time All-Star and played on the Indians’ last World Series championship team in 1948.
March 18, at age 85. Hall of Fame horse trainer known as the “Giant Killer” because his horses beat the great Kelso and Secretariat.
March 21, at age 89. Pro Football Hall of Famer who was one of the last great two-way players (center/linebacker) and was regarded as one of the toughest players of his time (1949-62, all with the Philadelphia Eagles). He is remembered for a game-saving tackle on Green Bay’s Jim Taylor at the 9-yard line on the final play of the 1960 NFL title game.
Hot Rod Hundley
March 27, at age 80. Two-time NBA All-Star guard in a six-year career with the Lakers (1957-63) who went on to broadcast New Orleans/Utah Jazz games for 35 years.
April 1, at age 85. Diminutive quarterback who played 11 years in the NFL (1952-63) for the Redskins and Cowboys, making four Pro Bowls. He also led Pacific to an undefeated season in 1949 and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
April 4, at age 97. Hockey Hall of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup winner who played 14 seasons (1940-54) for the Canadiens. With Maurice Richard and Toe Blake, he played on Montreal’s renowned “Punch Line.”
April 4, at age 79. First starting quarterback for the expansion Miami Dolphins in 1966.
Dollard St. Laurent
April 6, at age 85. Defenseman who played on five Stanley Cup winners between Montreal and Detroit in a 12-year NHL career (1950-62).
April 10, at age 19. Basketball player for Mount St. Joseph University whose courageous battle against a brain tumor inspired many and begat a foundation that raised more than $1.8 million for cancer research.
April 10, at age 85. Baltimore Colts tight end (1954-61) whose 6-yard reception to the 1-yard line in overtime of the 1958 NFL championship game set up Alan Ameche’s winning touchdown.
April 14, at age 55. Right wing for the St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers (1981-89), and assistant coach for the Ottawa Senators (2011-15).
April 16, at age 71. Outfielder for six teams (mostly the Padres) in a 13-year career (1965-77).
April 20, at age 70. Chicago Bears linebacker (1966-79).
Bob St. Clair
April 20, at age 84. Hall of Fame offensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler for the San Francisco 49ers (1953-63).
April 25, at age 87. Longtime Montreal Expos executive who was their field manager when they made their only playoff appearance, in 1981.
April 26, at age 84. Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who in a 20-year career with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs (1950-70) played on five Stanley Cup winners.
April 27, at age 83. Boxing Hall of Famer who was middleweight champion twice in the late 1950s and whose 55 career wins included two over Sugar Ray Robinson.
April 29, at age 71. A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour who was No. 1 in driving accuracy every year from 1981-90.
May 1, at age 80. The first black player to win a PGA Tour event (the 1964 Waco Turner Open), he won twice in a career that lasted from 1963-78.
May 4, at age 68. Oakland Raiders fullback who made three Pro Bowls and had one 1,000-yard season in an eight-year career (1969-77).
Tony Ayala Jr.
May 12, at age 52. A rising middleweight who had 19 knockouts in 22 bouts before a rape conviction derailed his boxing career at age 19.
Earl Averill Jr.
May 13, at age 83. Catcher/outfielder for five major league teams in the late ’50s/early ’60s.
May 15, at age 70. Kicker on the champion Dolphins teams of 1972 and 1973 remembered for his ill-advised attempt at a pass in Super Bowl VII, a game Miami won to complete its perfect season.
May 17, at age 73. President of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
May 21, at age 78. Righthanded reliever for the Tigers and Astros (1961-73) who led the National League with 29 saves for Houston in 1969.
May 22, at age 89. Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in history. He was the first Globetrotter inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
May 27, at age 97. End on three Chicago Bears championship teams in the 1940s.
May 29, at age 89. Tennis Hall of Famer who won all four Grand Slam tournaments (from 1949-55) and was a master of the drop shot.
May 29, at age 72. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1964 (200 meters, 4 x 400 relay) who also played defensive back for the Giants for three years (1965-67).
May 30, at age 98. Shortstop for seven seasons (1941-47) who at the time of his death was the oldest former Chicago Cub and the last one to play in the World Series (1945). The East Boston native also was elected to the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
June 3, at age 82. Unlikely NCAA record-holder who scored 113 points in a 1954 basketball game for Ohio’s University of Rio Grande (and also had a 116-point game against a junior college team).
June 5, at age 77. Entrepreneur who bankrolled the historic America’s Cup victory by Australia II in 1983 before going to prison in 1997 over the nation’s biggest case of corporate fraud.
John David Crow
June 17, at age 79. Heisman Trophy winner in 1957 (Texas A&M) who went on to be a Pro Bowl running back for the Cardinals and 49ers.
