A look back at some of the notable figures from the world of sports who died this year:
Jan. 4 at age 87. College Football Hall of Fame coach who went 179-119-5 at Yale from 1965-96, winning or sharing 10 Ivy League titles.
Jan. 5 at age 81. NHL referee who worked more than 1,000 games over 21 seasons.
Horace Ashenfelter III
Jan. 9 at age 75. Infielder/outfielder whose 17-year major league career was spent mostly with Montreal and ended with the Red Sox in 1978.
Jan. 12 at age 89. Broadcasting giant who called a multitude of events for ABC Sports, including baseball and the Olympics, but was most renowned for his college football work.
Jan. 13 at age 87. Hall of Fame umpire who worked 30 years in the National League (1962-92).
Jo Jo White
Jan. 16 at age 71. Hall of Fame guard who played on two Celtics championship teams (1974, 1976), made seven NBA All-Star teams, and won a gold medal with the US Olympic team in 1968.
Jan. 21 at age 33. Guard on Baylor’s 2005 NCAA women’s basketball champions.
Jan. 30 at age 56. General manager of the Padres (1995-2009) and Diamondbacks (2010-14) whose San Diego team won the National League pennant in 1998.
Jan. 31 at age 68. Outfielder/DH for seven teams, notably the Yankees and Indians, who was renowned for his spectacular 1970s Afro hairstyle.
Feb. 4 at age 26. Indianapolis Colts linebacker.
Feb. 9 at age 87. Outfielder who was NL Rookie of the Year for the Cardinals in 1954, played on three champion Dodger teams, and whose homers at the LA Coliseum were called “Moon shots.”
Feb. 13 at age 84. All-Star outfielder for the Indians in 1961 who played for eight other teams in a 15-year career and was the father of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
Feb. 15 at age 86. Red Sox righthander who went 91-82 in eight seasons (1954-61), making the All-Star team in 1956, when he was 19-9.
Feb. 22 at age 79. Angels pitcher whose fateful fastball to the left temple of Tony Conigliaro in August 1967 shortened the career of the budding Red Sox star.
March 2 at age 63. Righthander whose nine-year career included a World Series title with Baltimore in 1983 and an AL pennant with the Red Sox in 1986.
March 3 at age 88. British runner who in 1954 became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes (3:59.4), one of the signature athletic achievements of the 20th century.
March 8 at age 58. Jockey who rode 1,402 winners, including Spectacular Bid in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
March 12 at age 54. Winner of four Grand Slam tennis titles in men’s doubles and two in mixed doubles.
March 15 at age 90. Owner of the New Orleans Saints (1985-2018) whose team won Super Bowl XLIV, and also owner of the New Orleans Pelicans (2012-18).
March 15 at age 84. Third baseman on the 1969 World Series champion “Miracle Mets.”
March 15 at age 79. University of Texas baseball coach who holds the NCAA record for coaching wins (1,975) and captured five College World Series titles (three with Cal State Fullerton).
March 15 at age 94. The first person of Asian heritage to appear in an NHL game, playing a shift for the Rangers in 1948.
March 21 at age 75. Alaskan miner who won the first Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1973.
March 22 at age 80. Founding owner of baseball’s Florida Marlins and the NHL’s Florida Panthers, and also Miami Dolphins owner from 1994-2008.
March 26 at age 71. Red Sox catcher in the late 1960s who remains the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run (18).
March 28 at age 52. Starting forward on Indiana’s 1987 NCAA men’s basketball champions who passed the ball to Keith Smart for the decisive basket in the title game.
March 29 at age 73. All-Star outfielder who in a 23-year career led the Mets to the 1973 NL pennant and became the only player to amass 500 hits with four teams.
April 1 at age 85. Ski racing pioneer who helped launch the World Cup circuit more than 50 years ago, and a noted TV commentator for the sport.
April 14 at age 81. Basketball Hall of Fame guard who made 10 All-Star teams and is the Philadelphia 76ers franchise leader in points, field goals, and games played.
April 15 at age 91. Three-sport coach at Swampscott High School (football, basketball, baseball) from 1954-73, and the father of WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch.
