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Some of the more famous athletes and coaches who have died before they were finished with their sport. Someone should make a part II or part II. RIP
Strikeout Leaders by Decade
'Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth' Enough Said.
The movie 'The Express' is named after this Syracuse grad, who died of leukemia before he ever played a regular season game
This NL 2B won the Rookie of The Year and the Gold Glove in 1962. He died in a plane crash prior to the start of the 1964 season.
The 1971 movie and 2001 remake of the movie 'Brian's Song' tell his story
Died in plane crash delivering supplies to earthquake victim. Pirates great and member of the 3000 hit club.
Famous distance runner in the 1970s, died as a result of an automobile accident
MLB player whose father played in the Negro leagues. Murdered accidentally by the estranged husband of his friend's sister, who was reportedly attempting to shoot the sister.
Yankee catcher, died trying to land a plane
Drafted by the Celtics, but died of an overdose before he ever played
Collapsed during a basketball game and died shortly thereafter
NCAA Men's Basketball (1990)
Died after injuring him self while crash landing his helicopter before test driving a race car at Talladega Superspeedway
Celtics player in the 80s and 90s suffered a sudden cardiac death
NC State Coach who led the Wolfpack to the 1983 championship. Friend of Dick Vitale. Has a classic named in his honor.
NCAA Men's Basketball (1993)
This triple world champion F1 racer died after a crash while he was leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Formula One Racing (1994)
Golfer famous for his unique wardrobe and his enthusiam, died in a plane crash a month after a US Ryder Cup victory
Died from a blot clot after surgery for injuries sustained in a car crash.
The Intimidator Died after a crash at Daytona. # 3
Collapsed during training camp after a pro bowl season
Gave up football to fight in Afghanistan where he was killed by (what was later determined to be) friendly fire
St. Louis Cardinals 20 game winner who died of coronary bloackage during the regular season.
After suffering injuries in a car crash with teammate Dany Heatley, Heatley lived. This player, sadly, did not.
Army Women's Basketball Coach died of enlarged heart, her brother coached at Pitt
NCAA Women's Basketball (2006)
Yankees Pitcher, died when he crashed his airplane into a New York City building
Died after a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day.
Safety from the capital city murdered during an attempted robbery at his home in Miami
Canucks defensiveman died in a motorcycle crash.
Angels pitcher who died in a car crash hours after starting in a game.
QB shot to death by his 20 year old mistress
Troubled Bengals WR, who while in the process of turning his life around suffered head injuries after a domestic dispute with his fiance while on injured reserve
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