June 17, at age 81. Co-owner of the New York Mets from 1980-2002.
June 18, at age 77. Kicker for the Rams and Cowboys (1960-67).
June 21, at age 50. Outfielder for five teams (1988-2001), mostly the Brewers, who was a .291 career hitter.
June 23, at age 93. Director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers who was the last original employee of the NBA’s inaugural season (1949-50) to still be working in the league.
June 23, at age 83. Detroit Lions head coach in 1976-77.
July 2, at age 68. Hall of Fame tight end who made seven Pro Bowls in a 10-year career with the Detroit Lions (1968-77).
July 8, at age 69. Quarterback who led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl title in 1974, his MVP season. He also played for the Saints and Oilers in a 15-year career (1970-84).
July 17, at age 88. Assistant coach who designed the “No-Name Defense” for the two-time Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins (1972-73). He also was head coach of the New York Giants for 2½ seasons.
July 26, at age 93. Defenseman who played nine years in the NHL (1945-54), winning Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1950 and 1952 and making two All-Star teams.
July 31, at age 88. Seven-time All-Star pitcher who spent most of his 18-year career (1945, 1948-64) with the White Sox. He played in the World Series with Chicago (1959) and San Francisco (1962), and went 211-169 in his career with 38 shutouts.
July 31, at age 86. Longtime Red Sox scout.
Aug. 3, at age 70. Detroit Lions running back (1967-73).
Aug. 7, age at 91. Founding member of the LPGA and winner of 61 tournaments, including 11 majors. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she was LPGA president three times and was perhaps the most influential player in LPGA history.
Aug. 8, at age 90. All-Star defenseman for the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, and Red Wings who played on four Stanley Cup winners with Toronto (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951).
Aug. 9, at age 84. Pro Football Hall of Famer who starred as a halfback and receiver for the New York Giants (1952-64) and became an Emmy-winning broadcaster after his playing days. He was NFL MVP in the Giants’ championship season of 1956.
Aug. 11, at age 74. NASCAR great who in a long and distinguished career (1959-92) won 19 races, including the 1980 Daytona 500.
Aug. 13, at age 94. Winger who played on two Stanley Cup winners with the Canadiens (1944, 1946) in a seven-year NHL career.
Aug. 23, at age 84. Lynn native who was Tommy Heinsohn’s backup on two Celtics championship teams (1957, ’59) and who also played on Kentucky’s NCAA champion team of 1951 and its undefeated 1954 team.
Aug. 25, at age 76. Right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks (1961-76) who was an All-Star three times and played on the 1961 Stanley Cup winners.
Aug. 27, at age 58. Flamboyant NBA center for the Sixers, Nets, Jazz, and Pistons (1976-89) known for his backboard-shattering dunks.
Aug. 29, at age 82. Hockey Hall of Fame coach who led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cups (1980-83) and is second all-time in wins (782-577-223). As a defenseman, he played 14 seasons (1953-71) with four teams, winning Cups with Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit.
Aug. 31, at age 89. Boston University hockey star who still holds school records for goals (51) and points (84) in a season (1949-50).
Sept. 1, at age 84. Defensive end/linebacker for 12 years in the NFL with the Giants and Eagles (1953-64) who made two Pro Bowls and is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sept. 8, at age 62. Two-time 20-game winner for the Cardinals in a 13-year major league career (1976-88). He was a member of St. Louis’s championship team in 1982 and is remembered for being ejected from Game 7 of the 1985 World Series in a loss to the Royals.
Sept. 13, at age 60. Basketball Hall of Famer who won three MVP awards in a 21-year ABA/NBA career (1974-95) with nine teams. One of the most prodigous rebounders in the game’s history, he was a 13-time All-Star and the MVP of the Finals when his 76ers won the NBA championship in 1983.
Sept. 16, at age 79. NSCAA Hall of Famer who coached the University of Connecticut men’s soccer team to a national championship in 1981. At Middlebury (1958-68) and UConn (1969-96), he compiled a cumulative record of 422-199-64.
Sept. 16, at age 79. All-American hockey player for Harvard and member of the US gold-medal team at the 1960 Olympics.
Sept. 19, at age 49. Rugged forward who played for four teams (St. Louis, Montreal, Anaheim, San Jose) in an 11-year NHL career, including the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens.
Sept. 22, at age 90. Legendary baseball figure who was the catcher on the great Yankees teams of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, playing on a record 10 World Series champions and winning three American League MVP awards. The Hall of Famer also managed the Yankees (1964) and Mets (1973) to World Series appearances.
