Obituaries

The sports world loses some of its stars every day. The following is a list of obituaries of some of those atheletes, as well as those who are connected to the sports collecting hobby.

The list is an extension of the obituaries found in each issue of Sports Collectors Digest.

Obituary List
Godfrey Miles
Godfrey Myles, who won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s as a linebacker, died June 10 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 42. Myles, selected in the third round of the 1991 draft by the Cowboys, played six seasons with the team and recorded 111 tackles in his career. Myles played collegiately at Florida, earning all-SEC honors in 1990.

Jim Northrup
Jim Northrup, nicknamed the “Gray Fox” due to his prematurely graying hair, died June 8 after a seizure. He was 71.
A former Major League Baseball outfielder and left-handed batter who played for the Detroit Tigers (1964-74), Montreal Expos (1974) and Baltimore Orioles (1974-75), Northrup collected 153 home runs in his career, with a .267 career batting average. Northrup was a hero in the Tigers’ 1968 championship, hitting a triple to drive in the winning run off Bob Gibson.

Jose Pagan
Former big leaguer Jose Pagan, who drove in the eventual winning run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, died June 7. He was 76. Pagan, a utility player, broke into the majors with the San Francisco Giants in 1959 and was traded to Pittsburgh in 1965, helping the franchise win the World Series in 1971. His double in the eighth inning of Game 7 gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead over Baltimore, and the Pirates hung on to win 2-1. Pagan also played for Philadelphia during 15 seasons in the majors. He hit .250 with 52 homers and 372 RBIs before retiring in 1973.

May 11:
Former NBA and University of Michigan player Robert "Tractor" Traylor has died from an apparant heart attack. He was 34. Traylor was drafted by the Mavericks with the sixth pick in 1998, but they traded his rights to Milwaukee in a major deal that sent Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas. Traylor played for the Bucks in the first two seasons of a seven-year NBA career that included stops in Cleveland, Charlotte and New Orleans.

May 10: Former Cincinnati Reds general manager Bill Bergesch, who also spent several years in the New York Yankees’ front office during a long career as a major league executive, has died. He was 89. Bergesch served as the Reds’ GM from 1984-87. Some of the players he acquired helped Cincinnati win the World Series in 1990.

May 8: — Lionel Rose, the first Australian aboriginal boxer to win a world title, died at the age of 62. Rose, who beat Japan’s Fighting Harada in Tokyo in 1968 to win the world bantamweight title. He finished his career with 42 wins, 12 by knockout, in 53 fights.

May 7:  PGA golfer Seve Ballesteros, who often amazed with shots that didn’t seem possible, died May 7 from complication of a brain tumor. He was 54.Ballesteros won five Majors during his career and was integral in Ryder Cup matches for the Europeans against the U.S. He finished with 91 professional wins, including nine on the PGA Tour and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

May 1: Former NFL lineman Gene Gossage, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 1960 NFL championship team, has died at age 76. He played 40 games with the Eagles from 1960-62. He was a two-time, All-Big Ten Conference selection while playing at Northwestern. He was drafted in the 28th round by the Eagles in 1958.

April 26: Jim Mandich, the tight end who won two Super Bowl rings with the Miami Dolphins and later became a popular radio announcer for the team, died April 26. He was 62. Mandich played nine seasons in the NFL, the first eight with the Dolphins, including the undefeated 1972 team. He played the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his career, Mandich caught 121 passes and scored 23 touchdowns.

April 25: Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, has died of complications from dementia. He was 84. Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969 following a 16-year NFL career, 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers and the other two for the Baltimore Colts. “The Jet” was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. Perry still stands as San Francisco’s all-time leader in yards rushing (7,344) and rushing touchdowns (50). He led the 49ers in rushing seven consecutive seasons from 1949-1955. Perry finished with 9,723 yards rushing, with 71 touchdowns in 181 career games. Perry was a member of “The Million Dollar Backfield” featuring four future Hall of Famers in Perry, Hugh McElhenny, John Henry Johnson and Y.A. Tittle.

April 19: Lynn Chandnois, a 195’s special teams star for the Pittsburgh Steelers whose average on kickoff returns ranks second only to Gayle Sayers in NFL history, has died Tuesday. He was 86.

Aprl 19:  Grete Waitz, a Norwegian runner who won nine New York City Marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has died after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 57.

Mar. 21: Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov, whose 15 medals made him the second-most decorated male athlete in Olympic history, has died at age 58.

Mar. 18: Drew Hill,  former NFL wide receiver and two-time Pro Bowler who was a key part of the Houston Oilers’ famed "Run and Shoot" offense of the 1980s, died at an Atlanta hospital after suffering two massive strokes. He was 54.

Mar. 16: Murray Warmath: The football coach who led the Minnesota Gophers to a national championship and two back-to-back Rose Bowls died at age 98.

Mar. 15: J. Fred Sanford, a former Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and New York Yankes, died following complicatios froma  stroke.

Mar. 13: Rick Martin, a member of the Buffalo Sabres’ famed French Connection line in the 1970s, died after being involved in a one-car accident on Mar. 13. He was 59.

Mar. 12: Mitchell Page, who had a fantastic rookie season and played eight years in the major leagues before becoming a hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, died Mar. 12. He was 59. Page broke into the big leagues in 1977 with the Oakland A’s, batting .307 with 21 home runs and 75 RBI. He also stole 42 bases and finished runner-up to Eddie Murray in A.Ll Rookie of the Year voting.  Page follwed his rookie campaign with similar numbers in 1978 before playing time and production declined in the remaining six years in the big leagues, the last with Pittsburgh in 1984.
Page was a hitting instructor in the Cardinals organization from 1998-2004 in the minor and at the major league level.

Feb 28: Wally Kaname Yonamine – Wally was the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after world War II. He was also a two-sport star, playing running back for the San Francisco 49ers. He battled prostate cancer and was 85.

Feb. 27: Duke Snider – The Silver Fox passed away at age 84, leaving just Willie Mays about the star centerfielders for the New York teams in the 1980s.

Feb 26: Greg Gossen
– Goosen enjoyed a playing career of six season with the Mets, Pilots and Brewers, but he was probably better known as a private investigator, boxing training and actor after he left baseball. He ws 65.

Feb 18: Len Gilmore – Gilmore was a former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1944.

Feb 8: Cliff Dapper – Dapper was a catcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was traded in 1948 for future Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell.