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Gone But Not Forgotten
December 26, 2005
An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields
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December 26, 2005

Gone But Not Forgotten

An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields

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STANLEY DANCER

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The first harness driver to win $1 million in a season (1964), Dancer guided horses to three Triple Crowns between '68 and '72. A charismatic ambassador for his sport, he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and was toasted by Lyndon Johnson at the White House.

ALEXANDER GOMELSKY

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The 5'5" basketball coach led the Soviet Union to seven European titles, two world championships and the 1988 Olympic gold medal. While his team also won gold in '72, Gomelsky was not in Munich; fearing that he would defect, the KGB had confiscated his passport.

HANK STRAM

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The longtime Chiefs coach changed the game, inventing the moving pocket and the two-tight-end formation while leading Kansas City to the AFL title in 1966 and a victory in Super Bowl IV. He said in 2003, "I married the only girl I ever loved and did the only job I ever loved."

DARRELL RUSSELL

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