Oct. 4, at age 67. Rugged center on the early Phoenix Suns teams who was drafted No. 2 overall in 1969 (after Lew Alcindor).
Oct. 7, at age 88. Basketball Hall of Fame forward who in a 10-year career (1948-58) made seven All-Star teams and set the Knicks franchise record for consecutive games plated at 610.
Oct. 8, at age 75. Head coach of the Green Bay Packers (1988-91) and Indianapolis Colts (1996-97) who was NFL Coach of the Year in 1989.
Oct. 9, at age 62. Leading scorer and rebounder on the 1975 UCLA national championship basketball team.
Oct. 10, at age 67. Patriots offensive lineman (1972-80).
Oct. 10, at age 61. Red Sox outfielder (1978-82) who also played for Oakland.
Oct. 11, at age 74. Pitcher for five teams over 11 seasons (1961-71) who won the Cy Young Award in 1964 for the Los Angeles Angels and was a two-time 20-game winner.
Oct. 12, at age 90. Red Sox scout for 42 years (1950-92).
Oct. 23, at age 75. Defenseman/forward who played 15 years in the NHL (1963-78) with Montreal and St. Louis, winning five Stanley Cups with the Canadiens.
Oct. 25, at age 60. NBA coach who went 654-592 in a 17-year career (1995-2015) with Minnesota, Detroit, and Washington.
Oct. 30, at age 71. Basketball Hall of Fame center who was a two-time ABA MVP and helped the Indiana Pacers win three league championships.
Oct. 30, at age 82. First baseman/outfielder for 12 years in the majors (1956-68), he was a midseason pickup by the Impossible Dream Red Sox in 1967. A three-time All-Star, he began his career with the Yankeses in the late ’50s, playing on two World Series winners.
Nov. 9, at age 29. Pitcher for the Braves and Angels (2009-13).
Nov. 11, at age 86. Former NBA director of operations, New York Knicks general manager, Golden State Warriors executive, and general manager of the 1967 AFL champion Oakland Raiders.
Nov. 18, at age 89. Hockey Hall of Famer who scored 181 goals in a 14-year career (1948-62) with Chicago, Montreal, and Toronto, and played on five Stanley Cup winners.
Nov. 21, at age 82. Pitcher for seven teams from 1958-70 who holds the distinction of being the only man to hurl a nine-inning no-hitter and lose the game, which he did for Houston on April 23, 1964.
Nov. 26, at age 93. Basketball Hall of Fame coach who led the renowned “Phi Slama Jama” teams at the University of Houston in the 1980s. He coached the Cougars for 30 years, winning 592 games and reaching five Final Fours.
Dec. 1, at age 85. Rugged forward who played on seven NBA champions in his nine years with the Celtics (1955-64) and was known for being the team’s “enforcer.”
Dec. 6, at age 67. Diminutive but electrifying kick returner who was a fan favorite in his 2½ seasons with the Patriots (1973-75).
Dec. 10, at age 87. Hall of Famer for the Syracuse Nationals (1949-63) who defined the role of the big man in the infancy of the NBA and led the team to its only championship in 1955.
Dec. 10, at age 67. Fitchburg native whose only NASCAR win in 160 races was a stunning upset in the 1981 Talladega 500, his 11th career start.
Hot Rod Williams
Dec. 11, at age 53. Popular sixth man for the Cleveland Cavaliers who also played for the Suns and Mavericks in a 13-year NBA career (1986-99).
Dec. 14, at age 86. Coach who led the Minnesota North Stars to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1981.
Dec. 19, at age 84. Hockey Hall of Famer who played on six Stanley Cup winners in 12 years with the Canadiens (1951-63) and led the NHL in scoring twice.
Dec. 21, at age 48. Nephew of legendary heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano and a football star at Brockton High School in the early 1980s.
Dec. 26, at age 78. All-Star pitcher who went 98-84 in a 10-year career (1958-67), mostly with the Cincinnati Reds.
Dec. 27, at age 57. Red Sox outfielder whose ninth-inning home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS was one of the most dramatic and memorable in team history. He played 14 years in the majors (1981-94), with Boston (1986-87), Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Kansas City, winning a World Series with the A’s in 1989.
Dec. 27, at age 83. The face of the Harlem Globetrotters for 24 years (1955-79) whose consummate showmanship and basketball brilliance entertained millions.
Dec. 27, at age 88. Norwegian skiing great who won gold (giant slalom) and silver (slalom) medals in the 1952 Olympics, and whose style and grace helped usher in modern skiing.
Dec. 29, at age 85. Standout third baseman who manned the hot corner for the Red Sox for 11 years (1955-65), making six All-Star teams and winning three Gold Gloves.