April 18 at age 82. One of pro wrestling’s biggest box office draws and its longest-reigning champion in the 1960s and ’70.
April 19 at age 80. A New England broadcast icon, he was the play-by-play voice of the Patriots for 36 seasons, called Celtics and Boston College football games, and was a WBZ radio sports anchor for 38 years.
April 20 at age 87. Woody Hayes’s successor as Ohio State football coach, he went 81-26-1 from 1979-87 and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
April 22 at age 73. Speedy All-Star infielder for the Rangers who also played for the Indians, Senators, and Royals in a 10-year career.
April 23 at age 71. Japanese baseball’s Iron Man, who played in 2,215 consecutive games, a global record until it was surpassed by Cal Ripken in 1996.
May 3 at age 83. General manager of the New York Islanders during their run of four straight Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83.
May 11 at age 36. Boston College basketball guard who played on four teams that made the NCAA Tournament from 2002-05.
May 12 at age 86. Three-time NFL Coach of the Year who led the Rams to three straight NFC Championship games (1974-76) and also coached the Bills and Seahawks.
May 14 at age 95. Winner of 19 PGA events, including the 1955 PGA Championship and the 1957 Masters, and a World Golf Hall of Famer.
May 16 at age 65. Durable and versatile Patriots running back from 1974-82.
May 17 at age 79. Nantucket football coach for 45 years whose teams reached nine Super Bowls, winning three.
May 18 at age 80. Heisman Trophy-winning running back who led LSU to the national championship in 1958 and then played on two AFL champion Houston Oiler teams.
May 20 at age 77. World Golf Hall of Famer who won 38 LPGA tournaments, including two majors, and was one of the tour’s great ambassadors.
June 2 at age 68. Pitcher who helped the Pirates win World Series in 1971 and ’79, going 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in the playoffs, and who finished his career with the Red Sox in 1985.
June 4 at age 61. 49ers receiver who played on two Super Bowl winners and is immortalized for his last-minute TD grab to beat Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship, known simply as The Catch.
June 4 at age 88. Basketball Hall of Famer whose career as a player, coach, and administrator spanned 50 years, most notably at Alabama, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.
June 6 at age 95. Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cardinals who also managed the team to more than 1,000 wins (1965-76) and beat the Red Sox in the 1967 World Series.
June 9 at age 80. Right winger on the Bruins’ Stanley Cup teams of 1970 and 1972 who was a fan favorite both for his goal-scoring touch and on-ice feistiness.
June 8 at age 78. Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledons, four US Opens, and 12 other Grand Slam doubles titles.
June 13 at age 56. Basketball Hall of Famer who won a national championship as a center at Old Dominion in 1980 and three Olympic gold medals (two as a player, one as a coach).
June 13 at age 19. Redshirt freshman lineman for Maryland who collapsed because of heatstroke during an offseason team workout.
June 14 at age 89. Former owner of the Calgary Flames and the only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup (1989).
June 16 at age 76. Pitching coach for three separate stints with the Yankees between 1989 and 2000.
June 17 at age 88. National League umpire from 1973-92 known for his distinctive animated strike calls.
June 19 at age 71. Hall of Fame golfer who won 19 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1977 US Open and the 1985 PGA Championship.
June 20 at age 88. Australian golfing great who won five British Opens, including three in a row from 1954-56.
July 8 at age 86. Basketball Hall of Fame guard and the league’s original “Sixth Man” who was a key part of seven Celtics championship teams in the 1950s and ’60s.
July 12 at age 82. An original Boston Patriot who played five seasons as a tight end and defensive back.
July 16 at age 57. Dominating Texas Tech defensive lineman known as “Senor Sack” who was paralyzed in a car accident as a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie in 1983.
July 16 at age 80. Hall of Fame jockey who won 2,367 races, including the 1964 Belmont Stakes aboard Quadrangle, spoiling Northern Dancer’s Triple Crown bid.
July 16 at age 69. Winner of three PGA Tour titles, including the 1977 Players Championship, and the first player to shoot a 63 in the British Open.
