Ali, Palmer, Summitt, Howe and more: Notable sports figures who died in 2016
December 31, 2016
MUHAMMAD ALI – The boxing legend receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush on Nov. 9, 2005. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, died Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.
ARNOLD PALMER – The four-time Masters champion acknowledges the crowd after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot prior to the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 5, 2007. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as “The King,” died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87.
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GORDIE HOWE – The Hockey Hall of Famer stands next to his statue that was unveiled at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on April 10, 2007. Howe died June 10, 2016, in Sylvania, Ohio. He was 88.
PAT SUMMITT – The Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus watches the senior class that was honored before the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on March 1, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. Summitt, who won a NCAA-record 1,098 games in her career, all as the Tennessee’s women’s team coach, died June 28, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. She was 64.
JOSE FERNANDEZ – The Miami Marlins starting pitcher gestures to the stands after the…
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