Most famous New York sports people who died in 2013
- Bill Mazer
If you grew up in the New York City area in 1970s and 1980s like I did, you remember sports announcer and broadcaster Bill Mazer. Dubbed A-Maz-In, Bill Mazer was the channel 5 sports guy who would answer a sports trivia question every night sent in by a viewer and asked by John Roland on the 10 o'clock news. If Mazer got the answer wrong then the viewer would win a prize.
Bill Mazer is also credited with doing the very first sports talk radio show in 1964 for WNBC in New York. Bill Mazer died on October 23, 2013, at age 92.
Ray Williams, who played five seasons for the New York Knicks, and three for the Nets, died on March 22, 2013, from colon cancer at age 58. A prolific scorer for both the Knicks and Nets, Williams averaged 15.1 points per game as a shooting guard.
I remember Ray Williams best for scoring 52 points in a game for the Nets in 1982. That was the franchise record (tied with Mike Newlin) for many years, until Deron Williams scored 57 points in a game in 2012.
Longtime NFL place kicker and announcer Pat Summerall, who played for the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961, died on April 16, 2013, from cardiac arrest at age 82.
- Dave Jennings
NFL punter Dave Jennings, who played for the Giants from 1974 to 1984, and the New York Jets from 1985 to 1987, died on June 19, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease at age 61. Jennings was also an announcer for the Giants and Jets on radio for many years.
- Bob Turley
Pitcher Bob Turley, who won the Cy Young Award and was World Series MVP for the New York Yankees in 1958, died on March 13, 2013, from liver cancer at age 82. Turley won 82 of his career 101 wins for the Yankees from 1955 to 1962.
- Jim Hudson
DB Jim Hudson, who played for the Jets from 1965 to 1970, and was a starter on the Super Bowl III winning team, died on June 25, 2013, from dementia complications at age 70. Hudson intercepted a pass in Super Bowl III.
- George Sauer
WR George Sauer, who played for the Jets from 1965 to 1970 and also started in Super Bowl III, died on May 7, 2013, from heart failure complicated by Alzheimer's at age 69. Sauer caught eight passes for 133 yards in Super Bowl III.
- Dean Meminger
Dean "The Dream" Meminger, who played for the New York Knicks on the 1973 NBA Championship team, died on August 23, 2013, from a possible drug overdose at age 65.
- Jack Curran
Jack Curran, the longtime Archbishop Molloy basketball and baseball coach who won more games than any high school coach in history and was inducted into nine different Halls of Fame, died on March 14, 2013, from lung and kidney problems at age 82.
- Walt Bellamy
Basketball Hall of Fame member Walt Bellamy, who played for the Knicks from 1965 to 1969, died on November 2, 2013, at age 74.
- Emile Griffith
Boxing great Emile Griffith, who was a New York Golden Gloves champion in 1958 and middleweight champion of the world during his career, died on July 23, 2013, from dementia complications at age 75. In 1962, Emile Griffith knocked out Benny Paret in a match, and Paret died 10 days later having never regained consciousness. Paret had called Griffith a gay slur during the weigh-in before the fight.