July 22 at age 56. Head coach of the Miami Dolphins (2008-11) and Oakland Raiders (2014) who also worked as an assistant coach for six other NFL teams.
July 24 at age 49. Lefthander who went 15-9 for the Red Sox from 1995-97.
July 24 at age 77. Pitcher for three teams in a 12-year career who clouted two grand slams for the Braves in a 1966 game — the only hurler ever to do so.
July 27 at age 79. Erudite sportscaster and essayist who covered the Boston scene since 1962.
July 28 at age 67. Winner of 13 events on the PGA Tour and seven on the Senior Tour.
Aug. 7 at age 78. Hockey Hall of Famer and Blackhawks icon who won two Hart Trophies as NHL MVP, four Art Ross Trophies as scoring leader, and the Stanley Cup in 1961.
Aug. 9 at age 77. Versatile infielder known as “Super Sub” whose 12-year major league career included 4½ seasons with the Red Sox and a World Series title with the 1965 Dodgers.
Aug. 17 at age 89. General manager of the Spurs (1976-94) and Hornets (1995-2004) who also coached 10 years in the ABA and NBA and was a two-time NBA Executive of the Year.
Aug. 20 at age 81. Cleveland Indians manager (1987-89) who also was a catcher for four teams in the 1960s.
Aug. 21 at age 78. Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end on the Dallas Cowboys’ “Doomsday Defense” of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Sept. 4 at age 82. Left wing whose 16-year pro hockey career included two Stanley Cup titles with Montreal (1958, ’59), one with Chicago (1961), and one season with the Bruins (1964-65).
Sept. 6 at age 85. First woman to run a mile in less than five minutes, when she clocked 4:59.6 on May 29, 1954.
Sept. 6 at age 92. Orlando Magic owner since 1991.
Sept. 11 at age 80. Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Browns who played on their 1964 NFL champions as well as Ohio State’s 1957 national champions.
Sept. 21 at age 81. Pitcher on the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox who led the staff with a 2.77 ERA.
Sept. 24 at age 84. Hall of Fame receiver who played 12 years in the NFL and starred on the Eagles’ 1960 championship team.
Sept. 25 at age 83. NBA Coach of the Year with the Indiana Pacers in 1980-81.
Sept. 27 at age 78. Speedy guard on the 1974 NBA champion Celtics known as “Hambone.”
Oct. 3 at age 22. Running back on Clemson’s 2016 national championship team.
Oct. 4 at age 89. Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist who wrote for the New York Times from 1966-2007.
Oct. 6 at age 90. All-American center on Holy Cross’s 1947 NCAA basketball champion team who also played for the early Celtics in the BAA.
Oct. 7 at age 91. The NCAA career leader in football games coached (638) and won (489), he was at Division 3 St. John’s (Minnesota) for 60 years.
Oct. 8 at age 91. Pro Bowl halfback who was the first African-American player drafted in the NFL (Bears, 1949) but signed first with the AAFC.
Oct. 9 at age 95. San Diego Chargers owner from 1984 until 1993, when he turned over operations to his son.
Oct. 10 at age 96. Basketball Hall of Famer who pioneered the “Triangle Offense” and was an assistant coach on nine NBA champion teams under Phil Jackson.
Oct. 13 at age 83. Bruising Hall of Fame fullback on the great Packers teams of the 1960s who was NFL MVP in 1962 and a key figure in four Green Bay championships.
Oct. 14 at age 51. Popular NESN cameraman who fought an inspirational battle against ALS for two years.
Oct. 19 at age 87. Star defensive tackle who played in eight NFL title games with the Giants and Browns during the 1950s and ’60s, and won the Outland Trophy while at Maryland.
Oct. 21 at age 74. New York Islanders owner from 2000-16.
Oct. 23 at age 90. Defensive coordinator on the Patriots’ 1985 Super Bowl team and head coach for one season, 1990, when the team went 1-15.
Oct. 25 at age 84. NHL president from 1977-92 who oversaw the merger with the WHA and was eventually ousted following labor unrest.
Oct. 28 at age 87. Legendary Brockton High football coach whose teams won nine Super Bowls and who had a career record of 316-101-2.