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2013 Notable Sports Deaths

Monday - 12/23/2013, 6:01pm  ET

The Associated Press

June 27 -- Alain Mimoun, 92, 1956 Olympic marathon winner. Mimoun, who won the 1956 Olympic marathon after losing three races to Czech great Emil Zatopek, won three silver medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics narrowly missing the gold each time to Zatopek. For the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, he switched to the marathon from shorter-distance races and won, waiting at the finish line for Zatopek to cross in sixth place.

June 28 -- Ted Hood, 86, yachtsman, yacht designer and builder, and sailmaker from Rhode Island who captained the winner of the 1974 America's Cup. Considered an innovator in the industry, Hood was a member of both the America's Cup Hall of Fame and the National Sailing Hall of Fame, which called him the dominant force in sailing for nearly 20 years.

June 29 -- Jack "Jocko" Gotta, 83, former Canadian Football League player, coach and general manager. The former Oregon State player began his nine-year CFL career as a wide receiver and defensive back in 1956 with Calgary, Saskatchewan and Montreal. He became Ottawa's head coach in 1970 and led the Rough Riders to the Grey Cup title in 1973. In 1974, he coached the Birmingham Americans to the first and only World Football League title. Gotta returned to the CFL to coach Calgary and Saskatchewan. He was the CFL's coach of the year in 1972 and 1973 with Ottawa and 1978 with Calgary.

July 3 -- Park Stevens, 20, Mississippi offensive lineman died in a car accident.

July 6 -- Leland Mitchell, 72, former Mississippi State basketball star who played in the renowned MSU-Loyola game in 1963. Mitchell starred at guard on the MSU team that won the Southeastern Conference championship and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. State law prohibited the all-white Bulldogs from traveling to East Lansing, Mich., to face an integrated Loyola University of Chicago team, but MSU coach Babe McCarthy sneaked the team out of town to play the game. Eventual national champion Loyola won 61-51 with Mitchell scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a losing cause.

July 14 -- Matt Batts, 91, former major league baseball player. Batts caught Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige in 1951 during a 10-year major league career. Batts caught Paige, the first black pitcher in the American League, with the St. Louis Browns in 1951. Batts retired after playing for five major league teams.

July 16 -- Jon Richardson, 53, oldest son of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Richardson was a two-year starter and three-year letterman at North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels in receptions in 1981.

July 16 -- Marv Rotblatt, 85, former major league pitcher. Rotblatt, at 5-foot-6, is considered the shortest pitcher in major league history. The left-hander pitched three seasons with the Chicago white Sox (1948 and 1950-51).

July 19 -- Mary Ostrowski, 51, former Tennessee women's basketball star. Ostrowski helped the Lady Vols advance to NCAA Final Fours in 1981, 1982 and 1984. She was an SEC All-Tournament Team member and an All-SEC selection in 1982 and 1984. The 6-foot-2 forward was also was a member of the United States team from 1981 to 1983. She earned a gold medal at the 1983 World University Games.

July 19 -- Bert Trautmann, 89, a former German World War II prisoner of war who became Manchester City's goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final. Trautmann made 545 appearances for City between 1949 and 1964 and was revered for his performance in the team's 1956 FA Cup final win over Birmingham.

July 19 -- Phil Woosnam, 80, former North American Soccer League commissioner. Woosnam led the league from 1968-1982 after finishing his playing career with English teams Aston Villa, West Ham and Leyton Orient. The Welshman won the NASL's first coach of the year award, for the Atlanta Chiefs in 1968, before taking over as commissioner for the next season. He ran the league until 1982, and the league folded after the 1984 season.

July 21 -- Andrea Antonelli, 25, died in a crash at the World Supersport race held in Moscow. The Italian rider lost control of his Kawasaki ZX-6R bike in rainy weather and crashed during the opening lap.

July 23 -- Lydell Hartford Jr., 20, a freshman walk-on linebacker for Arkansas-Pine Bluff was shot to death outside his home in Louisiana.

July 23 -- Emile Griffith, 75, the elegant world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened all of boxing. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

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