The following is a list and slideshow of the most famous people in sports who died in 2013. If you are a sports fan you will know most of the famous sports people on the list who died in 2013.
List of the most famous sports people who died in 2013
Stan "The Man" Musial, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, died on January 19, 2013, at age 92 of natural causes. Stan Musial won seven batting titles, three World Series championships, was a three-time MVP, and he was a 24 time all-star, all with the St. Louis Cardinals.
I heard an interview Tim McCarver gave this year talking about his teammate Stan Musial. McCarver said Stan the Man was one of those people in life that never really had anything bad happen to him. One of those people who live a blessed life.
Once, the Cardinals were on a plane flight and the plane started bouncing around real bad and everybody got nervous, but McCarver and his teammates looked over at Stan Musial and realized nothing bad would happen because Stan the Man was on the plane.
Earl Weaver, the longtime Baltimore Orioles manager, also died on January 19, 2013, at the age of 82 from a heart attack while on a Baltimore Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. Earl Weaver won four pennants and one World Series (1970), while compiling a great 1,480-1,060 (.583) record as a manager. Weaver's teams won 100 or more games five times, and Earl Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Esther Williams
Competitive swimming star and pin-up girl Esther Williams, who went on to became a huge movie star, died in her sleep on June 6, 2013 at the age of 91.
- Deacon Jones
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and sack specialist Deacon Jones died on June 3, 2013, at the age of 74 from natural causes. Deacon Jones actually coined the term "sacking the quarterback" during his playing days. Sacks were not counted as a NFL stat until 1982, when Deacon Jones' career was already over, but he unofficially had 194.5 sacks in his career.
Longtime pro football player and announcer Pat Summerall died on April 16, 2013, from a heart attack at age 82.
Former heavyweight champion of the world and boxing great Ken Norton died on September 18, 2013, at age 70 after a long illness in which he suffered many strokes. Ken Norton had a 42-7-1 record as a professional boxer, and he won 33 of his fights by knockout.
Ken Norton is probably best remembered as one of the few boxers (one of just five) to ever beat Mohamed Ali, and for breaking Mohamed Ali's jaw. Norton beat Ali on March 31, 1973, in a 12 round decision, having broken Mohamed Ali's jaw in the 11th round.
At the time, Ken Norton was just the second boxer to ever beat Mohamed Ali (Joe Frazier was the first). Mohamed Ali would subsequently beat Ken Norton the next two times the pair fought by split decisions. Ken Norton's son, Ken Norton, Jr., was a linebacker in the NFL for 13 years, and he won three Super Bowls.
- Tommy Morrison
Tommy Morrison, who was a WBO heavyweight champion with a professional record of 48-3-1 with 44 KO's, died on September 1, 2013, from a blood infection at age 44. Tommy Morrison famously tested positive for HIV before a fight in 1996, which basically ended his boxing career.
Tommy Morrison always denied that he had HIV, and his official death certificate listed his cause of death as cardiac arrest caused by complications from a blood infection, but makes no mention of AIDS or HIV, though his own mother said he had AIDS. Tommy Morrison starred in "Rocky V" alongside Sylvester Stallone.
- Henry Cecil
Henry Cecil, one of the greatest thoroughbred trainers in history, died from cancer at age 70 on June 11, 2013.
- Dick Trickle
NASCAR driver Dick Trickle died on May 16, 2013, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 71.
- Ken Venturi
Longtime professional golfer and golf announcer Ken Venturi, who won the U.S. Open in 1964, passed away on May 17, 2013, from pneumonia.
- Joe Weider
Bodybuilder Joe Weider, who published a ton of muscle magazines, died on March 23, 2013, from heart failure at age 93.
- Jerry Buss
Longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died on February 18, 2013, at age 80 from kidney failure due to cancer. The Lakers won 10 NBA championships with Jerry Buss as owner of the team from 1979 to his death.
- Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman, who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach, died on October 25, 2013, at age 87 after suffering a stroke the week before. Sharman averaged 17.8 points per game in the NBA, and won four championships with the Boston Celtics as a player.
Bill Sharman had a record of 466-353 (.569) as a coach in the NBA. He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976 as a player, and in 2004 as a coach.
- Art Donovan
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and NFL comedian Artie Donovan died on August 4, 2013, at age 89 from respiratory disease. Artie Donovan was a very funny man who loved to tell NFL stories from his playing days.
- Walt Bellamy
Basketball Hall of Fame player Walt Bellamy, who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game in the NBA, died on November 2, 2013, at age 74.
- Caleb Moore
Winter X Games competitor in the freestyle snowmobile competition Caleb Moore died on January 31, 2013, at age 25, after he crashed his snowmoblie while competing at the 2013 X Games on ESPN.
- James Gandolfini
"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano, died on June 19, 2013, at age 51 from a heart attack. Gandolfini, who graduated from Rutgers, was a big supporter of Rutgers football, starring in TV ads for the Scarlet Knights college football program. Gandolfini also owned two homes near me in New Jersey, and I would sometimes pass him on the road while he was jogging. He was always very friendly and would always wave and say hello.